Bulldogs Fall To Army, 68-56

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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