February 4, 2012

Yale Falls at Princeton

Gobrecht's Bid for Win No. 500, Bulldogs' Bid for First Place Denied

 

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale University women's basketball team had a chance to move into first place in the Ivy League standings, but to do so, the Bulldogs had to take on Princeton, which entered the night an unbeaten 4-0 in Ivy League play, and with only one loss in Ivy League play in the past three seasons, the Tigers gave the Bulldogs all they could handle.

Devona Allgood scored 14 points and Lauren Edwards and Niveen Rasheed each recorded double-doubles to lead Princeton to a 72-47 win over Yale, snapping Yale's three-game winning streak and denying Chris Gobrecht's bid for her 500th career coaching victory.

Senior captain Michelle Cashen scored nine points to lead the Bulldogs (12-8, 4-2 Ivy League). Junior guard Megan Vasquez scored eight points, which leaves her 20 points shy of her 1,000th career point. Sophomore Janna Graf also had eight points. Sarah Halejian, Zenab Keita and Aarica West each contributed six points.

Yale freshman Hayden Latham returned to the court for the first time after missing eight games with a concussion. She finished with three points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action.

Edwards finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Rasheed finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers (15-4, 5-0 Ivy League).

Princeton outrebounded Yale 61-30 and held the Bulldogs to just 2-for-15 shooting from 3-point range, including 0-for-10 from long distance in the second half. Yale finished the game shooting just 17-for-68 overall (25.0 percent).

Yale trailed from the start after Princeton scored the first eight points of the game, but Graf drained two big 3-pointers to fuel a 10-2 run that tied the game at 10-10 at the first media timeout. Princeton responded with a 15-3 run to pull ahead 25-13 and Yale never got any closer than six points through the rest of the first half. Princeton led 35-26 at halftime.

Yale managed to get as close as 46-38 with 13:25 left, but an 11-2 run by the Tigers put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.

Yale opened the Ivy League season with five of its first six games on the road, going 4-2 in that stretch. The Bulldogs return home on Friday night to face Cornell followed by the Yale Athletics Pink Zones game vs. Columbia on Saturday. Both Gobrecht and Vasquez could reach their career milestones next weekend in front of the home crowd at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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