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Yale Falls to Quinnipiac

Amanda Tyson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amanda Tyson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Three Bulldogs Score 11 Points in Loss to In-State Rival


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Three players scored 11 points apiece, but it wasn't enough to keep the Yale University women's basketball team from dropping a disappointing 89-62 loss to in-state rival Quinnipiac Wednesday night inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

It was the first time that Quinnipiac earned a victory at Yale since a 77-73 win on Dec. 3, 2002.

"They just fought so much harder than we did. I saw us fight DePaul and I saw us fight Northwestern, and I thought we had some fight in us," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "The way we got dominated on the boards was disappointing, and we didn't play very smart."

Sophomore guard Sarah Halejian, junior guard Amanda Tyson, and senior guard Megan Vasquez all had 11 points in the loss, which dropped the Bulldogs to 1-6 this season. Halejian also had four assists and two steals.

For Tyson, it was one point shy of her career-high of 12 points set at Brown on Jan. 13, and it surpassed her previous season-high of five points, which she set in each of the first two games of the season.

Quinnipiac (4-0) jumped out of the gates with a 6-0 run, but Yale responded with a 9-2 run to grab a 9-8 lead with 14:23 left in the first half. That was Yale's only lead of the game.

The Bobcats immediately turned the tables and put together a 22-3 run over a 9:04 span to take a 30-12 lead with 5:01 left in the half. Quinnipiac's Samantha Guastella scored seven of her 13 points in that run.

Yale tried to mount a comeback in the second half, but Quinnipiac's tenacity proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. The Bobcats opened the second half with a 16-7 spurt that pushed their lead to 52-28.

That lead grew to 33 points by the 4:49 mark following a pair of free throws by Shelby Sferra that gave Quinnipiac an 81-48 lead, which was more than enough to allow the Bobcats to hold on for the victory.

Seven Quinnipiac players scored at least eight points, with Felicia Barron leading the way with 16 points and four steals. Guastella added nine rebounds to her 13-point effort.

Yale turned the ball over 27 times in the loss, while Quinnipiac outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-31.

"I thought we weren't very smart and we didn't play very hard. They were both," Gobrecht said. "They really executed their coaches' game plan and they played extremely hard. They outplayed us on every front.

"We've got a lot of searching to do. We have to figure out who we are. I am extremely disappointed with where we are defensively. That's probably my biggest concern."

Yale returns to action on Saturday, when it travels to Army for a non-league matchup in West Point, N.Y.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity