Back-to-Back 10-point Games Gives Freshman Guard Her First Ivy Honor of Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team had missed a key component for eight games this season, but since Hayden Latham returned to the lineup after a long recovery from a concussion, she has given the Bulldogs the spark they have needed.
Latham recorded back-to-back 10-point games in the win over Dartmouth on Friday and the loss to Harvard on Saturday. The two performances were her first double-figure games since she scored a career-high 12 points against Boston University on Dec. 7. For her efforts, the Ivy League named Latham the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
It is Latham's first Ivy League weekly honor of the season. She is the second Yale freshman to earn Rookie of the Week honors. Sarah Halejian has five Rookie of the Week awards this season.
Harvard's Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Yale's Megan Vasquez earned a place on the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, while shooting 44.4 percent (12-for-27) overall and 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from 3-point range. Vasquez led Yale to the win over Dartmouth after recording her third straight 20-point performance Friday night with a game-high 22 points. It was her ninth 20-point outing of the season.
In just her fourth and fifth games back after missing eight straight games with a concussion, Latham finally looked like her old self in Yale's weekend matchups with Dartmouth and Harvard. Against Dartmouth Friday night, Latham scored 10 straight points, her only points of the game, to fuel a 29-6 run that put Yale ahead 37-12 with 2:39 left in the first half. Her defense was even more impressive in that run. Her last six points came from fast-break layups that were the end result of her three steals on consecutive Dartmouth possessions.
Against Harvard, Latham scored seven of her 10 points in the second half in the loss to the Crimson. For the weekend, Latham averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while averaging 46.7 percent shooting (7-for-15).
Latham suffered the concussion after she took an elbow to the face during Yale's loss at Florida State on Dec. 28. Her minutes were limited in her first three games back in the lineup, but she has finally returned to the level of promise that she showed earlier this season.
In her Yale debut, she recorded 10 assists in the win over Holy Cross in Yale's season opener on Nov. 11, falling two points shy of her first career double-double. She is just the second Yale player to record at least 10 assists since Stephanie Marciano had 10 against Stony Brook on Dec. 7, 2007. Aarica West had 10 assists in Yale's upset win over then. No. 14 Florida State on Dec. 18, 2010, and recorded 10 assists again last weekend against Cornell.
Latham and her Yale teammates return to the court on Friday at Columbia followed by a trip to Cornell on Saturday. The Bulldogs will enter the weekend in second place in the Ivy League standings.