Conference action gets underway for four Ivy League teams Saturday. The Harvard women's basketball team visits Dartmouth, while Princeton visits Penn. The Crimson and big Green will tip-off at 5 p.m. in Hanover, New Hampshire. Fans can catch all the action on the Ivy League Network and the ILN app.
LAST TIME OUT
In a back-and-forth contest, Harvard used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to overtake Stony Brook on New Year's Eve at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior Taylor Rooks led all scorers with 18 points, while junior Sydney Skinner chipped in a season-high 15.
Harvard won both meetings with Dartmouth last season and boasts a 47-34 lead in the all-time series. Dating back to 2010, Harvard is 12-3 in the last 15 matchups against its travel partner.
The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
Senior Taylor Rooks has led the Crimson offense over the last three games. The Warren, New Jersey native has scored at least 16 points in each of the last three games, including a game-high 18 against Stony Brook Sunday. Rooks is just the third Crimson player with three consecutive games in double figures, joining Madeline Raster (seven) and Katie Benzan (five).
Harvard sits at 25-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 22-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 17-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 11-6 edge in those contests.
Against Stony Brook Dec. 31, junior Sydney Skinner was 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range, tallying 15 points, her most since a career-high 23 against Cornell Jan. 27, 2017.
Harvard is making it difficult for its opponents to score this season, holding teams to 37.2 percent shooting, the best mark in the Ivy League.
Harvard has blocked more shots than its opponent in all but two games this season, including swatting seven against Siena. Jeannie Boehm is second in the Ivy League with a 2.75 bpg mark, which is also good for 15th nationally.
As a team, Harvard averages 4.83 blocks per game, third-most in the Ivy League.
After winning eight games all of last season, the Big Green has reached that mark before Ivy League games begin this weekend. Dartmouth stands at 8-5 this year, but has dropped three of its last four outings, including a New Year's defeat at Binghamton, 80-64.
The upperclassmen trio of juniors Cy Lippold and Isalys Quinones, as well as senior Kate Letkewicz pace the Big Green offense. Lippold checks in with a team-high 13.8 ppg, with Letkewicz right behind at 12.5 ppg and a team-best 6.3 rpg. Quinones is contributing 10.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
As a team, Dartmouth is scoring 66.2 ppg, good for third in the Ivy League. The Big Green is also giving up an identical 66.2 points to its opponents, the fifth-lowest total in the conference.
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).
AROUND THE YARD
Juniors Madeline Raster and Nani Redford wrote a phenomenal blogs 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 and Redford described her trip to Africa.
IVY LEAGUE NETWORK
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Make sure to head over to tickets.GoCrimson.com to reserve your seats for every Harvard women's basketball home game.