Graf Hits Four Three-Pointers, Adds 13 Points
Yale (3-3) hung close in the early going with the teams trading leads in the first five minutes. The Bulldogs hit four of their first five shots from the field, but the Hurricanes were able to keep pace and after a pair of free throws by Meredith Boardman tied the game at 11-11, the hosts responded by scoring seven straight points.
Hayden Latham broke the run with a three-pointer to make it 18-14 at the 12:20 mark. The Hurricanes managed to push the lead back to eight points, before two foul shots by Halejian and a short jumper by Alexandra Osborn-Jones was followed by a three-pointer from Nyasha Sarju to cut the Miami lead to 28-25 with 7:33 left in the half.
Miami (3-2) responded again by going inside to regain control of the contest. Caprice Dennis, who would finish with a career-high 26 points, hit a layup to push the lead back to five points and the Bulldogs were held to just one field goal over the next 7:37 of action as the Hurricanes pushed their lead to 18 points before a Graf three-pointer with :56 to play in the half.
Dennis and Keyona Hayes combined to score the first nine points of the second half as Miami stretched its 47-33 halftime lead and took control of the contest.
The Bulldogs tried to rally late with Halejian hitting a three-pointer and Emmy Allen scoring four straight points to get within 18 points, but they could get no closer as the Hurricanes went back inside to score the final six points of the contest.
In addition to her team-high 22 points, Halejian gave out five assists, while Graf finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Allen and Boardman each grabbed six rebounds to lead Yale, which finished with a slim, 42-40, margin on the glass.
Dennis led five Hurricanes in double-figures, including Hayes who added a career-high 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Miami did most of its damage in the paint, where it scored 54 points.
The Bulldogs wrap up their four-game road swing with a trip to Greenville, S.C., to face Furman on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Tip is set for 5 p.m.