The Harvard women's basketball team will head across town Wednesday to take on Northeastern at 12 p.m. The game is being played as part of Boston Public Schools Day at historic Matthews Arena and can be seen live on GoNU.com. The game is the last matchup for the Crimson before it takes a two-week hiatus for finals.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard will look to bounce back after suffering a road defeat at Temple this past Saturday. Sophomore Jeanie Boehm led Harvard with 12 points, but the Owls took an 86-64 decision at McGonigle Hall.
Wednesday's meeting will be the 30th in the all-time series between the Crimson and the Huskies dating back to 1977. Northeastern holds a one-game edge in the series, leading 15-14, but Harvard has won each of the last four contests, including a 67-65 triumph in the most recent battle on Dec. 20, 2014. The 30 games against Northeastern represents the second-most against an out-of-conference opponent for Harvard. The Crimson has only played Boston University more times at 33 meetings.
PROTECTING OUR POSSESSIONS
Harvard committed just four turnovers at Temple Saturday, Dec. 2. It was the fewest turnovers in a game for the Crimson, breaking the previous record of five against Princeton on Jan. 8, 1993.
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL
Against Temple Dec. 2, all 14 student-athletes on the Crimson roster played against the Owls, with 12 players recording at least two points.
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 41.9 average. Harvard has a league-leading 15.7 offensive rebounds per game. On the defensive boards, Harvard is grabbing 26.4 per outing, fourth in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard has blocked more shots than its opponent in all but one game this season, including swatting seven against Siena. Jeannie Boehm paces the Ivy League with a 2.8 bpg mark, which is also good for 15th nationally.
As a team, Harvard averages 4.75 blocks per game, second-most in the Ivy League to Brown's 4.8.
Harvard's bench players contributed 30 of the Crimson's 64 points at Temple Dec. 2, the most in a single game this season.
Sophomore Katie Benzan continues to be a sharp-shooter from behind the 3-point arc. Her 26 made 3-pointers is good for 11th nationally, while her 3.3 per game is first in the Ivies.
THE ROOKS SHOW
Tuesday, Nov. 21 proved to be a career-night for senior Taylor Rooks. The Warren, New Jersey native went for a career-high 22 points and registered her second double-double with 11 rebounds. She finished the game 8-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers.
MOST OF THEIR MINUTES
Sophomore Mackenzie Barta played a season-high 12 minutes at Temple Dec. 2 and had a career-high six points. Freshman Rachel Levy saw her first game action as a Crimson student-athlete against the Owls and scored five points in three minutes.
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 Huskies enter Wednesday's matchup with a 3-4 overall record. After winning three-straight games over Fairfield, Marist and Massachusetts, the Huskies have dropped consecutive games to Houston and New Hampshire.
Northeastern brings a balanced attack into the game against Harvard, as five players average 12 or more points per outing. Freshman Stella Clark leads the way at 14.3, followed by senior Claudia Ortiz (13.8), junior Jess Genco (13.7), junior Gabby Giacone (13.7) and sophomore Shannon Todd (12.0).
Last season, Northeastern went 12-19 overall and 8-10 in the CAA. Its season came to a close in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament with a 68-50 loss to Drexel.
IVY LEAGUE NETWORK
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