PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's basketball team (10-7, 3-1 Ivy League) improved to 3-1 in the Ivy League with a 100-83 win over Brown tonight, Feb. 2 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Crimson now holds a 10-7 overall record, while the Brown Bears dip to 9-11 overall with a 1-3 conference mark.
Junior Katie Benzan led the offensive charge with 25 points, nearly besting her career-high of 27. Jadyn Bush (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Jeannie Boehm (18 points, 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles to help Harvard at both ends of the court. Four Crimson players tallied double-digit points tonight, as Madeline Raster joined the trio with 20 points on the night.
A back-and-forth first quarter featured six score ties and four lead changes, but four triples from the Harvard offense allowed the Crimson to jump out to an early 25-23 advantage. Brown kicked off the second quarter scoring seven answered points, before Benzan knocked in three consecutive triples to knot the game at 48-48 going into halftime.
Harvard broke through the gridlock at the start of the third quarter, using a 6-1 run to build a nine-point lead at 60-51. Back-to-back triples from Raster pushed our advantage to double-digits, as the Crimson took a 73-58 lead into the final frame. Harvard's offense continued to pressure in the fourth quarter, leading by a game-high 14 points and eventually clinching the victory at 100-83.
- Junior Katie Benzan nearly set a new career-high in points tonight with 25, just shy of her 27 against Quinnipiac in November.
- Sophomore Jadyn Bush posted her ninth double-double of the season, while junior Jeannie Boehm recorded her third.
- Four Crimson players scored in double figures for the second consecutive game.
- The Crimson defense held the Bears to 40 percent shooting from the field.
- Harvard improves to 53-34 in its all-time series against Brown.
- The Crimson has now won each of its last eight meetings against the Bears.
- Harvard recorded 100 points for the first time since 1997 when it bested Brown, 104-73.
Harvard will close out its road stretch next weekend, Feb. 8-9 at Columbia and Cornell. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+.