Balanced Attack Carries Bulldogs Past BU

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

Yale Shoots 44.6 Percent From The Field, Force 19 Turnovers

BOSTON - Yale had three players score in double-figures and held off a late rally by Boston University to win 78-68 on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs hit five three-pointers and shot 44 percent from the field to turn back the Terriers.

Meredith Boardman scored five straight points for Yale (3-1) as part of a 9-0 run over both halves. A layup by Alexandra Osborn-Jones capped off a spurt of six straight points to open the second half for the Bulldogs and extended their halftime lead to 41-27.

Boston University (1-3) regrouped behind an 11-2 run and got within 43-38 with 15:05 to play, but the Bulldogs responded by outscoring the hosts, 17-4, over a six-minute span. A three-pointer and jumper by Meghan McIntyre on consecutive possessions gave Yale its largest lead of the night at 62-42 with 9:01 to play.

Yale appeared to be set to cruise to the road win after back-to-back layups by Janna Graf made it 71-53 with 3:48 to play, but the Terriers attempted to rally. Courtney Callahan started a spurt of 11 straight points by BU and also capped it off with a three-pointer to make it 71-64 with 1:23 remaining.

Graf hit a foul shot with 1:06 to play before Rashidat Agboola hit two free throws to make it 72-66 with 47 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs managed to end the threat by hitting six straight foul shots down the stretch before BU's Courtney Latham hit a layup at the buzzer for the final margin.

The Bulldogs took a quick 8-0 lead on a three-pointer by Lena Munzer and five straight points by Janna Graf before the Terriers answered back with 11 straight points to take a three-point lead at the 14.01 mark.

Yale trailed, 21-20, with 8:09 in the half before a jumper by Sarah Halejian put the visitors in front for good and sparked a 10-1 run. Boardman scored the Bulldogs' final seven points of the half to make it 35-27 at the break.

Boardman led Yale with 13 points and eight rebounds. Halejian added 12 points and five assists, while Graf chipped in with 12 points and four assists. Munzer finished with eight points in her first start and Emmy Allen contributed six points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Yale shot 44.6 percent from the field and was 5-of-10 from three-point range. The Bulldogs also went 23-of-30 from the free-throw line and held a slim 38-36 rebounding margin.

Agboola led the Terriers with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Callahan finished with 13 points. BU shot 38.6 percent from the field and was 8-of-10 from three-point range, but was hampered by 19 turnovers.

Yale returns to action on Friday, Nov. 22, with a trip to Fordham for a 7:00 p.m. tip.