Gameday Central: Bulldogs Host UMass Lowell In Home Opener
Hayden Latham paced four Bulldogs in double-figures with a career-high 14 points. Her three-pointer with 2:27 to play gave Yale the lead for good. Monmouth led 42-29 with 14:55 to play before Yale used a 21-4 run over the next 7:41 to take a four-point lead. The Bulldogs pulled away at the end by holding the Hawks without a field goal over a six-minute span late in the contest to build an 11-point lead until an MU jumper with just :06 to play. Meredith Boardman (10 points, nine rebounds), Janna Graf (10 points, six rebounds) and Katie Werner (10 points, six rebounds) also scored in double-figures.
Scouting UMass Lowell
• All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
•Head coach Sarah Behn is in her third season at the helm of the Riverhawks, having guided the squad to a 29-26 record in that span.
•UMass Lowell is entering its first season of play at the NCAA Division I level and was picked ninth in the preseason America East poll.
• In its final season at the Division II level, UMass Lowell posted an 18-9 record and led the nation in scoring at 81.5 points per game.
• The Riverhawks opened the season with a 109-74 defeat to Providence. Alexis Harris and Tori Rule led the way with 31 and 23 points, respectively.
•The 183 combined points was just eight off of the America East record of 191 set by Maine (101) and New Hampshire (90) on Jan. 11, 1997.
Keys To The Game
• Rebounding: Yale dominated the glass at Monmouth on Saturday, grabbing a 59-48 rebounding margin. It was the most rebounds by a Bulldogs squad since Dec. 20, 2004. The Riverhawks were outrebouned in the opener, 65-39, by Providence and gave up 20 second chance points.
•Slow the Riverhawks' scoring: UMass Lowell led Division II in scoring last year at better than 81 points per game and managed to put up 74 points in the opener. UMass Lowell hit 10 three-pointers in the game, but shot just 29.1 percent from the field overall. The Bulldogs held Monmouth to just 1-of-13 shooting from the three-point arc in the opener and 35.5 percent shooting overall.
•Balance the scoring: The Bulldogs showed offensive balance in the opener with four players scoring in double-figures. Hayden Latham led the way with a career-high, while Meredith Boardman, Janna Graf and Katie Werner each had 10 points. Yale's leading scorer last season, Sarah Halejian, had just eight points, but contributed six rebounds, five assists and four steals as seven players contributed to the scoring column overall.
•Yale is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it hosts Sacred Heart at 3:00 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
• The Pioneers lead the all-time series 11-2, including a 67-62 win in Fairfield last season when they went 22-11 and advanced to the WNIT.
• SHU dropped its season-opener to St. John's, 77-72 in overtime. Gabrielle Washington led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but the Red Storm scored the final five points of the game to pull out the win.