Guth Named Assistant CoachAllison Guth, the Depaul Director of Basketball Operations the last two seasons, has been named an assistant coach for the Yale womens basketball program. Guth handled the Blue Demon summer camps, video exchange, scouting and was involved in all on-campus recruiting. She helped Depaul reach the Big East and NCAA tournaments both seasons in Chicago.
4 Frosh IntroducedFour talented freshmen join the Yale womens basketball program this fall as the Bulldogs class of 2014. Janna Graf (F, Mission Woods, Kan.), Alexandra Osborn-Jones (G-F, Valhalla, N.Y.), Zenab Kieta (C, Raleigh, N.C.) and Amanda Tyson (G, Charlotte, N.C.) comprise one of the strongest classes recruited by Chris Gobrecht, who is in her sixth year as the Joel E. Smilow 54 Head Coach of Yale Womens Basketball.
Johnson in CT Hall of Fame TonightFormer Yale basketball player and coach Sue Johnson will be inducted into the Connecticut Womens Basketball Hall of Fame as one of seven members of the class of 2010. Johnson, who still holds nine Yale womens basketball records, will be honored on April 21, in Hamden, Conn., for her stellar career.
Yoyo Greenfield Named Captain, Bulldogs Announce Postseason Award WinnersJunior Yoyo Greenfield has been named captain of the Yale womens basketball team for the upcoming 2010-11 season, as announced as a part of the teams annual postseason banquet this past weekend. Greenfield ranked second on the Bulldogs with 9.6 points per game in her junior campaign, playing 26.9 minutes per contest while appearing in all 28 games (27 starts). The Bulldogs also announced their postseason award recipients at the banquet, including the unveiling of a new tradition, the Bulldog Basketball Awards.
Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy HonorsTen Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Cashen, Vasquez Earn All-Ivy HonorsOn the heels of its best Ivy League finish in 12 seasons at 8-6, the Yale womens basketball team has landed two players on the 2009-10 All-Ivy team. Sophomore Michelle Cashen earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team, while freshman Megan Vasquez was a unanimous choice for the All-Ivy Rookie Team. In addition to their 8-6 league mark, the Bulldogs 13-15 overall record was their best since the 2001-02 campaign.
Colbornes Season-High 20 Points Lead Yale in Season-Ending Win at CornellThe Yale womens basketball team saved one of its best performances of the 2009-10 season for last, capping the campaign with a 74-60 victory at Cornell on Saturday night. Four Bulldogs tallied double figures in the contest, led by a season-best 20 points from senior Melissa Colborne in the final game of her career. Senior Haywood Wright had a season-high 13 points in her last game in Yale blue and also blocked a shot to finish tied for second place all-time with 109 career rejections. Senior captain Ashley Carter moved into third all-time at Yale by appearing in the 107th game of her career.
Bulldogs Head to Columbia and Cornell for Final Ivy League WeekendWith just one weekend left in the 2009-10 campaign, the Yale womens basketball team travels to Columbia and Cornell looking to close out the season by completing a pair of Ivy League season sweeps. The Bulldogs (12-14, 7-5 Ivy) can post their best Ivy League mark in 12 years with one victory over either the Lions (16-10, 7-5 Ivy) or Big Red (7-18, 2-10 Ivy), while a sweep of the Ancient Eights New York contingent would secure a third place finish, Yales highest in league play since the 1992-93 season. Both Fridays contest in New York City and Saturdays season finale in Ithaca are slated for 7 p.m. starts. The Bulldogs took both ends of the weekend series with Columbia and Cornell in New Haven on Feb. 5-6.
Defensive Struggle Goes to Columbia, 64-47When the Yale womens basketball team hosted Columbia on Feb. 6, the Bulldogs netted a season-best 81 points en route to winning an offensive slugfest, 81-74. The story was very different in the second meeting between the two squads at Levien Gymnasium in New York City on Friday night, as the Lions got the best of a defensive battle, pulling out a 64-47 victory. Freshman Megan Vasquez had a team-best 13 points for Yale, while Columbias Judie Lomax led all players with 21 points and 21 rebounds.
Harvard Survives Yale Rally on Senior Night, 68-60It was a classic tale of two halves for the Yale womens basketball team and visiting Harvard on Saturday night. But, unfortunately for the host Bulldogs, the Crimsons big first half was a bit bigger than Yales big second half, and Harvard escaped the Elm City with a 68-60 victory. The Bulldogs, who celebrated Senior Night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, were led by 14 points from senior Melissa Colborne. Freshman Megan Vasquez had 11 points, as well as a team-best six rebounds, and junior Yoyo Greenfield was the third Yale player scoring in double figures with 10.
Final Homestand of 2009-10 Brings Dartmouth, Harvard to Lee AmphitheaterCurrently sitting in third place at 6-4 in the Ivy League, the Yale womens basketball team may have already exceeded a lot of expectations. But with four games remaining on the Ancient Eight calendar, the Bulldogs (11-13 overall) certainly havent finished proving anything to themselves. On the slate for this weekend: an opportunity to complete a sweep of defending champion Dartmouth (10-13, 5-4 Ivy) and a chance to even the season series with historic rival Harvard (16-7, 7-2 Ivy). Saturdays contest with the Crimson will be the final game at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in the careers of seniors Melissa Colborne, Haywood Wright and captain Ashley Carter.
Bulldogs Lock Down Dartmouth in 58-42 VictoryWhen the Yale womens basketball team traveled to Dartmouth two weeks ago to challenge Big Green, it took two overtimes for the Bulldogs to grab a hard-fought, 70-66 victory. On Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Yale ensured that 40 minutes would be enough time to solidify a win over the defending Ivy League champions, jumping out to a 16-4 lead and never looking back en route to a 58-42 victory. Juniors Mady Gobrecht and Yoyo Greenfield netted 10 points apiece to pace the Bulldogs.
Seniors Altered Record Books, Changed CultureThis Saturday, Yale womens basketball will honor a trio of seniors taking the court at the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the final time: two whose statistics speak for themselves and a third whose numbers dont even begin to tell her story. Melissa Colborne, Haywood Wright and team captain Ashley Carter, the Bulldogs Class of 2010, joined a team coming off of a 3-24 season, and have since been a part of 43 victories donning Yale blue, including wins over teams representing 11 different conferences.
Bulldogs Cap WBCA Pink Zone Weekend with 70-38 Thrashing of PennThe Yale womens basketball team kicked off its WBCA Pink Zone celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning in New Haven, and the celebrating never stopped in the John J. Lee Amphitheater as the Bulldogs opened their contest with Penn on a 22-2 run and never looked back en route to a 70-39 victory. The Yale defense held the Quakers to a season-low 22.2% shooting percentage and set a personal season best for points allowed. The offensive attack, which also set a season best by committing just 11 turnovers, was paced by 12 points from freshman Megan Vasquez as 11 Bulldogs put tallies on the board.
First-Place Princeton, Penn Visit New Haven for WBCA Pink Zone WeekendWith eight games gone in the 2009-10 Ivy League season, this weekend marks the beginning of the second trip around the Ancient Eight for the Yale womens basketball team. First on the docket for the Bulldogs (10-12, 5-3 Ivy) is first-place Princeton (19-2, 7-0 Ivy) on Friday night, with struggling Penn (1-20, 0-7 Ivy) slated to visit the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on both evenings with live coverage available via Yale All-Access. John Song 11 and Matt Joseph 12 from WYBC will be on the call on Friday, with Sam Purdy 10 and Hannah Smith 10 taking over on Saturday. Yale will host its annual WBCA Pink Zone event on Saturday with events beginning at 10 a.m.
First Place Princeton Tops Yale, 65-44For the second time this season, the Yale womens basketball team turned in a solid defensive effort against Ivy League frontrunner Princeton, holding the Tigers below their season average of 71 points. However, also for the second time this season, the Princeton defense locked down the Bulldogs en route to claiming a 65-44 decision on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven. Senior Haywood Wright led the way for Yale with eight points and 10 rebounds. Senior Melissa Colborne netted seven points for Yale to move into fifth place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring list.
Yale Athletics to Host WBCA Pink Zone Event This SaturdayThe Yale University Athletics Department will be hosting a Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone event this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven. The festivities, which will raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to be designated for breast cancer research, will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a Yale gymnastics meet (1 p.m.) and womens basketball game (7 p.m.) as a part of the day-long event.
Bulldogs Outlast Defending Champ Dartmouth, 70-66, in Double OvertimeForty minutes werent enough to decide Saturdays Ivy League clash between the Yale womens basketball team and defending Ivy League Champion Dartmouth, as the two squads played a pair of overtime periods at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H. When the final buzzer sounded in the second extra frame, it was the Bulldogs knocking off the reigning Ancient Eight champs, 70-66, behind a team-high 19 points from freshman Megan Vasquez. Sophomore Michelle Cashen had 13 points, including the jumper that proved to be the difference, and ripped down nine rebounds.
Harvard Outguns Yale, 88-65The Yale womens basketball team came into Friday nights game at Harvard as winners of four of its last five games, but the host Crimson shot a scorching 64.9% from the field, including a 71.4% clip in the second half, to derail the Bulldogs by a score of 88-65. Sophomore Michelle Cashen led three Yale players in double figures with 14 points.
Streaking Bulldogs Headed for Pivotal Ivy Road WeekendComing off of its first Ivy League weekend sweep in three seasons, the Yale womens basketball team enters a pivotal Ivy League road weekend as winners of four of its last five games and sitting in second place in the Ancient Eight at 4-2. The Bulldogs (9-11 overall) will look to separate themselves from the pack as they hit the road to challenge a pair of teams tied in the loss column with Yale: historic rival Harvard (12-7, 3-2 Ivy) and defending Ivy League Champion Dartmouth (8-11, 3-2 Ivy). The Bulldogs travel to Cambridge on Friday night, and Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H. will host Yale and Big Green on Saturday. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m. starts.
Megan Vasquez Claims Ivy League Rookie of the Week HonorsAfter helping to guide the Yale womens basketball team to its first Ivy League weekend sweep in three seasons, freshman Megan Vasquez has been recognized by the Ancient Eight as its Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. Vasquez, who shares the honor this week with Princetons Niveen Rasheed, averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Bulldogs home wins over Cornell and Columbia.
Greenfield Nets Career-Best 20 Points as Shootout Goes to Yale, 81-74All season long, the Yale womens basketball team has been winning with defense. In fact, in all of their first eight wins, the Bulldogs held their opponents to 60 points or fewer. On Saturday night against Columbia, Yale proved that offense can win games as well, pouring in a season-best 81 points en route to an 81-74 victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven. Leading the way for the Bulldogs in the Ivy League win was junior Yoyo Greenfield, who tallied a career-high 20 points. Freshman Megan Vasquez matched her career-best with 19 points and also set a new personal high with seven assists.
Bulldogs to Host Ivy Pair; Youth Day at JLA on SaturdayThe Yale womens basketball team returns home to the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend, looking improve to upon its 2-2 Ivy League record against the Ancient Eights New York contingent: Cornell (5-12, 0-4 Ivy) and Columbia (12-6, 3-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs (7-11 overall) will challenge Big Red on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., while the Lions, who will play at Brown on Friday, visit the Elm City on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Saturday will also mark the Bulldogs annual Youth Day event, with festivities beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Bulldogs Run Past Cornell, 74-50Chris Gobrecht, Yales Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Womens Basketball, often refers to a style of play known as Bulldog Basketball. Fans in attendance at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night got a textbook definition of Bulldog Basketball, as Yale turned in its most complete effort of the season en route to defeating visiting Ivy League foe Cornell by a score of 74-50. The Bulldogs made their first 10 shots from the floor, propelling themselves to 40 points prior to the intermission, then came out of the locker room and held Big Red to just 18.5% shooting in the second half. Sophomore Michelle Cashen recorded a double-double for the Bulldogs, while junior Mady Gobrecht led the 11 Yale players who put tallies on the board with a team-best 13 points.
First-Place Princeton Pulls Away From Yale, 69-48Junior Yoyo Greenfield scored 11 points and senior Haywood Wright tallied 10 for the Yale womens basketball team on Saturday night at Princeton, but the host Tigers remained unbeaten in Ivy League play with a 69-48 victory. Senior Melissa Colborne had eight points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, and junior Mady Gobrecht netted nine points and hauled in five boards. Colborne and Gobrecht shared the team high with four assists apiece.
Bulldogs Continue Ivy Play at Penn and PrincetonComing off of a convincing 67-43 victory over Brown on Friday night, the Yale womens basketball team looks to keep firing on all cylinders as Ivy League play continues at Penn and Princeton. After splitting their home-and-home series with the Bears, the Bulldogs enter the first full weekend of Ancient Eight competition at 6-10 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play. This weekend, action from the Palestra in Philadelphia will tip off on Friday at 7 p.m., while Jadwin Gym in Princeton, N.J. hosts a 6 p.m. contest with the Tigers on Saturday.
Bulldogs Battle Past Penn, 58-51Defense and rebounding have been the hallmarks of the Yale womens basketball teams success in 2009-10, and Friday night at Penn was no different. The Bulldogs held host Penn to just 51 points and outrebounded the Quakers , 35-27, en route to claiming a 58-51 Ivy League road victory at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Freshman Megan Vasquez led Yale offensively with 16 points, and junior Mady Gobrecht put forth a well-rounded effort with seven points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Vasquez Earns Second Ivy League Rookie of the Week HonorOn the heels of leading the Yale womens basketball team with 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this past weekend, freshman Megan Vasquez has been selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office today. Vasquez, Yales leader with 11.3 points per game through 16 contests in 2009-10, takes home the weekly laurel for the second time in her freshman campaign.
Bulldogs Return to New Haven for Ivy Home OpenerAfter wrapping up its non-conference schedule at Bryant on Monday, the Yale womens basketball team gets back to Ivy League competition on Friday night against Brown. The 7 p.m. contest marks the Bulldogs return to the John J. Lee Amphitheater after a seven-game road trip. Yale enters the game at 5-10 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play, while Brown sits at 4-11 overall and 1-0 against Ancient Eight competition. The game will be streamed live with Yale All-Access with John Song 11 and Jonathan Zelig 11L on the call. The audio portion of that broadcast will also air live on WYBC, Yales student radio station.
Bulldogs' Defense Stifles Brown in 67-43 RoutLast season, the Yale womens basketball team dropped its Ivy League opener to Brown, only to come back and trounce the Bears by 34 points just one week later. The Bulldogs were looking for history to repeating itself at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven on Friday, and they got it, avenging last weeks four-point defeat with a 67-43 victory. 10 different players scored for the Bulldogs, led by 11 points each from junior Yoyo Greenfield and sophomore Michelle Cashen.
Yale Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule at Bryant on MondayAfter opening the 2009-10 Ivy League season with a loss at Brown on Friday, the Yale womens basketball team takes a break from Ancient Eight competition to wrap up its non-conference schedule on Monday afternoon at Bryant. The Yale Bulldogs (5-9, 0-1 Ivy) are looking to get back on track against the Bryant Bulldogs (5-11, 3-3 Northeast) before their return contest against Brown on Friday, Jan. 22 in New Haven. Mondays non-league action tips off at the Chace Wellness Center in Smithfield, R.I. at 2 p.m.
