NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Yale women's basketball team was slowed by Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon in a 67-54 defeat at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs got within three points in the second half, but the Pioneers were able to respond with a run and stifle Yale's hopes for a comeback.
Yale (2-1) got a spark to open the second half on consecutive baskets by Sarah Halejian and Osborn-Jones to cut into Sacred Heart's lead. The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 44-41 with 12:55 remaining after a three-point play by Latham and a layup by Katie Werner, but that is as close as the game would get the rest of the way.
Sacred Heart (1-1) responded with 14 unanswered points, led by six straight points from Ericka Norman. Osborn-Jones hit consecutive baskets for Yale to end the spurt, but the Pioneers answered with a three-pointer from Katie Shepard with 6:35 to play and built enough of a cushion to maintain their lead. The Bulldogs held SHU scoreless over the final 3:18 and Lena Munzer and Amanda Tyson combined to score the final five points of the game, but it was not enough to catch SHU.
Latham and Osborn-Jones, each scored career-highs, but were the only Bulldogs in double-figures, with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Meredith Boardman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and gave out four assists.
Alissa Tarsi led Sacred Heart with 13 points, while Gabrielle Washington and Adaysha Williams added 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Pioneers held a 44-40 rebounding margin, led by Caitlyn Abela's nine rebounds. SHU shot 43.1 percent from the floor and held Yale to 33.9 percent shooting.
The Pioneers raced out to an early 12-point lead, before Munzer and Boardman hit back-to-back shots to cut into the lead. After a layup by Tarsi made it 28-19, the Bulldogs rattled off six straight points by, capped by two foul shots from Osborn-Jones to make it 28-25. Sacred Heart recovered to close the half by outscoring Yale, 9-4, and take a 37-29 into the intermission.
Yale returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22, with a trip to face Boston University. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Case Gym.