Bulldogs Outrun UMass Lowell In Home-Opener, 90-77

Meredith Boardman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Boardman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Five players reach double-figures in balanced scoring attack

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Yale picked up its second win of the season, outscoring UMass Lowell, 90-77, in its home-opener on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs again dominated the glass, holding a 57-48 edge in rebounding, and had five players score in double-figures.

After narrowly missing a double-double in the win over Monmouth, Meredith Boardman came back with a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in the win over the River Hawks. Sarah Halejian led the way with 20-points, along with four assists and eight rebounds, while the Bulldogs shot 40.3 percent from the field as a team in an uptempo contest.

Yale broke a 15-15 tie with 11 unanswered points to take the lead for good midway through the opening half. Janna Graf opened the spurt with a three-pointer, while Meghan McIntyre and Lena Munzer hit consecutive trifecta's to cap the run and make it 26-15.

UMass Lowell (0-2) managed to chip away at the lead and get within a point following a three-pointer by Rachel McCarron with 4:33 to play in the half, but Munzer converted back-to-back field goals to push the lead back to 39-34. A Halejian three-pointer just before halftime gave the home side a 48-42 lead at the intermission. 

Following halftime Yale pushed the lead to double-figures when a three-point play by Katie Werner made it 60-50 and the River Hawks were unable to get closer than eight points the rest of the way. 

Yale took its largest lead of the night on a Janna Graf three-pointer with 3:34 to play that made it 88-67 and was enough to withstand a late run by UMass Lowell when it outscored the Bulldogs, 10-2, for the final margin.

Led by 13 points from Allen and 11 points from McIntyre, the Yale bench produced 43 points. Graf rounded out Yale's double-figure scorers with 11 points. 

Shannon Samuels led the River Hawks with 27 points and Jasmine McRoy added 17, while Lindsey Doucette collected 10 rebounds. UMass Lowell was limited to just 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) shooting from three-point range, and 35.1 percent shooting overall. 

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when they host Sacred Heart. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.