Bulldogs Host Brown On Friday Night

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Teams To Dedicate Game To Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale returns home to host Brown in an Ivy League contest on Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. and the action can be followed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Yale (7-8, 1-0 Ivy League) won the first meeting between the two teams last Friday, 70-53, in Providence, R.I. Janna Graf scored a game-high 16 points, while Emmy Allen added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nine players in total scored for the Bulldogs who limited the Bears to 1-of-12 shooting from three-point range.

Graf was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for her efforts, sharing the award with Cornell's Allyson DiMagno. The award marked the fourth Player of the Week award for Graf, who was also a four-time Rookie of the Week honoree in 2010-11.

Sarah Halejian leads Yale in scoring at 15.4 points per game, while Meredith Boardman is the team's top rebounder at 6.5 per game.

Friday's Game

The Yale and Brown women's basketball teams are playing Friday's game in honor of Chase Kowalski. Chase was one of the little angles taken from us in Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. To honor his memory, the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund was created.

You can donate to The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund at the entrance to the John J. Lee Amphitheater. For more information on Chase and the fund created in his memory contact info@ChaseKowalskiFund.com or visit:

www.chasekowalskifund.com or www.facebook.com/ChaseKowalskiMemorialFund

CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization.

Scouting The Opponent

Series History: Brown leads series, 43-34, dating back to 1973-74.

The teams split last season's meetings, with each winning on the road. Yale has won six of the last eight meetings in the series overall.

Brown comes into the contest with a 6-9 mark overall and is 0-1 in Ivy League play. The loss to Yale last week was the second straight for the Bears following a 48-43 loss at NJIT on Jan. 11.

Lauren Clarke scored 16 points in the first meeting with the Bulldogs and leads the team in scoring at 17.2 ppg, while Sophie Bikofsky adds 13.9 ppg and a team-high 4.5 rebounds per game.

Brown ranks fourth in the Ivy League in scoring at 64.5 points per game and is first in three-point shooting at 38.1 percent, but is eighth in the league in rebounding margin at -6.7.

What To Watch For

Points In The Paint: Yale was able to take advantage of its depth in the post in the first meeting, outscoring Brown, 42-30, in the paint. The Bulldogs average over 25.0 points per game in the paint and has lost just once this season when scoring more than 30 points in the paint in a game.

Three-Point Shooting: Yale limited Brown, the Ivy League's top three-point shooting team, to just 1-of-12 (.083) from the arc in the first contest. The league's top shooter, Sophie Bikofsky was just 1-of-6. Yale was just 3-of-14 (.214) from the arc, but if it can limit Brown's three-point shooting again it could be a major factor in the game.

Scoring Balance: Three players scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs last week, while nine players scored in the contest overall. Yale's bench averages nearly 23.0 points per game and when a third scorer has stepped up for the Bulldogs in games this year is when the team has its most success.

Next Up

Yale returns to the road for a pair of Ivy League contests beginning with a contest at Columbia on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then travel to Cornell for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity

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