Harvard (14-9, 6-4 Ivy) vs. Penn (17-6, 8-2 Ivy)
Harvard vs. Princeton (19-4, 9-1 Ivy)
Harvard welcomes Penn and Princeton to Lavietes Pavilion for its final home weekend of the regular season. The Quakers make the trip to Cambridge Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the Tigers coming to town Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games can be seen live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network. Harvard will honor is seniors, Kirby Porter and Taylor Rooks, prior to Saturday's game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Crimson split its weekend on the road, defeating Brown, but falling at Yale. Sophomore Katie Benzan led six Crimson student-athletes in double figures with 20 points in the triumph over the Bears. In both games, junior co-captain Madeline Raster came up one rebound shy of a double-double, going for 14 and 10 points.
Princeton and Penn represent the top two teams in the Ivy League standings with 9-1 and 8-2 records, respectively. Harvard enters the final four games of the regular season in a tie for third in the standings with Yale and Dartmouth at 6-4. Harvard travel partner Dartmouth will also host Penn and Princeton this weekend, while Yale will host Columbia and Cornell.
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 is set to wrap up the home portion of the regular season this weekend. The Crimson is 10-0 in the renovated confines of Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard also started last season 10-0 at home.
Harvard has not lost a game when it...
- Scores over 70 points (12-0)
- Shoots over 35 percent from 3-point (11-0)
- Is leading at halftime (12-0)
Harvard student-athletes have been recognized twice 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 47.3 percent shooting percentage from distance is third-best in the nation. She has made 80 3-pointers this season, and 169 in her career, which is one shy of Christine Matera for third all-time. Benzan holds the records for 3-pointers made in a season at 85.
The Crimson's 8.4 3-pointers per game is the highest average in the Ancient Eight and ranks 33rd nationally. Harvard hit a season-high 14 triples at Northeastern Dec. 6, as well as Jan. 26 against Yale.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
Freshman Jadyn Bush was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line against Maine Nov. 11 and made 7-of-7 in a win at Brown Feb. 16.
The Quakers are second in the Ivy League with an 8-2 record after picking up road wins at Columbia and Cornell last weekend. Penn held the Lions and Cornell to 39 points in both games. The Quakers' scoring defense number stands at 54.7 ppg, the 14th-best mark in the nation.
Blocked shots have propelled the Penn defense. With 5.87 blocks per game, the Quakers lead the Ivy and are 14th in the nation. Senior Michelle Nwokedi (2.4) and Freshman Eleah Parker (1.9) are top-five in the conference in blocks per game.
Parker leads Penn's offense with 11.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg.
SERIES HISTORY - PENN
Recent history has favored the Quakers who have won the last nine meetings in the all-time series. The first matchup this season was the 80th all-time between Harvard and Penn. Harvard maintains a 49-31 advantage, but has not beaten Penn since 2013.
The Tigers have won their last six games and lead the conference with a 9-1 record. Princeton had Ivy League's best scoring defense at 54.3 ppg, a figure that ranks 10th nationally. Princeton's scoring margin of 13.1 ppg is also the largest number in the conference.
The Tigers also lead the conference in assists as a team with 15.74 per outing. Senior Leslie Robinson leads the team with 4.2 per game.
Offensively, sophomore Bella Alarie leads the team with 14.2 ppg and is second in the conference with a 51.0 percent shooting percentage.
SERIES HISTORY - PRINCETON
The all-time series is almost even between the Crimson and Tigers, but Princeton holds the one game edge at 42-40. Recent meetings have fallen in favor of the team from New Jersey, as Princeton has won each of the last nine games against Harvard.
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.
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