Harvard women's basketball will play its third of six-straight games away from Lavietes Pavilion Saturday afternoon, traveling to Philadelphia to take on Temple at 2 p.m. at McGonigle Hall.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard went 1-1 at the Cavalier Classic hosted by the University of Virginia last weekend. The Crimson fell to UVA, 50-48, in its first matchup, before bouncing back to defeating North Carolina A&T, 64-60, on Sunday. Sophomore Katie Benzan was selected to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points and seven rebounds. The seven boards she had in both games, matched her career-high.
Harvard is 1-2 all-time against Temple having defeated the Owls last season at Lavietes Pavilion. Madeline Raster had 14 points and Katie Benzan dropped 13 to lead the Crimson to the victory. Sydney Skinner had a team-high 11 rebounds against the Owls.
OWNING THE GLASS
Harvard has made it a point to be active on the glass this season. The Crimson ranks first in the Ivy League in rebounding offense with a 43.4 average. Harvard and Cornell are tied for the league-lead in offensive rebounds per game at 15.7. On the defensive boards, Harvard is grabbing 27.7 per outing, second in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard has blocked more shots than its opponent in each game this season, including swatting seven against Siena. Jeannie Boehm paces the Ivy League with a 3.1 bpg mark, which is also good for 11th nationally.
As a team, Harvard averages 5.3 blocks per game to lead the conference and rank 17th in the country.
Sophomore Katie Benzan continues to be a sharp-shooter from behind the 3-point arc. Her 23 made 3-pointers is good for eighth nationally, while her 3.3 per game is second in the Ivies.
Junior Madeline Raster was selected to the Maine Tip-Off All-Tournament team after averaging 10 points, two rebounds and two assists against Dayton and Maine.
Sophomore Katie Benzan was named to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points and seven rebounds.
HARVARD AGAINST THE AAC
Harvard is 4-7 all-time against teams from the American Athletic Conference. Harvard has two wins over Connecticut, while also boasting victories over Tulsa and Temple.
Junior Madeline Raster has scored in double figures in all seven games this season, the lone Harvard student-athlete to do that. She has scored 11 in each of the last two games against Virginia and NC A&T.
Harvard women's basketball was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. Harvard has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign (11 years). The Crimson earned 98 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second in the poll with 120 points, and Penn, picked first with 129 points. Harvard finished the 2016-17 campaign in third place at 8-6 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (9-5) and conference regular season champion Penn (13-1).
LINK: Women's Basketball Picked Third in Ivy Preseason Poll
AROUND THE YARD
Junior Madeline Raster wrote a phenomenal blog as part of the Athletic Department's larger "Around the Yard" series. Raster detailed her experience on a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago where she spent a week teaching sports to underprivileged children.
The Owls enter Saturday's matchup with a 5-2 overall record. Temple has played five of its seven games on its home court, McGonigle Hall, going 3-2. On Wednesday evening, the Owls edged Saint Joseph's at home, 69-66.
Senior Tanaya Atkinson led the Owls in scoring Wednesday with 24 points. She is averaging 23.1 points per game and is shooting 50 percent (56-of-112). On the year, Atkinson is averaging a double-double, grabbing 11.1 rebounds.
Harvard won last season's meeting, 73-62, at Lavietes Pavilion, one of just eight blemishes on Temple's record last season. The Owls went 24-8 overall and 13-3 in the American Athletic Conference. In the NCAA Tournament, Temple fell to then-No. 10 Oregon, 71-70, in the first round.
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