Halejian Earns Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors

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

Freshman Guard Earns Ivy Recognition After Leading Bulldogs to Pair of Victories


Ivy League's Press Release


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With Ivy League action right around the corner for the Yale University women's basketball team, freshman guard Sarah Halejian showed last week that she is ready to play her part in the Bulldogs' quest for their first Ivy League championship since 1979.

After averaging 13.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in leading Yale to a pair of wins last week, Halejian has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

This is the second Rookie of the Week award for Halejian, who was named the Co-Rookie of the Week on Dec. 19 with Cornell freshman Marissa Rakestraw.

"Sarah is getting a lot of things figured out about playing Division I and playing Bulldog basketball," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "If she continues to improve, she will be one of the best young guards in the league by the end of the season."

Harvard senior guard Brogan Berry was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week. Yale sophomore forward Janna Graf earned a spot on the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll.

Halejian matched her career-high with 14 points to go with three steals and two rebounds in an 80-47 win over Baruch on Sunday. Her performance helped the Bulldogs match their season-high of 80 points in a game, which they have done two other times in wins at Houston (80-62, Nov. 25) and at Fairleigh Dickinson (80-51, Nov. 14).

Last Tuesday, Halejian started her week with a 13-point outing in Yale's 69-48 win at Bucknell. She also matched a personal-best with three rebounds and four assists. She has tallied three rebounds four times this season and her four assists were one away from her career-high of five, which she set in the win at Houston.

In the two games last week, Halejian was efficient with the basketball, shooting a combined 7-for-15 (.467) overall, 3-for-9 from 3-point range (.333), and a stellar 10-for-12 (.833) from the free-throw line.

Halejian has scored in double figures in four games overall this season, and she has tallied at least nine points in five of the Bulldogs' last six games, averaging 10.3 points per game over that span.

Behind Halejian's play last week, the Bulldogs closed out non-league play with an 8-6 record, their best non-league finish since the 1993-94 season (8-4). Yale begins Ivy League play on Friday with a game at Brown at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity