After finishing their final papers and exams in frosty Cambridge, members of Harvard Women’s Basketball flew down to Boca Raton to play in Florida Atlantic University’s Holiday Classic this past weekend, finishing 1-1. In addition to the Crimson, the tournament featured host FAU, Saint Joseph’s University, and Furman University.
Though Harvard lost to Northeastern 46-44, the game was overwhelmingly a win for the greater Boston area.
At times, the movement on the court was chaotic, in parallel with the energy throughout Lavietes Pavilion, which brimmed with about 1,200 local children who came to watch Harvard for Education Day. Both teams committed at least 20 turnovers each.
A breakout performance from first-year guard Annie Stritzel propelled the Crimson to a 53-44 victory over winless Hartford on Friday night as Harvard preserved its undefeated home record.
The Crimson’s initial play featured two double digit victories and one hard-fought comeback. The team’s undefeated record, however, proved short-lived.
For better or worse, the Harvard team that will step onto the hardwood this week in its first matchup of the 2019-2020 season does not share much in common with last year’s team.
Katie Benzan ‘20, Harvard’s starting point guard for the past three seasons, confirmed that she will play for the University of Texas at Austin upon graduation for the 2020-2021 season.