The 2017-18 regular season comes to a close this weekend, as the Harvard women's basketball team will travel to the Empire State for games at Cornell and Columbia. Tip-off in Ithaca Saturday is set for 2 p.m. and the game in Manhattan will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and can be seen on SNY. Both games will also be available on the Ivy League Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard capped the home portion of its regular season slate in exciting fashion last weekend, topping Penn and Princeton to secure a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. Senior Taylor Rooks led the charge against the Quakers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The following night, she chipped in nine points and junior Sydney Skinner came through with 16 off the bench. The sweep was the first of Penn and Princeton for the Crimson since 2013.
The four teams that will compete in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament were locked in over the weekend, as Harvard and Yale secured spots, joining Princeton and Penn. The seedings for the tournament will be determined following the conclusion of this weekend's contests. Yale will be on the road this weekend at Penn and Princeton.
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 put the finishing touches on a historic season at Lavietes Pavilion last weekend. With its wins over Penn and Princeton on its renovated home floor, the Crimson finish the regular season 12-0 at home. The 12 wins are the most at home in Harvard's history in a single season and the unbeaten mark is just the fourth-ever in program history.
Harvard has not lost a game when it...
- Scores over 70 points (13-0)
- Shoots over 35 percent from 3-point (12-0)
- Is leading at halftime (14-0)
- Shooting 50 percent or better from the field (6-0)
Senior Taylor Rooks has twice been named Ivy League Player of the Week. The Warren, New Jersey native picked up the honors Jan. 29 and Feb. 26. Sophomore Katie Benzan was also recognized with the honor on Feb. 5.
Senior Taylor Rooks registered her team-best fifth double-double Feb. 23, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win over Penn. Sophomore Jeannie Boehm also has three double-doubles this season. Freshman Jadyn Bush earned her first collegiate double-double Feb. 3 vs. Cornell with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Katie Benzan is among the best shooters in the nation from 3-point range. Her 46.2 percent shooting percentage from distance is eighth-best in the nation. She has made 84 3-pointers this season, and 169 in her career, which is one shy of Christine Matera for third all-time. Benzan holds the record for 3-pointers made in a season at 85.
The Big Red heads into the final weekend of the regular season with a 2-10 conference record, tied with Columbia for seventh. With road losses last weekend at Yale and Brown, Cornell has lost its last five games.
The Big Red is last in the Ivy League in scoring, averaging just 55.3 points per outing. Defensively, Cornell is third in the league, holding opponents to 63.4 ppg, and is second in steals as a team at 9.24 spg.
Sophomore guard Samantha Widmann is second in the Ancient Eight with 58 steals this season. She also ranks sixth in scoring at 14.8 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - CORNELL
Harvard has been victorious in 19 of the last 20 meetings against the Big Red, including an 80-58 win earlier this season. Katie Benzan led the Crimson to victory in that game with 20 points and seven assists. All-time, Harvard is 66-12 against Cornell.
Columbia posted a road split last weekend, defeating Brown, 90-74, and falling to Yale, 66-59. The win over the Bears snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lions that began with their loss at Lavietes Pavilion to the Crimson Feb. 2.
Senior Camille Zimmerman continues to lead the Ivy League in scoring at 19.6 ppg and rebounding at 10.0 rpg. Freshman Riley Casey is second on the team at 9.9 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - COLUMBIA
The Crimson pushed its current win streak against the Lions to six games with an 85-67 triumph in early February. Katie Benzan scored 20 points in the win. Harvard maintains a 62-3 advantage in the series.
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.