Yale Falls to New Hampshire in Defensive Struggle

Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Halejian Scores 10 of Her 12 Points in Second Half


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team opened the home portion of its schedule with the hope that the comforts of the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater would help lead to the first win of the 2012-13 season, but the visitors from the University of New Hampshire had other ideas.

Kelsey Hogan scored six of her 14 points and Morgan Frame added five of her 13 points in an 11-2 run that proved to be the difference in New Hampshire's 57-51 win over Yale Wednesday night.

Combined with Friday's opening loss at Holy Cross, Wednesday's defeat drops Yale to 0-2 on the young season.

"We have played two good teams and two really experienced teams, which is the biggest thing that stands out," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We have not had a lot of offensive poise in either game. A lot of that is just trying to adapt to a lot of new personnel on the floor."

Yale was leading 46-42 with 5:20 left in the game before the Wildcats turned the game around with the 11-2 push. Hogan and Frame took turns putting points on the board in the run, with Hogan going 4-for-4 in a pair of trips to the free throw line during the run. Hogan went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 5:02 to secure the victory for the Wildcats (1-0), who were playing in their season opener.

New Hampshire had five players score at least seven points, with Hogan and Frame the only players in double figures.

Sophomore guard Sarah Halejian scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs (0-2). Four Yale players scored at least seven points, but only Halejian reached double figures. Freshman guard Nyasha Sarju was Yale's second-leading scorer in the game, adding nine points in the follow-up to her 18-point debut in Friday's loss at Holy Cross.

Yale struggled in two main areas on the floor for the second straight game. The Bulldogs lost the battle of the boards, with the Wildcats taking a 44-36 rebounding advantage. Yale also struggled to put the ball in the basket, especially in the closing minutes during New Hampshire's run. Yale shot 20-for-66 in the game (30.3 percent) and 4-for-17 from 3-point range (23.5 percent).

"We know rebounding is always going to be a challenge for us. It is something that we really focus on," Gobrecht said. "And our key people have to play better. We are going to get better. We really challenged them defensively tonight. We just need to add the offensive poise to it and we'll be OK."

Yale returns home on Saturday to host the University of Houston at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity