Yale Sweeps Through David Jones Classic

Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cashen's 16 Points, 6 Rebounds Power Bulldogs to Win Over UTPA


HOUSTON, Texas — The great state of Texas has been kind to the Yale University women's basketball team.

After a strong early showing in the first of three games in Texas, at top-ranked Baylor, the Bulldogs snapped a short two-game losing streak Friday night at Houston. On Saturday afternoon, Yale finished off the three-game trip on a winning note, but it had to sneak past a scrappy Texas-Pan American team to do it.

Senior captain Michelle Cashen had 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead Yale to a 59-57 win over Texas-Pan American in the Bulldogs' second game of the David Jones Classic, which was hosted by the University of Houston at the Hofheinz Pavilion. The win gave the Bulldogs two victories among their three games in Texas this week.

Junior guard Megan Vasquez scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half, shooting 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the half to help the Bulldogs (4-2) hold off the Broncs (1-5). Sophomore guard Janna Graf added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, falling just shy of her second straight double-double. Freshmen Sarah Halejian and Arrice Bryant each chipped in with six points and two blocks. Bryant also grabbed five rebounds.

Trailing 13-8 with 11:16 left in the first half, Yale reclaimed the lead with a 9-2 run. A defensive push allowed the Bulldogs to hold the Broncs to only one field goal over the final five minutes of the half, and that came on a layup at the buzzer by Cassandra Moody. Over that stretch, Yale outscored UTPA 14-5 to go into the locker room with a 31-25 halftime lead.

Graf scored all eight of her points in the half to lead the Bulldogs. Cashen and Halejian each had six in the opening 20 minutes. The lead could have been larger with a better shooting performance from the free-throw line, but the Bulldogs shot only 7-for-14 from the line in the half.

Turnovers hampered the Bulldogs in the second half, allowing UTPA to close the gap. Yale committed 12 of their 20 turnovers in the second half. The Bulldogs also struggled with their shots in the second half, shooting just 7-for-24 (29.2 percent) from the floor in the half.

UTPA scored 11 of their points off of Yale's 12 turnovers and shot 14-for-17 from the line in the second half to battle back. Using a 10-2 run over a 4:39 stretch, the Broncs slipped past the Bulldogs to take a 50-49 lead with 4:17 left, but Yale went 8-for-10 from the line over the closing minutes to hold on for the 59-57 win.

Yale displayed a better touch from the foul line in the second half, shooting 14-for-17 from the line after the 7-for-14 showing in the opening half. UTPA was 10-for-11 in the opening 20 minutes, but made just 5-of-12 free throws in the second half.

Donna Jackson scored 13 points, 12 in the second half, to lead the Broncs. Bianca Torre added 11 points and seven assists.

Yale returns to action on Dec. 5 at Delaware.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity