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Bulldogs Fall To Army, 68-56

Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Graf and Halejian Lead Bulldogs With 13 Points Each

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The tandem of Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner led the way for Army in a win over the Yale women's basketball squad on Saturday afternoon. The duo combined for 40 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in a 68-56 win for Army at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Yale (4-5) got off to a strong start and took a 12-11 lead following a three-pointer by Meghan McIntyre at the 11:59 mark of the first half.

Army (7-1) responded by outscoring the Bulldogs, 23-7, the remainder of the half to build an insurmountable lead. Minato sparked the run with a three-pointer to give the Black Knights the lead for good and finished with nine points total in the run.

Sarah Halejian interrupted a run of 10 consecutive points by Army with a jumper to get Yale within 21-14, but the Black Knights came right back with seven straight points. A pair of foul shots by Oertner gave Army its biggest lead of the half at 34-16, before Janna Graf hit a three-pointer just before halftime for Yale.

Nyasha Sarju scored five straight points for Yale and Halejian hit a pair of foul shots with 14:55 to play, that got Yale within 42-29, before Army answered with a 9-2 run to push its lead to 51-31.

Yale tried to rally over the final 3:42, holding Army to just two field goals and outscoring the Black Knights, 16-4, but it ran out of time. Graf scored six straight to start the spurt and a bucket by Amanda Tyson was sandwiched between two layups by Army.

The Bulldogs closed it out with three straight points by Hayden Latham and a three-pointer from Lena Munzer, followed by a Zenab Keita layup just before the buzzer to make it 68-56.

Graf had 13 points with five rebounds and five steals to lead Yale, while Halejian added 13 points of her own with a pair of assists. The Bulldogs shot a season-best 11-of-14 (.786) from the foul line.

Minato finished with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, while Oertner added 14 points and four blocked shots. Jen Hazlett chipped in with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday night when they host Georgetown. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity