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Bulldogs Slip In Second Half, Fall at Penn 62-50

Whitney Wyckoff (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Whitney Wyckoff (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Yale Unable To Overcome Penn Run At Start Of Second Half

PHILADELPHIA - Yale closed within a point to open the second half before Penn pushed its lead to double-figures over a six-minute span en route to defeating the Bulldogs, 62-50, at The Palestra on Friday night.

Yale (10-11, 4-3 Ivy League) got within 32-31 on a Lena Munzer jumper to open the second half, but the Quakers came back with 13 unanswered points over a six-minute span.

Alyssa Baron and Kara Bonenberger combined to score every point in the run that put Penn (15-5, 5-1) ahead 45-31 with 13:01 to play.

The Bulldogs held Penn without a field goal for the next 5:32 and rallied with a 12-2 spurt of their own to trim the deficit to four points. Katie Werner opened the spurt with a layup andSarah Halejian followed with five straight points. After a pair of Penn foul shots, Janna Graf converted a three-point play to make it 47-41.

Following a timeout, Halejian hit two foul shots to get Yale within four points, but a three-pointer by Renee Busch opened a run of 11 straight points for the Quakers to push the lead back to double-digits and the Bulldogs were unable to get any closer.

The first half was an up-and-down contest as Penn built a seven-point lead. The Quakers led 24-17 following a Courtney Wilson layup, but a foul shot by Whitney Wyckoff and consecutive jumpers by Amanda Tyson and Werner quickly cut the deficit to 24-22.

Following a jumper by Penn's Sydney Stipanovich, Yale came back to score on three straight possessions. Meredith Boardman and Werner hit short field goals, before Graf hit a three-pointer from the corner to give the Bulldogs a 29-26 lead.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Penn scored six straight to close the half and went into the intermission ahead 32-29.

Halejian finished with 11 points, four assists and no turnovers to lead the Bulldogs. Graf was the next-highest scorer with eight points. Boardman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds as Yale held a 43-41 rebounding edge.

Bonenberger scored 16 points, while Stipanovich and Baron added 15 points and 14 points, respectively. Stipanovich also added nine rebounds and eight blocked shots.

The Bulldogs travel to Princeton next for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday night.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity