Four Net Double Figures to Push Yale Past Boston University, 61-57

Yoyo Greenfield. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yoyo Greenfield. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Mady Gobrecht scored a career-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the Yale women’s basketball team defeated visiting Boston University on Wednesday evening by a score of 61-57. The Bulldogs’ defense has now held its opponent to 60 points or fewer in all four of Yale’s win this season.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven. The Terriers from Boston University fall to 3-5 in defeat.

“I wish we would win pretty every once in a while, but winning ugly is working”, said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Yale. The Bulldogs have now trailed in the second half in three of their four victories.

“Our defense is playing great basketball, and it’s exciting to see that things are starting to click on the offensive end”, said Gobrecht. “I just wish we could play the first 36 minutes of the game as well as we play in the last four”.

Mady Gobrecht added eight rebounds to her career-high scoring output, as she shared the game best in points with BU’s Mo Moran. Freshman Megan Vasquez netted 13 points for Yale, junior Yoyo Greenfield had 12 and senior Melissa Colborne was the fourth Bulldog in double-figures with 10 points. Sophomore Michelle Cashen scored five points and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, and freshman Allie Messimer drained a trey to round out the Yale offensive attack.

Senior captain Ashley Carter continued to lead by example, hauling in seven rebounds (four offensive) and racking up two steals while locking down the Terriers’ primary ball-handlers for much of the contest.

“Carter has been huge for us”, said Gobrecht. “Her work on the offensive glass kept us alive in the first half”.

Moran complimented her 18 points with seven rebounds, sharing the BU team-high with Caroline Stewart.

The two teams stayed within one possession of each other for most of the first half, before a Cashen free throw at the 10:13 mark gave Yale a four-point cushion at 13-9. The Terriers responded immediately with a five-point spurt to take their first lead of the game at 14-13, but the Bulldogs shot back a 7-0 run, led by five points from Gobrecht, to claim a six-point lead at 20-14. BU would chisel the lead down to two points prior to the intermission, but a Messimer three-pointer on Yale’s final possession of the first half gave the Bulldogs a 27-22 lead entering halftime.

Gobrecht led all players with nine points in the first half, while Carter hauled in a half-high seven boards. Yale shot just 6-for-24 (25%) from the field in the stanza, but the Bulldogs’ aggressive play led to a 13-for-18 (72.2%) mark from the foul line. The Terriers shot 8-for-29 (27.6%) from the floor and 6-for-7 (85.7%) from the charity stripe.

BU came out firing in the second half, netting the first six points of the frame to take a 28-27 lead. Scoring went back-and-forth from that point forward to a 37-37 deadlock with 9:34 left in the contest. The Terriers tallied the next four points out of the stalemate and eventually ran their lead to seven points at 48-41. Yale hung tough over the ensuing two minutes, but time seemed to be running out as the Bulldogs trailed by six points, 55-49, with just 2:55 on the clock. However, after a BU timeout, Greenfield promptly drained a three-pointer and, after an empty trip for the Terriers, Colborne hit a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to one point, 55-54. Colborne then swatted a BU three-point attempt and collected the rebound, eventually drawing a foul on the offensive end and knocking down a free throw to tie the score at 55-55 with 60 seconds left. Colborne missed her second attempt from the line, but Cashen collected the offensive rebound to keep the ball on the Bulldogs’ end of the court. After the Terriers knocked a ball out of bounds, a perfectly executed inbounds play saw Vasquez hit Greenfield for a layup to give Yale a two point lead, 57-55. Another blocked shot, this one by Vasquez, gave possession back to the Bulldogs, and the Terriers stopped the clock, putting Greenfield on the foul line, with 13 seconds left. Greenfield, Yale’s top free throw shooter, knocked down both attempts to extend the lead to four points at 59-55. After a Terriers’ bucket brought the lead back to two points, Vasquez calmly iced the game for Yale with a pair of foul shots with just five seconds left on the clock. A desperation heave for BU, which would not have been enough for the Terriers regardless, fell harmlessly to the floor as the final buzzer sounded, giving Yale its fourth win of the season, 61-57.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 19 against UC Davis. The 7 p.m. game with the Aggies will be Yale’s final home contest prior to a seven-game round trip.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity