Yale To Face Furman On Wednesday

Alexandra Osborn-Jones (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Osborn-Jones (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Set To Conclude Four-Game Road Trip

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale wraps up its four-game road trip with a trip to Greenville, S.C., to face Furman. Tipoff at Timmons Arena is set for 5 p.m. and audio, video and live stats will be available at the links above.

Sarah Halejian led the Elis with 22 points, while Janna Graf chipped in with 13 points and hit four three-pointers in a 91-67 loss at Miami on Monday. The Bulldogs traded baskets with the Hurricanes in the early going, but a 9-0 run to open the second half provided the decisive margin for Miami to take control. The game was the fourth straight for Yale against a team that played in the 2013 postseason.

Sarah Halejian leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) ands ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in scoring, assists, steals and assists-turnover ratio. Meredith Boardman is grabbing a team-high 8.0 boards, which puts her among the top five in the Ivy as well.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series Record: Furman leads, 1-0.

The teams have met just once, on Dec. 30, 1996 at the Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic in Jersey City, N.J. The Paladins won, 79-63.

Head coach Jackie Carson has compiled a 42-54 record in her fourth season at the helm of her alma mater. Furman is 1-4 to open the season, but picked up a win in its only home game of the season. Last time out, the Paladins dropped a narrow, 71-67, decision at Mercer.

Holli Wilkins leads the team in scoring and is the only player in double-figures at 12.8 points per game, but six others average between 5.0 and 8.8 per game. Brittany Hodges grabs a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.

What To Watch For

Fresh Legs: Both teams have made use of a deep bench in the early season. Yale has nine players averaging at least 10.8 minutes per game, with only Janna Graf and Sarah Halejian playing more than 25.0 minutes per game. Furman has 11 players seeing at least 10.0 minutes of action per game and only Holli Wilkins, at 32.2 minutes per game, plays more than 25.0 a night.

Turnover Margin: The Bulldogs are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game and could take advantage of Furman's propensity to giveaway the ball. The Paladins have averaged 20.4 turnovers per game and have a -4.2 turnover margin for the season.

Elis Experience: Among Furman's top seven scorers, only two are upperclassmen. The Bulldogs have four upperclassmen and a pair of sophomores among their top six scorers.

Homecoming For Hayden

Yale junior Hayden Latham will be playing in front of a home crowd of sorts, when she returns to her hometown of Greenville, S.C., to face Furman. Latham has started off the 2013-14 season by starting five games and averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and tying for the team-lead with four blocked shots.

A standout at Christ Church Episcopal School, she captained the squad as a junior and senior and was named Most Valuable Player in both seasons. She led the Cavaliers to consecutive South Carolina Class A state titles in 2009 and 2010 and trip to the semifinals in 2011. As a senior she averaged 27 points per game and became the first player in school history to record more than 2,000 career points.

Next Up

Yale returns home to face Bryant on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men's teams. Yale leads the all-time series, 2-1, dating back to 2008-2009. The Elis won last season's meeting, 78-65.

Mary Burke is in her 23rd year at the helm of the Bulldogs having led the team's transition to Division I and winning over 300 games. The Bulldogs opened the season with a win over Vermont, but have dropped four straight games leading into Sunday's contest against New Hampshire.

Naana Ankoma-Mensa leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg), while Courtney Schissler adds 13.0 ppg and Jenniqua Bailey contributes 12.4 ppg. Bryant was tabbed 7th in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll and Ankoma-Mensa was a unanimous pick to the preseason team.