Bulldogs Open Ivy League Play With 70-53 Win At Brown

Emmy Allen (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Emmy Allen (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Emmy Allen's Double-Double Leads Strong Team Effort

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale opened its Ivy League campaign with a 70-53 win at Brown on Friday night in the Pizzitola Sports Center. Emmy Allen posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced Bulldogs attack that saw nine players score in the contest and three reach double-figures.

Yale (7-8, 1-0 Ivy League) led by four at the intermission but steadily increased its lead in the second half by taking advantage of its scoring in the paint. The Bulldogs held Brown without a field goal during a five-minute stretch and pushed its lead to double-figures by getting six straight points inside from Zenab Keita and a layup from Meredith Boardman to make it 44-33.

Brown (6-9, 0-1) came back with seven straight points to briefly cut the Yale lead to four points. Lauren Clarke opened the spurt with a layup and then capped it off with a three-point play to make it 44-40 with 8:55 to play, but that was as close as the Bears could get.

Janna Graf and Allen extinguished the threat by combining for 10 straight points as part of a 13-3 run by Yale to take control of the contest. Graf opened the spurt with a jumper, which was answered by Brown's Natalie Ball, but the Bears would then be held without a field goal for the next 3:35. A layup by Allen and three straight points by Boardman extended the lead to 57-43 with 4:45 to play and the lead stayed in double-figures the rest of the way.

Yale hit 9-of-10 from the foul line in the final 2:02 and took its largest lead of the night following a pair of foul shots by Whitney Wyckoff with 0:51 to play before Clarke hit a shot at the buzzer for the final margin.

The game opened with Brown taking an early five-point lead after two foul shots by Ellise Sharpe made it 15-10, but Yale came back with eight straight points to take the lead for good. Sarah Halejian opened the run with a layup and a foul shot by Katie Werner made it 18-15.

The Bulldogs pushed the lead to nine points when Amanda Tyson opened a string of eight straight points. A jumper by Halejian made it 30-21 with 2:46 to play in the half and although the Bears outscored Yale, 9-4, to close the period, Yale led 34-30 at the break.

Graf finished with 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Halejian chipped in with 12 points. Tyson came off the bench to add eight points and two assists, while Werner finished with seven points and four rebounds in her first career start. Keita (six points, five rebounds) and Boardman (five points, four rebounds) bolstered Yale's bench production which outscored Brown, 33-16, and helped the Bulldogs hold a 42-30 scoring margin in the paint.

Clarke finished with 16 points to lead Brown, while Jordin Alexander finished with 10 points. Brown, which entered the game as the ninth-best three-point shooting team in the country at 39.3 percent was held to 1-of-12 (.083) shooting from the arc.

Yale returns to action when hosts Brown on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity