Big Nights from Graf, Halejian Can’t Help Yale From Falling at Georgetown

Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Halejian Tallies 15 Points, Career-High 9 Assists in Non-League Loss


WASHINGTON — The Yale University women's basketball team received a pair of big performances from junior guard Janna Graf and sophomore guard Sarah Halejian, but it was not enough to overcome Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers.

Rodgers scored 38 points, one away from her career-high, including 21 in the first half, to power Georgetown to a 90-67 win over Yale at McDonough Arena Friday night.

Rogers also had six rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Hoyas (8-4).

Graf scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead the Bulldogs (3-8). Halejian recorded 15 points, a career-high nine assists, five rebounds. Senior guard Megan Vasquez added nine points and four assists.

Georgetown dominated the boards, outrebounding Yale 55-31 overall and 24-11 on the offensive glass. The Hoyas also outscored Yale 42-11 in the paint. Sydney Wilson was a big part of the Hoyas' advantage underneath, pulling down 11 rebounds to go with 10 points in recording the double-double.

Yale scored the first points of the game on Amanda Tyson's jumper at 18:49 and maintained pace with Georgetown in the early stages of the game, taking a 9-8 lead with 13:32 left in the opening half, but that was Yale's last lead of the game.

Georgetown responded with a 10-0 run and then used a pair of separate 9-0 runs later in the half to open up a 45-27 lead with 36 seconds left in the half.

Yale tried to stay within striking distance in the second half. Georgetown twice pushed its lead to 20 points, but the Bulldogs managed to trim that deficit down to 11 points, 76-65, with 3:25 left on Graf's sixth 3-pointer of the night.

Yale gave Georgetown all it could handle in the second half behind the play of Graf and Vasquez. Graf drained three 3-pointers in the half and Vasquez scored seven of her nine points in the final period. Halejian had six of her points and five of her assists in the second half. Her previous career-high was six assists, which she recorded at Dartmouth on Jan. 29, 2012.

Yale will return to Connecticut for its next game on Wednesday, opening the new year with a game at in-state rival Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. Yale is looking for its first win over the Pioneers since an 84-43 win in the second game of the Yale Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 25, 1979.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity