CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After nearly three weeks off from competition, the Harvard women's basketball team returns to the court this Saturday, Jan. 19 to host Dartmouth at Lavietes Pavilion in its Ivy League opener. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m., while the contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson and Big Green are currently tied for fourth in the Ivy League standings after both accumulating a 7-6 overall record through non-conference play.
- Junior guard Katie Benzan paces Harvard's offense with 14.8 points per game, while senior Sydney Skinner and sophomore Jadyn bush join Benzan in double figures with 12.5 and 10.5, respectively. Defensively, Bush leads the Crimson with 8.4 rebounds per game, while junior Jeannie Boehm has registered 1.8 blocks per game.
- Taking to the court for its final non-conference game of the season on Dec. 30, the Crimson upset No. 14 California, 85-79. Harvard handed California just its second loss of the season and recorded its first win over a ranked opponent since 1998. Following the victory, Katie Benzan was named the Ivy League's and espnW's National Player of the Week after posting double-digit points for the 10th time this season with 19.
- Harvard sits at 25-19 all-time in Ivy League openers and 22-14 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 18-straight seasons, with the Crimson holding an 11-7 edge in those contests over the Big Green.
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 make a return trip to Hanover, N.H. to face Dartmouth on its home court next Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., while the contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.