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Bulldogs Face New Hampshire in Final Non-Conference Contest

Meredith Boardman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Boardman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Looks To Close Non-Conference Play On Winning Streak

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will look to close its non-conference slate on a winning note when it faces New Hampshire on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. With a win the Bulldogs can improve to 7-7 in non-league play this season and pick up its second straight win.

Yale is coming off an exciting, 86-85, win at Maine on Sunday. The Bulldogs won on a last-second jumper by Nyasha Sarju to down the Black Bears. The contest also featured a halftime buzzer-beater by Sarah Halejian, who hit a half-court shot just before the buzzer to give Yale a seven-point lead at the intermission.

Halejian led the Bulldogs with 20 points at Maine and leads the squad in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Meredith Boardman is the squad's top rebounder at 6.6 per game.

Scouting The Opponent

Series History: New Hampshire leads, 10-1.

UNH won the last meeting, 57-51, last season at John J. Lee Amphitheater. New Hampshire snapped a three-game skid with a 77-74 overtime win against Brown on Friday, Jan. 3.

Corinne Coia leads UNH in scoring at 11.5 ppg, while Kelsey Hogan adds 10.1 ppg. Elizabeth Belanger and Kaylee Kilpatrick are the team's leading rebounders at 7.0 and 6.8 rpg, respectively.

What To Watch For

Getting A Second-Chance: Yale leads the Ivy League, collecting 15.8 offensive rebounds per game. The Bulldogs convert those second-chances into nearly 14 points per game.

Forcing Turnovers: The Bulldogs' defense has been proficient in forcing its opponents into committing turnovers. Yale ranks second in the Ivy League forcing 18.7 turnovers per game and in the win at Maine, Yale turned 23 turnovers into 26 points.

Balanced Scoring: Sarah Halejian and Janna Graf both average double-figures in scoring, but Yale has had its most success when three or more players score double-figures in a game. In the win at Maine, five Bulldogs scored at least 10 points and Yale improved to 5-1 when three or more players score double-figures.

Next Up

Yale opens Ivy League play against Brown on Jan. 17 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The teams split last season's meetings, with each squad winning on the opponents' home court.

The Bears were tabbed seventh in the preseason Ivy League poll and return three starters from last season.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity