CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women's basketball team opened up its weekend with a commanding 98-55 victory over Brown at Lavietes Pavilion Friday night. With its victory tonight, the Crimson improves to 13-9 (6-3 Ivy) on the season.
Harvard had a prolific night on offense, with five players scoring in the double-digits. Junior Katie Benzan led the charge, dropping a team-high 19 points on the night. Benzan also had a record-breaking evening from the three-point line, shattering the program record for threes made in a career early in the third quarter. Senior co-captain Madeline Raster had a strong showing, securing a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards, 10 defensive, to help keep the Bears at bay in tonight's win.
The Crimson took control right off the tip, taking a fast 7-0 lead over the Bears off shots from Boehm and Benzan. Strong rebounding and an unrelenting defense gave Harvard a window of opportunity to go on a 7-0 run over Brown, extending its margin to 19 points with less than three minutes left in the first.
Opening the second quarter with an 18-point advantage, Harvard continued to dominate both sides of the ball, holding Brown scoreless for five minutes to explode on yet another scoring run. On defense, Raster led the Crimson's efforts through the first half, posting seven defensive rebounds and picking up a steal. Benzan dropped an impressive thirteen points, nine from distance, to help send Harvard to the locker room with a substantial 44-19 lead at the half.
Exchanging shots throughout the third period, Harvard kept its distance over the Bears, moving to a 36-point advantage as the teams moved into the final frame. With her fourth three-pointer of the game, Benzan secured her spot at the top of the Crimson record books in the third quarter, breaking the previous program record for threes made in a career (261).
With an extensive lead over Brown entering the final ten minutes of play, Harvard maintained its momentum against the Bears. Long-range buckets from Kelsey Bogdan and Matilda Salen helped the Crimson to a 40-point differential with less than two left in the bout. Ending on a 5-0 run, Bodgan ultimately secured the Crimson's 98-55 victory over the Bears with a jumper as time expired.
-With her five three-pointers tonight against the Bears, junior Katie Benzan broke the program record for three-point field goals made in a career (262).
-Five Crimson players—Nani Redford, Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm, Madeline Raster and Jayden Bush—finished the night with double digits in the scoring column.
-In tonight's victory over Brown, Madeline Raster posted a double-double, dropping 11 points and posting 12 boards.
-With tonight's 98-55 win over the Bears, Harvard extended its all-time series record to 53-32 over the Ivy opponents.
Harvard completes its homestand tomorrow, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. against Ivy rival Yale.