Bulldogs Late Rally Not Enough As Jayhawks Win, 79-63
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Janna Graf returned to her home state and scored 17 points, including the 1,000th of her career, but Kansas held off a late Yale run to hold on for a 79-63 win Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Graf became the 18th player in Yale women's history to reach 1,000 points when she hit a baseline jumper with 14:30 to play.
Yale (5-7) made a run midway through the second half when Lena Munzer hit a three-pointer to start a 13-2 spurt that helped the Bulldogs get within 11 points. Sarah Halejian and Graf combined to score nine unanswered points and a three-pointer by Graf made it 67-56 with 5:03 to play.
Kansas came back with three points to end the spurt and only allowed Yale to score three field goals the rest of the way to hold on for the win. Emmy Allen scored a jumper right at the buzzer for the final margin.
Kansas (7-5) opened the game scoring the first 11 points and built a 15-3 lead, before the Bulldogs responded to get within five points. A layup by Meredith Boardman and three-pointer from Sarah Halejian started a string of seven straight points for Yale. The run was capped off by a Graf layup to make it 15-10 with 11:33 left in the period.
KU responded with five straight before Graf followed with back-to-back three-pointers. The Jayhawks continued to lead by double-figures the rest of the half and took a 45-26 lead at hafltime following a three-pointer by Asia Boyd just before the buzzer.
Halejian and Graf finished with 17 points apiece to lead Yale. Halejian added three steals, while Graf finished the day shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Katie Werner grabbed a team-high seven points. Allen had a game-high three blocked shots.
Chelsea Gardner led four Jayhawks in double-figures with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Boyd added 17 points and 10 rebounds. As a team KU shot 57.7 percent from the field for the game.
The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Maine.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity