Yale Falters In Second Half, Falls At Fordham

Hayden Latham. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hayden Latham. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Unable To Sustain Late First Half Rally

Bronx, N.Y. - The Yale women's basketball team was unable to recover from a slow start and fell at Fordham, 80-52, on Friday night. The Bulldogs got within five points at the end of the first half, but a three-pointer just before the intermission for the Rams regained the momentum as the home squad eventually pulled away for the win.

Yale (3-2) used a 19-5 run over a five-minute span at the end of the first half to trim Fordham's lead to 40-35. After a three-point play from Emily Tapio and two foul shots by Hannah Missry, the Rams led 35-16 with 5:47 to play in the period. A string of four foul shots by Hayden Latham, Lena Munzer and Meghan McIntyre sparked the Bulldogs' rally.

Fordham (3-2) was held without a field goal during the run and three-pointers by Janna Graf and Nyasha Sarju were part of a string of 10 unanswered points that were capped by consecutive layups from Sarah Halejian to make it 40-35 with :20 left in the half. The Rams were able to halt the momentum just before halftime with a three-pointer by Hannah Missry to push the lead to eight at the break.

The Rams picked up where they left off in the second half with eight straight points to open the half and held the Bulldogs without a field goal for a span of 7:20 to extend the lead and take control of the contest.

Halejian and Latham led Yale with 10 points apiece, while Meredith Boardman grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Erin Rooney had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Fordham, while Abigail Corning added 16 points and 12 rebounds with nine assists.

Yale returns to action on Monday, Nov. 25, with a 7 p.m. game at Miami (Fla.).