Benzan, Bush Lead Women’s Basketball Past Dartmouth, 73-57

HANOVER, N.H. – Extending its win streak to five games, the Harvard women's basketball team improved to 2-0 in Ivy League action with a 73-57 win over Dartmouth tonight, Jan. 26 at the Leede Amphitheater. The Crimson moves to 9-6 overall and secured its season series sweep over the Big Green, as Dartmouth falls to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Four Crimson players recorded double-digit points in tonight's contest, led by junior Katie Benzan with 22. Sophomore Jadyn Bush followed closely behind with 16, while Madeline Raster and Rachel Levy each posted 10. Bush registered her eighth double-double of the season, adding 11 rebounds to her tally. Senior co-captain Sydney Skinner and Levy aided the defense, each posting eight boards apiece.

The Crimson opened scoring after a steal at half court by Sydney Skinner led to a deep triple from Katie Benzan. Harvard then pushed its early advantage to 11-5, courtesy of six points from sophomore Jadyn Bush. The Big Green began to chip away at its deficit, taking a 24-19 lead into the second quarter. A defensive battle ensued at the beginning of quarter two, as both teams remained scoreless through the first three minutes. Benzan and Skinner broke through as triples from the pair put the Crimson back in the lead at 37-34 going into halftime.

Harvard used a 4-0 run at the start of quarter three to widen the gap by 11. The teams traded baskets through the remainder of action, as the Crimson grabbed a 52-46 lead heading into the final frame. Balanced scoring and another 5-2 run helped Harvard maintain a 14-point lead over the Big Green in quarter four. Stellar defensive play in the final minutes of action helped the Crimson seal the victory at 73-57.

Harvard Highlights
- Four Crimson players scored in double-digits tonight, led by Benzan with 22 points.
- Bush scored 11 of her 16 total points in the first quarter, shooting 4-for-5 from the field.
- Benzan and Bush combined for 25 of Harvard's 37 first half points.
- Bush posted her eighth double-double of the season, leading the defense with 11 rebounds.

Game Notes
- In tonight's game, junior Katie Benzan became the 20th player in Harvard women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
- Harvard improves to 50-35 in its all-time series against Dartmouth.
- The Crimson has secured both wins in its season series with the Big Green.

Up Next
Harvard will continue its road stretch next weekend, Feb. 1-2, with contests at Yale and Brown. Friday's contest in New Haven, Conn. is slated for 6 p.m., while Saturday's tip-off in Providence, R.I. is set for 4:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.