FT. MYERS, Fla. – Senior Taylor Rooks racked up 17 points, sophomore Jeannie Boehm finished with 13 and freshman Jadyn Bush grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds leading the Harvard women's basketball team (6-5) to a 76-63 victory over Akron (6-5) Thursday. Following the conclusion of the game, Rooks and Boehm were selected to the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn All-Tournament Team.
Harvard wasted no time taking control, scoring a season-high for points in a quarter to lead 26-15 after 10 minutes of action. Junior Madeline Raster knocked down both 3-pointers she attempted and converted a pair of free throws to lead all scorers with eight points. The trio of Boehm, Rooks and Sydney Skinner all chipped in five points during the offensive onslaught.
The Crimson continued to find its shot in the second quarter, hitting on 10 of its 17 field goal attempts (59 percent). Sophomore Nani Redford accounted for five points as the quarter was getting underway, hitting a 3-pointer and then finishing on a drive within a 52-second span. Bush accounted for Harvard's next two buckets, finding the bottom of the mesh twice inside the paint. Sophomore Katie Benzan closed out the frame with her second triple of the contest and Harvard sported a 49-36 lead at halftime.
Rooks and Kirby Porter assisted the Crimson in extending its lead throughout the third quarter. The duo hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first two minutes and Porter knocked down a second prior to the midpoint. At the end of the third, Harvard led 64-47. Harvard's defense held Akron at bay through the final quarter, giving the Crimson its sixth victory this season.
- Senior Taylor Rooks and sophomore Jeannie Boehm were selected to the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Classic All-Tournament Team.
- Harvard's 26 points in the opening period were the most in single period for the Crimson this season.
- Freshman Jadyn Bush finished with 14 rebounds, a new career-high. She had 22 total rebounds in the tournament.
- Harvard once again eclipsed 50 rebounds, finishing with 57 against Akron. The Crimson had 54 yesterday against FGCU.
- Thursday's game was the first ever meeting between Harvard and Akron.
Harvard will close out the 2017 calendar year at home on Dec. 31, hosting Stony Brook at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NESN and the Ivy League Network.