CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by freshman Jadyn Bush's first career double-double and a stifling defensive effort, the Harvard women's basketball team (13-6, 5-1 Ivy) topped Cornell (5-14, 1-5 Ivy), 80-58, at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday night. Bush registered a career-best 12 points and matched her career-high in rebounds with 11.
Sophomore Katie Benzan finished with 20 points for the second-straight game and senior Taylor Rooks chipped in 16. Junior Madeline Raster was also in double figures with 12 points. The win keeps the Crimson atop the Ivy League standings at 5-1. Princeton and Penn lurk in second at 4-1. Harvard hits the road to face both next weekend.
Harvard's offense distributed the scoring nicely in the opening quarter, as all seven student-athletes that played scored at least one field goal. Sophomore Jeannie Boehm led the way with two buckets, while Benzan hit Harvard's only 3-pointer of the frame. The Crimson controlled the paint on both ends of floor, outscoring the Big Red 12-2 down low.
The Crimson's defense was smothering in the first two quarters. Harvard contested every shot the Big Red attempt, holding it to just 24 percent shooting and 21 points, the lowest first half total by an opponent this season. The Crimson shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes and held a 36-21 advantage on the scoreboard.
Harvard remained very much in control of the contest throughout the second half. Benzan converted on three 3-point attempts and added 14 points to her total in the final two quarters. Bush shined in extended action, tallying 10 points and nine rebounds to clinch her first double-double. The score at the final horn stood at 80-58, marking the fourth-straight game of at least 80 points for Harvard and the third-lowest total for a Crimson opponent this year.
- Harvard has won six straight and is 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
- The Crimson led from start to finish in both victories this weekend over Columbia and Cornell.
- Jadyn Bush finished with a career-high 12 points and 11 rebounds, highlighting her first career double-double.
- Harvard scored 31 second chance points against Cornell, its highest total this season.
- The Crimson is 66-12 all-time against Cornell and the Big Red still has never won in Cambridge.
Harvard heads out on the road for the first time since Jan. 6 next weekend, taking on Princeton and Penn in a pair of ESPN3 matchups.