Halejian, Sarju Add 11 Points; Graf One Point Short of Double-Double
EVANSTON, Ill. — The Yale University women's basketball team gave Northwestern all it could handle for the first 24 minutes of Wednesday's game in the Wildcats' Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Unfortunately, the Northwestern found a way to free up their offense and used a 17-0 run to pull out an 83-75 win over Yale.
The Bulldogs fought hard right to the final buzzer, turning an 82-62 deficit to a nine-point margin using a 13-1 run over the final 2:45.
The Bulldogs went 0-2 during their trip to Chicago, dropping to 1-4 on the season. Northwestern improved to 4-0.
Senior guard Megan Vasquez led the Bulldogs with 21 points and four assists, while sophomore guard Sarah Halejian and freshman guard Nyasha Sarju each scored 11 points. Junior guard Janna Graf fell one point shy of her second double-double of her career. She finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Zenab Keita added nine points and four rebounds.
Freshman forward Meredith Boardman, who grew up just west of Chicago in Oak Park, Ill., finished up her homecoming with another strong effort, giving the Bulldogs nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Northwestern utilized a pair of 20-point scorers to pull out the victory. Kendall Hackney and Dannielle Diamant both tallied double-doubles with 20 points and 10 rebounds each.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures. Maggie Lyon had 14 points. Lauren Douglas also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Karly Roser added 11 points.
The biggest difference in the game was the disparity in the inside scoring. Northwestern scored 54 of its 83 points in the paint, while Yale only managed 20 points in the paint.
Yale opened the game with a 10-2 run, which forced Northwestern to take a timeout and reorganize. After the timeout, the Wildcats clawed their way back into the game with a 14-3 run that put them ahead 16-13 at the 11:12 mark.
Yale bounced back with a short 7-2 run to reclaim the lead at 20-18 that started with a big 3-pointer from Graf, but that was the last lead of the game for the Bulldogs. Northwestern took command with a 12-4 run that resulted in a 30-24 lead. Yale responded with a 7-2 run with five of those points coming from Vasquez to trim the deficit to 32-31 with 2:49 left.
However, the Wildcats had the final run of the half. The 7-2 run to close the half gave Northwestern a 39-33 lead at halftime.
Yale battled back to start the second half, using a 10-3 run to pull to within 43-42 at the 16:11 mark, but Northwestern put the game out of reach with a 17-0 run over the next 6:05 that turned the one-point game into a 60-42 advantage.
That lead was still 20 points, 82-62, with 2:35 left, but the Bulldogs battled back, closing the game with a 13-1 run that closed the gap to just nine points at the final buzzer.
Yale is off until Nov. 28, when it will host in-state rival Quinnipiac.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity