Halejian's 17 Points Leads Yale, Graf Adds 12 Points
PRINCETON, N.J. - Looking to stay close to the leaders in the Ivy League standings, Yale needed a win at Princeton on Saturday night, but the Tigers took an early lead and claimed the victory over the Bulldogs.
Blake Dietrick scored 25 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to lead the Tigers to a 96-75 win over the Bulldogs at Jadwin Gym.
The loss dropped Yale to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in the Ivy League, while Princeton moved to 14-6 overall and 5-1 in the league.
Sarah Halejian led Yale with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds. She also added three steals. Janna Graf added 12 points and three assists, while Nyasha Sarju came off the bench to add 10 points.
Dietrick added six assists and six rebounds to lead five players in double-figures for Princeton. Alex Wheatley had 15 points, Michelle Miller had 14, Taylor Williams added 13 and Amanda Bernsten had 10 points. Kristen Helmstetter had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Yale scored on its first two possessions and took an early 5-4 lead on a Halejian three-pointer before Princeton took the lead for good with a run of 12 straight points.
Sarju stopped the run with seven straight points to make it 16-12. The Bulldogs were still within 32-25 following an Emmy Allen layup with 5:40 left in the half, but the Tigers outscored Yale, 17-8, the rest of the half to take a 49-33 lead into halftime.
Yale got back within single-digits early in the second half, outscoring Princeton, 13-6, in the opening minutes. Following a three-pointer by Graf and jumper by Whitney Wyckoff the Bulldogs' deficit was cut to 55-46.
A three-pointer by Hayden Latham with 15:36 to play made it 58-49, but Princeton put the game out of reach by outscoring Yale, 19-2, over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach. Amanda Tyson, who was 3-for-3 from the field in the second half, hit a three-pointer with 0:16 remaining for the final margin.
Yale forced 15 Princeton turnovers, while committing just 11, and shot 41.5 percent from the floor, but the Tigers shot 59.7 percent and held a 46-27 rebounding margin.
Yale returns home to host Cornell on Friday night next weekend. The Bulldogs will host Columbia on Saturday for its Pink Zone game in support of breast health awareness.Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity