December 9, 2013

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Bulldogs Host Hoyas Tuesday Night

Yale Plays Final Game Before Break For Exams

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale is back in action on Tuesday night against Georgetown. The Bulldogs will be playing their third game in seven days, but then won't play again until Dec. 19 after the completion of exams.

The Bulldogs fell to Army, 68-56, on Saturday. After holding an early lead, 12-11, Yale was stymied by the Black Knights over an 11-minute span in the first haf as the visitors built a 34-19 lead to pick up the win. Yale shot a season-best 11-of-14 (.786) from the foul line, while Janna Graf and Sarah Halejian each scored 13 points.

Halejian leads the team in scoring (14.2 ppg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). Meredith Boardman is the leading rebounder for Yale at 7.8 per game.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series: Georgetown leads 4-1 in series dating to Jan. 27, 1980.
Yale's lone win in the series came on Dec. 5, 1982 (67-62). The Hoyas won last season's meeting, 90-67, and took the first three games in the series.

Jim Lewis took over as interim head coach prior to the year, but has over 40 years of experience at stops in the NCAA, WNBA and with Team USA.

The Hoyas are 5-3 on the year, but had a four-game win streak snapped in a loss to Penn State on Sunday. Katie McCormick led GU with 17 points and hit five three-pointers.

Georgetown was tabbed sixth in the preseason BIG EAST coaches poll and are led by preseason all-conference pick Andrea White (13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Natalie Butler (15.9 ppg, 12.3 rpg).

What To Watch For

Battle on the Blocks: Yale will face a stern test from Georgetown in the interior. It's a matchup of two strong rebounding teams, but the Hoyas come into the contest with a +9.4 rebounding margin and average a BIG EAST-best 5.5 blocked shots per game.

Turnover Margin: Yale has forced an average of 22.0 turnovers in the last two games and rank fourth in the Ivy League in turnover margin (-0.2). Georgetown has struggled to protect the ball, ranking last in the BIG EAST with a -7.2 turnover margin, having committed at least 20 turnovers in a game four times.

Scoring Balance: Through nine games, one thing has been consistent in each of Yale's wins with the presence of a third scoring option. Although Sarah Halejian is the only Bulldog averaging double-figures on the year, in each of the team's four wins Yale has had at least three players score in double-figures.

Next Up

Yale will host Saint Peter's on Dec. 19 after the conclusion of final exams for the first semester. Saint Peter's has started the season by dropping its first six games. Antonia Smith is the only Peahen averaging double-figures (14.3 ppg), while Kaydine Bent is grabbing 5.8 rebounds to lead the team.

Pat Coyle is in her first season as head coach of the Peahens, but coached Loyola (Md.) to a pair of NCAA appearances and was also head coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Saint Peter's was tabbed 11th in the preseason coaches poll, while Aziza May was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity