GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Bulldogs Look to Slow Army On Saturday

Meghan McIntyre. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meghan McIntyre. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Bulldogs Aim For Third Home Win Of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will look to continue its winning ways when it hosts Army on Saturday at John J. Lee Auditorium. The Bulldogs defeated Bryant, 72-61, on Wednesday night in the opening game of a four-game homestand.

Yale forced a season-high 26 turnovers and made a season-best 11 three-pointers in the win. Sarah Halejian scored a team-high 15 points and collected a career-high seven steals, along with six assists. Janna Graf hit four three-pointers and added 14 points to move to 958 points for her career.

Halejian was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday and leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 14.4 points per game. Meredith Boardman is grabbing a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series: Army leads, 17-10, in a series that dates to 1977-78.
The teams have alternated wins and losses in the last four meetings, with Army taking the last meeting, 53-47, in 2012-13.

Head coach Dave Magarity entered the season with a 121-89 mark in seven seasons at Army. He ranks third all-time in wins at West Point and is just 12 shy of all the all-time record.

Army has rattled off six straight wins since losing the season-opener. The Black Knights dropped Morgan State, 73-48, on Tuesday night and were led by Kelsey Minato's 16 points.

The Black Knights went 22-9 last year and were picked second in the preseason Patriot League poll. Kelsey Minato, one of four returning starters, was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League team.

What To Watch For

Making Shots Count: Yale will face a stern test on the offensive end as Army has won six straight, largely because of its defense. The Black Knights allow 57.0 points per game, which ranks 27th nationally. Army only allows opponents to shoot 35.1 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range, marks which rank among the top-50 nationally.

Starting Fast: It will be important for Yale to get off to a fast start against Army, as the Bulldogs are 3-1 in games when they hold a lead at halftime. The Black Knights, on the other hand, have been especially tough in the first half, outscoring opponents by 36 points.

Slow Down Minato: Kelsey Minato is the focal point of Army's offense, ranking among the national leaders in scoring (17.4 ppg), while shooting over 93 percent from the foul line and 40 percent from three-point range. In Army's only loss this season, she was limited to 12 points on 4-of-19 shooting.

Next Up

Yale hosts Georgetown on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The teams have played five times in a series that dates back to 1980. The Bulldogs won their only meeting in the series, 67-62, on Dec. 7, 1982. The Hoyas hold the overall lead 4-1, including a win at home last season.

Jim Lewis was named interim head coach prior to the season and has guided the Hoyas to a 5-2 start, including a championship at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Lewis has over 40 years of experience at stops in the NCAA, WNBA and with Team USA.

Georgetown was tabbed sixth in the preseason BIG EAST coaches poll, led by preseason all-conference pick Andrea White (14.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Natalie Butler (16.4 ppg, 12.7 rpg).

filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity