Harvard begins its swing through the second half of the Ivy schedule with a quick jaunt to Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson's first stop is Providence, Rhode Island to take on Brown Friday and follow with a journey to New Haven, Connecticut to face Yale. Both games will be simulcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network at 6 p.m. each night.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard saw its six-game win streak snapped as it dropped road contests at Princeton and Penn. Sophomore Katie Benzan reached double figures in both games, scoring 14 against the Tigers and 12 versus the Quakers. Junior Madeline Raster led the Crimson with 13 points against Penn, while sophomore Jeannie Boehm had 10 boards.
Following Tuesday's clash between Penn and Princeton in New Jersey, the Tigers lead the Ivy standings with a 7-1 record while the Quakers are second at 6-2. Harvard and Yale are deadlocked at 5-3 with Dartmouth in tow at 4-4. Including this weekend's matchups, each team has six league games remaining in an attempt to secure a top-four finish and a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.
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 has not lost a game when it...
- Scores over 70 points (11-0)
- Shoots over 35 percent from 3-point (10-0)
- Is leading at halftime (11-0)
Sophomore Katie Benzan is among the best shooters in the nation from 3-point range. Her 47.1 percent shooting percentage from distance is sixth-best in the nation. She has made 73 3-pointers this season, and 158 in her career, which ranks fourth in program history.
80 TIMES FOUR
The Crimson has scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games, Jan. 26 - Feb. 3. 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.
After a 12-1 start to its season during the out-of-conference portion, Brown has struggled to a 2-6 record during the first swing through the Ivy League season, including an 87-85 loss at Harvard Jan. 27. The Bears snapped a five-game conference skid last Saturday at Columbia, beating the Lions, 84-80.
Despite the lack of wins recently, the Bears remain the highest scoring team in the Ivy League, averaging 78.1 points per game. Brown also allows the most points per game, allowing its opponents to score 73.0 ppg.
Junior Shayna Mehta and sophomore Justine Gaziano are second and third, respectively, in scoring in the conference. Mehta scores at an 18.9 ppg clip and Gaziano averages 18.0 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - BROWN
Harvard pushed its current win streak in the series against Brown to six games with its 87-85 triumph in January. Senior Taylor Rooks led the charge in that matchup with a career-high 24 points, while junior Sydney Skinner chipped in 16 off the bench. Harvard is 51-34 all-time against Brown and has won nine of the last 10 meetings.
Yale is coming off a weekend road sweep at Columbia and Cornell to move to 5-3 in the Ancient Eight. Since its 97-73 loss to the Crimson Jan. 26, the Bulldogs are 4-1 with wins over Dartmouth and Princeton, in addition to beating the Lions and Big Red.
The Bulldogs rely heavily on its defense to win games. Yale leads the conference with 10.86 steals per outing, and averages 4.76 less turnovers per game than its opponents.
Senior Tamara Simpson leads the Ivy League with in steals at 4.7 per game. Simpson also ranks sixth in scoring at 15.2 ppg. Classmate Jen Berkowitz is fifth in the League at 15.3 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - YALE
Harvard's 97-73 victory Jan. 26 marked the highest point total for the Crimson ever against the Bulldogs. Rooks had 22 points, leading five Crimson scorers that reached double figures. Harvard is 52-31 all-time and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
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.