CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women's basketball team closed out its four-game homestand with a decisive 67-47 victory over cross-town rival Boston University on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson improves to 5-6 (0-0 Ivy), while the Terriers fall to 4-6 (0-0 Patriot).
Leading the Crimson, Katie Benzan had a productive night from distance, sinking six threes for 18 points on the night. Captain Sydney Skinner kept close behind, scoring 13 points and picking up a team-high six assists. Jadyn Bush was a force on defense, posting ten boards and two steals in the Crimson's victory. Jeannie Boehm stifled BU, putting up four blocks and keeping the Terriers to just 30 percent from the field.
Opening scoring for the Crimson, junior Boehm put up two to get the momentum going for Harvard early. Threes from Benzan, Redford and Skinner pushed the Crimson to a 15-12 lead over the Terriers moving into the second.
With an efficient quarter from long-range, Mackenzie Barta's two triples propelled the Crimson to a nine-point lead headed into the locker room. On defense, Boehm led the charge through two periods, posting three blocks and keeping BU scoreless from distance.
An explosive third quarter performance opened up a commanding lead for the Crimson, posting 28 points over the Terriers' 11. An early 12-point scoring run and a total five three-pointers in the third played a critical role in securing the Crimson's 55-29 lead as the teams entered the final frame.
Despite an 11-point run from the Terriers to close out the fourth, the Crimson maintained a dominating presence on the court, sinking three consecutive triples to close out scoring and earn a 67-47 win over BU.
- Katie Benzan posted a team-high 18 points off six three-point shots.
- Sydney Skinner dished out a team-high six assists while sinking 13 points.
- Jadyn Bush and Jeannie Boehm came together to dominate the defense for Harvard. Bush posted a team-leading 10 boards and two steals, while Boehm helped stifle BU's shooting with four blocks.
- With tonight's victory, the Crimson tallied its fourth consecutive win over BU to improve to 19-15 all-time in the series.
The Crimson hits the road for its last two bouts of 2018 with games against Rhode Island on Dec. 28 and California on Dec. 30.