CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Scoring a season-high 19 points, sophomore Jeannie Boehm led the Harvard women's basketball team (4-3) to a 64-60 victory over North Carolina A&T Sunday. Classmate Katie Benzan was selected to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 11.5 points and seven rebounds over the weekend.
The Aggies challenged Harvard with a full court press throughout the first quarter, but the Crimson guards were able to beat the pressure consistently. Harvard also showed its speed in the opening frame, running the floor and scoring six fast break points and making 12 of its 18 points from inside the paint. Boehm led the charge with six points, helping Harvard jump out to an 18-11 lead after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, the Crimson continued to battle the Aggies' pressure with a high degree of success. Boehm netted two more buckets in the quarter and Taylor Rooks brought her rebound total up to seven to lead all players. Harvard also worked the in-out game well, leading to triples from Benzan and Skinner off passes from down low. North Carolina A&T's offense kept pace with the Crimson though, keeping the halftime score within five at 33-28.
Harvard opened the lead up to 10 points early in the third frame. On the break, Sydney Skinner fed a diving Rooks for the bucket and then on the Crimson's next possession, Boehm used a spin move and hook shot in the paint. NC A&T stayed within striking distance despite Harvard's efforts to pull away and trailed 55-47 heading to the final period.
North Carolina A&T made a late charge in the final minutes, closing the deficit to as few as three points in the final minute, but Madeline Raster hit a free throw with 12 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
- Katie Benzan was named to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament team.
- Jadyn Bush had a career-high seven rebounds against the Aggies.
- Jeannie Boehm was 9-for-15 from the field for 19 points, one shy of her career-high.
- This was the first-ever meeting between the Crimson and Aggies and just the third time Harvard has played a team from the MEAC. Harvard is now 2-1 against the conference.
The Crimson will head to Philadelphia Saturday, Dec. 2, visiting Temple at 2 p.m.