Bulldogs Rally But Cannot Overtake Terriers

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Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Trailing by 20, Yale's Second-Half Comeback Falls Just Short in Closing Minutes

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, the outlook did not look promising for the Yale University women's basketball team. However, by the time the final buzzer sounded, most signs pointed to the potential of good things on the horizon for the Bulldogs.

Yale trailed 30-14 at halftime, and the deficit climbed to 38-18 just 3:28 into the second half, but a stunning rally by the Bulldogs fell just short in the final seconds as Boston University held on for a 59-54 victory at John J. Lee Amphitheater Wednesday night.

Junior guard Megan Vasquez scored 20 of her game-high 22 points, while freshman Hayden Latham added seven of her 12 points in the second half, to fuel Yale's second-half comeback. However, no other Bulldog scored more than six points.

Caroline Stewart scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Boston University (4-4), which won for the 11th time in the 13 games played between the two teams in the series. Mo Moran added 13 points, while Melissa Gallo chipped in with 12 points off the bench.

It was Yale's first home game since the season-opening win over Holy Cross on Nov. 11. The Bulldogs had played the six games in between on the road before returning home Wednesday night. Yale is home for one more game, Dec. 18 vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), before returning to the road.

Boston University opened the game with a 10-0 run before Amanda Tyson scored on a layup with 13:20 left in the half to stop the run and jumpstart a short 7-2 run to put the Bulldogs back into the game (12-7). However, the Terriers responded with another run of their own (9-2) to take a 21-9 lead with 10:47 remaining in the half.

The Terriers' defense kept the Bulldogs off-balance throughout the first half, holding the Bulldogs to just five points and only one field goal over the final 11:47 of the half. Latham was Yale's top scorer in the opening half, with five points on 5-of-6 shooting from the foul line. Yale was just 4-of-21 shooting from the floor in the first half, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.

It was a much different story in the second half. After Boston University extended its lead to 38-18, Yale responded with an 11-2 run to trim the deficit to 40-29 with 12:59 left. Vasquez scored nine of her points in that run.

B.U. was on top 51-41 with 6:26 remaining, but the Bulldogs had one more run in them. This time, the Bulldogs used a 13-3 run behind another nine points from Vasquez to pull to within two points (54-52) with 1:15 left, but that was as close as they could get.

Chantell Alford hit a jumper with 47 seconds left to put B.U. on top for good 56-52. Latham hit a layup with 35 seconds to pull Yale within two points again, but a free throw by Mo Moran and two more by Alford over the final 11 seconds secured the win for the Terriers.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity