Women’s Basketball Celebrates 2017-18 Season at Banquet

Women’s Basketball Celebrates 2017-18 Season at Banquet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a night of celebration last Wednesday, April 11, as the student-athletes, coaches and support staff of the Harvard women's basketball team came together at the Faculty Club on campus to celebrate the 2017-18 season. 

Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and her staff had the honor of recognizing seniors Taylor Rooks and Kirby Porter, as well as handing out this season's awards.

Porter, a co-captain this season, took home the Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award. The award is given annually to the player who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm and dedication to the team, while exemplifying what it means to wear the Harvard jersey by always putting the team first and by contributing to the Harvard community both on and off the court. 

Rooks and sophomore Katie Benzan were tabbed co-MVP. Both players earned All-Ivy League honors this season with Benzan earning the only unanimous selection in the conference. The duo led the team in scoring this season combining for 26 points per outing with each starting all 29 games. Rooks consistently filled the stat sheet this season, posting a team-best six double-doubles, while Benzan's 99 made 3-pointers set a new single-season program record.

Junior Sydney Skinner was honored as the Best Defensive Player. Skinner was a constant spark off the bench, averaging 22.5 minutes. She accounted for 31 steals on the year, while also chipping in 9.0 ppg, 2.8 apg and 3.5 rpg.

The Most Improved Player Award went to freshman Grace Tworek. The Inverness, Illinois native saw action in 16 games, playing seven minutes against Virginia, Yale and Cornell.