Raster Guides Women’s Basketball to 83-69 Win Over Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Extending its win streak to three games, the Harvard women's basketball team outscored Yale, 83-69, at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday night to close out its four-game homestand. With tonight's win, the Crimson improves to 14-9 (7-3 Ivy) and knocks its Ivy rivals down to 15-10 (5-5 Ivy).

Leading the Crimson squad, Madeline Raster had a record-setting night, leading the team with 24 points on her way to becoming the 21st player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points. In addition, the senior co-captain also tied her career-high in points, matching her previous best set against Yale in 2017. Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm and Jadyn Bush also accumulated double digits in the scoring column, scoring 18, 14 and 10, respectively. On defense, Boehm led the charge, posting nine boards, three blocks and a steal.

Winning the tip, Harvard took an early lead over the Bulldogs off two quick shots from Boehm and Benzan. Both teams exchanged shots over the course of the first quarter, before Harvard went on back-to-back 3-0 runs to end the quarter with a double-digit advantage over Yale.

The Crimson turned up the intensity in the second quarter, opening the period with three consecutive three-pointers from Mackenzie Barta, Rachel Levy and Benzan to run out to a 19-point lead. Strong defense at the hands of Nani Redford and Boehm helped keep Yale to just 13 percent from distance and 35 percent from the field, allowing Harvard to control the game, 52-27, as both teams headed into the break.

Yale turned the tides moving into the second half, opening the third with four-straight shots to cut Harvard's lead to under 20. Dropping two consecutive layups, Raster set up the Crimson for yet another run to extend the lead once more, dropping another five uncontested shots over the Bulldogs.

Moving into the final frame, Harvard continued to dominate the court, keeping Yale to just five shots for the first eight minutes. In a last-minute attempt to cut down the Harvard lead, Yale threw down eight points to come within 12 of the Crimson. But, a late jumper from Raster ultimately sealed the 83-69 victory for the Crimson as time expired.

Harvard Highlights
-With her 24 points against the Bulldogs, Madeline Raster became the 21st player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
-Four Crimson players—Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm, Madeline Raster and Jadyn Bush—posted double digits in the scoring column.  -Jeannie Boehm led the Crimson defense, posting nine boards, three blocks and a steal.
-Nani Redford and Jeannie Boehm each dished out a team-high four assists in tonight's bout with the Bulldogs.

Game Notes
-With tonight's win, the Crimson improves to 53-32 in the all-time series against Yale.

Up Next
Harvard heads out on its final road trip of the season, paying a visit to Penn on March 1 before taking on Princeton on March 2.