Vasquez Nets 19, Yale Rally Falls Short at BryantFreshman Megan Vasquez scored a game- and career-high 19 points and shared the game-high of eight rebounds for the Yale womens basketball team at non-conference opponent Bryant on Monday afternoon, but the home Bulldogs from Rhode Island were able to hold off the New Haven Bulldogs by a final score of 69-62. Vasquez and senior Melissa Colborne each had seven points during a furious second-half rally that saw Yale storm back from 19 points down to cut the lead to a single bucket before Bryant pulled away for the seven-point win.
Bulldogs Open Ivy Play at Brown on FridayWith 13 non-conference games gone in the 2009-10 season, the Yale womens basketball team begins its season within a season on Friday, kicking off the Ivy League slate at Brown University. The Bulldogs (5-8) have taken three of their last four meetings with the Bears, who enter league play at 3-11, including a 71-37 thrashing in Providence last season. Action from Pizzitola Sports Center tips off at 7 p.m.
Brown Holds Off Yale, 60-56All season long, defense has led to wins for the Yale womens basketball team. Friday night at Brown in the Ivy League opener, however, the Bears defense was just a little bit better as the home team edged the Bulldogs in a defensive battle by a score of 60-56. Junior Mady Gobrecht posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Yale.
Bulldogs Trek to NJIT for Final Ivy Tune-UpAfter strong showings at Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Colorado came up short this past week, the Yale womens basketball team returns to the Northeast on Saturday, looking to enter Ivy League play on a high note with a win at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Bulldogs final game prior to the start of Ancient Eight play tips off at 2 p.m. from the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center in Newark N.J. Yale, currently in the midst of a seven-game road trip, enters the contest with a record of 4-8.
Bulldogs Sink NJIT, 68-58The formula has been simple for the Yale womens basketball team this season: play defense and win. Entering Saturday afternoons contest at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Bulldogs had held opponents to 60 points or fewer in all of their wins in 2009-10. The recipe held true on Saturday, as the stingy Yale defense surrendered just 58 points to the Highlanders en route to claiming a 68-58 road victory. Junior Mady Gobrecht led three Bulldogs scoring in double figures with a game-best 16 points.
Colorado Holds Off Bulldogs, 78-71The Yale womens basketball team jumped out to an early lead against a Big 12 opponent for the second consecutive game, this time running out in front of Colorado at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. on Monday evening. But just as they had done two days previous against Kansas State, the Bulldogs valiant effort was not enough as the Buffaloes escaped an upset by a score of 78-71. Sophomore Michelle Cashen paced Yale with 18 points and 11 rebounds to register her third double-double of the season.
Megan Vasquez Named Ivy League Rookie of the WeekAfter averaging 16.0 points in a pair of road contests against 2009 NCAA Tournament participants Sacred Heart and Kansas State this past week, Megan Vasquez (Merrick, N.Y.) of the Yale womens basketball team has been honored by the Ivy League as its Rookie of the Week. Vasquez led the Bulldogs in scoring in both games last week.
Big 12 Duo to Host Bulldogs This WeekendWhile millions will descend upon Manhattan, N.Y. to ring in 2010, the Yale womens basketball team will welcome the new year in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Bulldogs challenge Big 12 opponent Kansas State on Jan. 2. Action from Bramlage Coliseum in the Little Apple begins at 2 p.m. CST. Yale concludes its Midwest swing in Boulder, Colo. against the Buffaloes on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. MST.
Kansas State Pulls Away From Yale, 78-59The Yale womens basketball team led host Kansas State by as many as 10 points on Saturday afternoon, looking for its first-ever win against a Big 12 team. However, despite a career-best 18 points from freshman Megan Vasquez, the Wildcats hot shooting got the best of the Bulldogs as 12 Kansas State three pointers propelled the home team to a 78-59 victory.