CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Continuing its four-game homestand at Lavietes Pavilion, the Harvard women's basketball team will welcome Maine for a midweek match up on Tuesday, Dec. 4, before facing Rutgers on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tuesday's tilt with the Black Bears is slated for 7 p.m., while tip-off for Saturday's contest is set for 2 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+, while Saturday's match up with Maine will also be featured on NESN.
What to Know
- Despite a late-game scoring push, Harvard fell to Quinnipiac, 72-67, in a double-overtime thriller at Lavietes Pavilion last Friday, Nov. 30. Junior Katie Benzan posted a team-high 27 points, tying her career-best at Harvard. Sophomore Jadyn Bush posted her fifth double-double of the season, adding 12 points and 11 rebounds to her tally.
- The Crimson ended its opening month of the season at .500 with a 4-4 overall record, averaging 69.4 points, 16.4 assists and 42.0 rebounds per game.
- Junior guard Katie Benzan tops Harvard's line up in points per game with 14.3, while Sydney Skinner and Jadyn Bush follow closely behind at 12.3 and 12.1, respectively. Defensively, Bush has led the Crimson in rebounds six of Harvard's eight contests this season, averaging 9.6 boards per game.
- Currently on a three-game winning streak, Maine comes to Cambridge with a 5-2 overall record after wins over NC A&T State, Penn and North Carolina. After opening its season with four-straight wins, Rutgers has gone 1-3 in its last four contests to go into the weekend with a 5-3 overall mark.
Leading the Way
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 37th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its third-straight, and eighth in the last 10 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 585 career victories, Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side during the 2013-14 season.
Harvard will take a two-week break before returning to action to battle Boston University on Friday, Dec. 21 to close out its four-game homestand, before traveling to Rhode Island on Friday, Dec. 28 for a 2 p.m. tip-off.