Women’s Basketball Uses Three Ball to Down Northeastern, 79-69

Katie Benzan made seven 3-pointers and had a career-high 27 points at Northeastern (Brian McWalters).
Katie Benzan made seven 3-pointers and had a career-high 27 points at Northeastern (Brian McWalters).
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BOSTON  Led by a career-high 27 points from sophomore guard Katie Benzan, Harvard women's basketball (5-4) defeated Northeastern (3-5), 79-69, Wednesday afternoon at Matthews Arena. Harvard made 14 3-pointers in the game, it's most this season.

The scoreboard tilted in favor of the Huskies over the first eight minutes, 20-15, but Harvard took over from there. Beginning at the 2:01 mark of the first quarter until 3:48 left in the second, Harvard went on a 22-0 run to seize control of the game, 37-20. Benzan led the charge for the Crimson, hitting 6-of-7 3-point attempts and posting 20 points. In addition, Benzan dished out four assists in the first two periods.

As a team, the Crimson capitalized on Northeastern's mistakes, registering nine points off five Huskies' turnovers in the opening half. Harvard posted a 48 percent field goal percentage while holding Northeastern to 28 percent, leading to a 40-27 advantage for the visitors at half.

Harvard extended its lead to 18 points in the third quarter. In the early minutes, Madeline Raster stole an inbound pass on the defensive side of the floor and then went coast-to-coast for the layup and the foul, completing the three-point play. The Crimson capped the frame with a triple by Sydney Skinner.

Northeastern did not go down without a fight, cutting the deficit to as few as seven points with 1:09 remaining, but four successful free throws by Benzan and two more from Kirby Porter sealed the victory for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights:
- Sophomore Katie Benzan was 7-of-9 from 3-point range. Her seven makes matched a career-high. She finished with 27 points, a new career-high.
- The Crimson as a team hit 14 triples, setting a new season-high. The 14 makes were the most since converting 16 times at Minnesota in the 2016-17 season opener.
- Harvard had its best shooting game of the season, hitting 47.2 percent of its attempts (25-of-53).
- The Crimson outrebounded Northeastern, 42-33.

Game Notes:
- The all-time series between Harvard and Northeastern is now tied at 15-15.
- Wednesday's game was Boston Public Schools Day at Matthews Arena. Student from all over the city were invited and the attendance was 2,043.

What's next?
The Crimson will take the next two weeks off from competition during the finals period before heading to Fort Myers, Florida to take on Florida Gulf Coast and Akron at the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Classic Dec. 20 and 21, respectively.