Harvard (13-6, 5-1 Ivy) at Princeton (14-4, 4-1 Ivy)
Harvard women's basketball heads out on the road for the first time in almost a full month, visiting Princeton and Penn in a pair of matchups between the teams in the top-three of the Ivy League standings. Harvard hits the road riding a six-game win streak. The Crimson will face Princeton at 6:30 p.m. Friday and then take on Penn at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games can be seen live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard pushed its record at home this season to 10-0 with a pair of commanding wins over Columbia and Cornell last weekend. The Crimson led from start to finish in both contests and sophomore Katie Benzan scored 20 points in both games to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
Both of Harvard's games this weekend could have important implications for the Ivy League Tournament in a month. The Crimson sit at 5-1 in conference games, the top mark, but the Tigers and Quakers are right behind at 4-1. Dartmouth occupies the fourth spot in the standings at 4-2 and Yale is fifth at 3-3.
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.
Harvard student-athletes have been recognized each of the last two weeks as Ivy League Player of the Week. On Jan. 29, senior Taylor Rooks was named co-Player, while sophomore Katie Benzan earned the honor Feb. 5.
Sophomore Katie Benzan is among the best shooters in the nation from 3-point range. Her 46.8 percent shooting percentage from distance is fourth-best in the nation. She has made 66 3-pointers this season, and 151 in her career, which ranks fourth in program history.
80 TIMES FOUR
The Crimson has scored 80 or more points in each of its last four games. Harvard last scored 80 points in four consecutive games in January 1998.
DOMINANTING THE PAINT
Harvard scored 57 points in the paint against Columbia Feb. 2, a new season-high. The previous high this season was 44.
The Tigers have won eight of their last nine contests with that one loss coming on the road last weekend at Yale, 73-59. Princeton bounced back the next night with a win in Providence over Brown, 77-62.
Princeton has used defense to propel it to its 14-4 record with an Ivy League-leading 56.3 scoring defense.
Sophomore Bella Alarie leads the conference in rebounding, averaging 9.4 per game to go with her team-leading 14.8 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - PRINCETON
The all-time series is almost even between the Crimson and Tigers, but Princeton holds the one game edge at 41-40. Recent meetings have fallen in favor of the team from New Jersey, as Princeton has won each of the last eight games against Harvard.
The Quakers are riding a seven-game win streak heading into this weekend. Penn picked up road wins at Brown and Yale last weekend and is tied with Princeton at 4-1 in League play.
Penn boasts the conference's largest scoring margin, winning by over 12.6 points on average. Additionally, the Quakers have the best rebounding margin, tallying 6.3 more than its opponents each game.
Freshman Eleah Parker leads Penn's offense with 13.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg.
SERIES HISTORY - PENN
Saturday will be the 80th all-time meeting between Harvard and Penn with the Crimson holding a 49-30 lead in the series. Penn has flipped the recent results in its favor, winning the last eight games against the Crimson.
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.