Women's Basketball Welcomes Drexel to Open WNIT Friday

Photo by: Paul Rutherford
Photo by: Paul Rutherford

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Marking its ninth tournament appearance in program history, the Harvard women's basketball team (16-12, 9-5 Ivy League) will host Drexel (24-8, 14-4 CAA) in the first round of the WNIT this Friday, March 22 at Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., while the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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What to Know
- The Crimson continues its postseason action in the WNIT this weekend with a 16-12 overall mark. Closing out conference play, Harvard fell to Penn in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament last weekend.
- Leading the team with 14.2 points per game, junior Katie Benzan ranks seventh in the league in scoring. Three Crimson players join Benzan in double figures, including Madeline Raster (11.5), Jadyn Bush (10.9) and Sydney Skinner (10.4). Harvard ranks at the top of the conference in scoring as well, averaging 71.1 points per game. Defensively, the duo of Jeannie Boehm and Bush continue to pace the team with 7.4 and 8.5 rebounds, respectively.
- Harvard will be making its seventh appearance in the WNIT over the past eight seasons and will host a game for the first time in program history this weekend. The Crimson has made 15 postseason appearances and nine total in the WNIT, both the most of any Ivy League team.
- Drexel will be making its fifth consecutive WNIT appearance and ninth in the last 10 seasons after posting a 24-8 overall record and 14-4 conference mark. Junior Bailey Greenberg, the CAA Player of the Year, leads the Dragons and the league in scoring with 17.5 points per game. Greenberg leads on both ends of the court, averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. The Dragons defense ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 49.9 points per game.
- Junior guard Katie Benzan and senior co-captain Madeline Raster became the 20th and 21st players in Harvard women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points this season. Additionally, the pair both received All-Ivy recognition, as Benzan was named to the first team and Raster the second team.
- This season, the Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earned her 600th career victory at Harvard. Joining a group of 19 active coaches in Division I with at least 600 wins, now sitting at 601, she is only one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 36 years at one institution. The winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach of all-time, Delaney-Smith now owns a 601-406 record, including 12 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles and 15 postseason appearances.

Leading the Way
The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball 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.

Up Next
Pending results of Friday's contest, Harvard will either advance to the next round of the WNIT, facing the winner of Georgetown vs. Sacred Heart, or will see its season end and begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.