Bulldogs Rally Falls Short At New Hampshire

Whitney Wyckoff. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Whitney Wyckoff. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale's Shot To Tie Game Misses In Final Seconds

DURHAM, N.H. - The Yale women's basketball team staged a second half comeback Tuesday night, but New Hampshire manged to hold on for the win, 58-53. The Bulldogs frustrated the Wildcats' offense in the second half to key the rally and set up a chance to tie in the final seconds.

Yale (6-8) got things going in the second half behind the inside play of Alexandra Osborn-Jones and Zenab Keita, who combined for Yale's first six points of the period. The Bulldogs' defense held UNH to just one field goal in the opening 6:57 of the period and after a three-pointer from Janna Graf and two foul shots by Katie Werner, Yale got within 37-29.

New Hampshire (6-7) responded by outscoring Yale, 11-3, over the next 4:10 to take its largest lead of the night at 48-32 after two foul shots by Kelsey Hogan with 8:57 to play.

Yale, however, hung around by holding New Hampshire without a field goal over the final 10:29 of the game and Whitney Wyckoff sparked the rally by accounting for six straight points for the Bulldogs.

Following two UNH foul shots, Halejian rattled off seven unanswered points to get Yale within 52-45 with 2:27 to play before a UNH foul shot broke the streak.

After a jumper by Graf, Hogan hit two foul shots for the Wildcats to make it 55-47 with 1:12 remaining. Halejian accounted for three straight points and a three-pointer from Graf made it 55-53 with 11 seconds to play.

The Bulldogs fouled Corinne Coia on the ensuing inbounds and she hit 1-of-2 foul shots. Halejian was able to get a three-point attempt off with :02 to play, but it missed its mark and UNH got the rebound. Coia sealed the UNH win with a pair of foul shots.

New Hampshire built an 11-2 lead to open the contest behind eight points from Kaylee Kilpatrick, before Yale responded with a layup from Lena Munzer and Meredith Boardman hit two foul shots.

A layup by Hayden Latham with 14:04 left in the first half made it 13-8, but UNH then held Yale to just two field goals for the rest of the period and steadily added to its lead. Madi Rowan's layup with 41 seconds to play in the opening period gave the Wildcats a 33-18 lead at the intermission.

Halejian led Yale with a game-high 17 points. Graf chipped in with nine points, while Keita and Wyckoff each had six points off the bench. Boardman grabbed eight rebounds.

Coia finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for UNH, while Kilpatrick had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Hogan finished with 13 points.

The Bulldogs return to action on January 17, when they travel to Brown to open Ivy League play.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity