Halejian and Munzer lead Yale with 14 points apiece
NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Yale women's basketball team shot a blistering 51.7 percent from the field to pull away for a 73-52 win over Brown on Friday night in the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The win helped the Bulldogs remain unbeaten in Ivy League play at 2-0.
Yale (8-8, 2-0 Ivy) took command of the contest with an 11-0 run in the first half during a five-minute span. Brown (6-10, 0-2) hit shots on four straight possessions in the early going to take a 16-12 lead, but following a timeout Sarah Halejian converted a layup and Hayden Latham hit a three-pointer to spark the run that gave Yale the lead for good.
Following a three-pointer from Lena Munzer and a free throw by Emmy Allen, Yale built a 23-16 lead before the Bears were able to stem the tied with a Jordin Alexander layup with 5:49 left in the half. A three-pointer by Sophie Bikofsky made it 23-21, but that was as close as Brown would get the rest of the way.
Halejian hit a jumper to spark a run of 23 unanswered points for the Bulldogs that spanned both halves. Munzer and Katie Werner combined eight straight in the spurt before a layup by Halejian and a layup by Allen helped Yale take a commanding 40-23 lead into the intermission.
The Bulldogs continued to click offensively in the second half with Alexandra Osborn-Jones hitting a layup to open the period and Janna Graf hitting a three-pointer off an assist from Allen as Yale scored the first nine points of the period to take a 49-23 lead.
Brown got a pair of foul shots from Ellise Sharpe with 15:12 to play, which ended a scoreless drought that spanned a total of 8:59 over both periods. A three-pointer by Alexander made it 49-28, but that was as close as the Bears would get as Meredith Boardman hit a jumper for the Bulldogs on the next possession.
Yale took its largest lead of the night at 62-32 with 8:25 to play after a layup by Werner. Brown closed the game on a 9-2 run for the final margin.
The Bulldogs had 10 players score in the contest and shot a season-best 51.7 percent from the field. Halejian and Munzer shared game-high scoring honors with 14 points each. Halejian added five assists and two steals, while Munzer had three assists and two steals. Allen added seven points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Werner, Graf and Latham each scored eight points. Osborn-Jones finished with four points and matched a career-high with three blocked shots.
Yale outscored Brown, 38-8, in the paint and held a 35-28 rebounding edge.
Jordin and Bikofsky led the Bears with 12 points each, but Brown was limited to just 32.6 percent shooting from the field and was forced into 22 turnovers.
The teams dedicated the game to the Chase Kowalski Fund and participated in a pregame ceremony to honor the memory of the angels taken from us in Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. For more information on the Chase Kowalski Fund go to www.chasekowalskifund.com.
Yale travels to Columbia on Friday, Jan. 31 and then Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity