November 15, 2013
Bulldogs Host Sacred Heart In Saturday Matinee
Bulldogs Look To Avenge Last Season's 67-62 Defeat
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale hosts in-state rival, Sacred Heart University on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs defeated UMass Lowell, 90-77, on Tuesday night. Yale broke a 15-15 tie early in the first half with an 11-0 spurt to take the lead for good and open the season with its second straight win.
Yale again dominated the glass with a 57-48 rebounding margin and has enjoyed a +10.0 advantage per game through two games. The Bulldogs have displayed balanced scoring thus far with four players averaging double-figures in the young season. Sarah Halejian is coming off a 20-point outing against UMass Lowell, while Meredith Boardman added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting Sacred Heart
All-Time Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 12-3.
Head coach Jessica Mannetti is in her first season at the helm of the Pioneers. She spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra University and has prior head coaching experience at Green Farms Academy in Westport, Conn.
SHU opened the season with a 77-72 overtime defeat to St. John's on Nov. 8. Gabrielle Washington led the team in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Caitlyn Abela added 16 points.
Sacred Heart was picked second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll and returns three starters from last season's squad, which went 22-11 and earned a bid to the WNIT. Washington was named to the NEC Preseason Team after posting 16.7 points per game in 2012-13.
Keys To Watch
Controlling The Glass: Through two games Yale has held a commanding rebounding on its opponents posting a +10.0 rebounding margin. In its only game, Sacred Heart was outrebounding by a 54-35 margin and gave up 40 points in the paint.
Share The Scoring: The Bulldogs currently have four players averaging double-figures and are coming off a win over UMass Lowell in which five scorers contributed at least 10 points. The ability to share the scoring load will make it difficult for Sacred Heart to focus on any one player defensively.
Defend The Three-pointer: Yale has done a good job of making it tough for opponents on the three-point line, thus far. Opponents are shooting just 16.7% (7-of-42) from the arc this season against the Bulldogs. Sacred Heart will test the defense, having shot 8-of-21 (.381) from the arc in its opener against St. John's. Gabrielle Washington led the way with four three-pointers.
Yale takes to the road for a contest at Boston University on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Case Gym.
Head coach Kelly Greenberg is in her 10th season at the helm of the Terriers and has guided them to four postseason appearances.
Boston U. is in its first season in the Patriot League and was picked third in the preseason poll. Rashidat Agboola was named to the preseason all-league team.
BU went 24-6 last season and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.