WEST POINT, NY--William Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
It's too bad Shakespeare never saw Rose Janowski play basketball.
In a game marred by sloppy offense and numerous turnovers, Janowski played a little sweeter than the rest and helped the Harvard women's basketball team to a 75-47 victory over Army on Saturday at the Holleden Center in West Point. The junior forward scored 11 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked one shot to lead the Crimson (1-0) past the host Lady Knights (0-1).
"I just had a good time out there," Janowski said. "I felt relaxed and it was a lot of fun."
While Harvard struggled to get into any kind of offensive rhythm in the first half, Janowski was using strong moves in the post to give the Crimson control of the game. She scored seven of her 11 points during an 18-4 run just before halftime that put Harvard well in command.
With 8:30 left in the first period and the Crimson holding a slim four-point lead, Janowski lofted a soft jumper over the outstretched arm of an Army defender to extend Harvard's lead to 17-11. Just 40 seconds later she snatched an offensive rebound and kissed the ball off the glass and in for an eight-point advantage.
Aside from Janowski, Harvard's effort on the boards was disappointing. The Crimson, which outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 7.5 last season, was defeated on the glass by Army, 43-42.
"The big disappointment of the game was that we were outrebounded," Harvard Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith said. "I cannot accept that."
Janowski's aggressive play continued to pay dividends for the Crimson as she drew a couple of fouls from a frustrated. Lady Knight's defense. She sandwiched three free throws between two Harvard treys, and the Crimson never led by fewer than 15 points the rest of the way.
"Rose dominated. She was great," Delaney-Smith said.
"Those two three-pointers were part of a trifecta by the Crimson's senior guards during the late-half run which perfectly illustrated Harvard's versatility of weapons. While Janowski excelled in the key, co-captain Megan Basil (eight points, two assists, three steals), Alison Seanor (nine points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks) and Sarah Brandt (seven points, two steals) each drained a shot from behind the are to effectively put Army away.
Despite this stretch, Harvard did not play nearly its best basketball offensively. The Crimson showed short patience and poor decision-making throughout the first half and finished the game with an uncharacteristically high 17 turnovers.
"The first half was awful," Basil said. "We were totally frantic, and nothing was working offensively."
Harvard also finished with a mediocre 41.5 percent shooting percentage, and only 10 of its shots were taken by co-captain Allison Feaster. Feaster's 16-point, four-rebound performance represents an atypical night for her, due primarily to some obviously poor officiating. The All-American, however, would not be stopped from helping her team in other ways.
Feaster finished with a team-high four assists and a game-high five steals. Her most important contributions, though, did not show up on the stat sheet.
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