February 27, 2014

Salute To Senior Class Highlights Final Home Weekend

Bulldogs Host Princeton, Penn In Final Home Contests Of The Season

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of important contests and Senior Day highlight the final home weekend of the season for the Yale women's basketball team. Coming off a pair of wins last weekend, the Bulldogs are currently in fourth-place in the Ivy League standings with a chance to make up ground against the leaders, Princeton and Penn, this weekend.

Sarah Halejian picked up Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors after averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals in the Bulldogs' wins over Cornell and Columbia. Against the Big Red she poured in 16 of her 18 points after halftime. Against Columbia she scored a game-high 26 points and gave out six assists.

The Bulldogs also got outstanding individual performances from Emmy Allen, Nyasha Sarju and Whitney Wyckoff in the wins. Against Cornell, Allen scored a career-high 14 points with three blocked shots, while Sarju also posted a personal-best with 18 points and seven rebounds. In the win over Columbia, Wyckoff made her second career start and had six points, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

Senior Spotlight

Saturday's game against Penn marks the final home game for Yale's seniors. The four standouts will be honored prior to the game.

The group has been a part of one of the most successful four-year periods in program history. Yale has won 34 games in Ivy League play, which is tied with the Class of 2013 and Class of 1989 for the most by any class in a four-year span. Overall, the Class of 2014 has won 55 games, which is closing in on the Class of 1980's mark of 57 wins. The class was also a part of 2011's squad that played in the WNIT and the team that upset 14th-ranked Florida State in 2010.

A look at some of the individual accomplishments of the Class of 2014:

Janna Graf: The 36th captain in program history, she became the 18th women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points after reaching the milestone at Kansas on Dec. 29, 2013. She was named an Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection in 2012-13 and unanimous All-Ivy Rookie Team choice in 2010-11.

Zenab Keita: Has appeared in 84 career games  and made 32 starts. She posted career-highs in points (18), assists (4) and blocked shots (3) in win over Houston on Nov. 17, 2012. As a senior, she set season-highs with seven points and six rebounds in a win over Bryant.

Alexandra Osborn-Jones: Has played in 69 career games, making 21 starts. Averaging a career-high 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds as a senior and has scored a career-high 12 points on three occasions, most recently at Maine on Jan. 5. She blocked a personal-best three shots against both Brown (Jan. 17) and Saint Peter's (Dec. 10).

Amanda Tyson: Has appeared in 83 career games and made 10 starts. Had a pair of strong games last weekend, grabbing a season-high seven rebounds, including five offensive rebounds against Columbia on Feb. 22. She scored a career-high 16 points against Bryant on Jan. 16, 2013.

Scouting Princeton

Series History: Princeton leads the all-time series, 49-28.

Princeton has won the last nine, including a 96-75 win on Feb. 15.

The Tigers have won seven straight and are in sole possession of first-place in the Ivy League after sweeping Harvard and Dartmouth.

Annie Tarakchian earned Co-Player of the Week last week after averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting .846 from the field. Blake Dietrick scores a team-high 15.3 points per game, while Kristen Helmstetter is the leading rebounder at 6.1 per game.

Scouting Penn

Series History: Yale leads the all-time series, 37-35

The Bulldogs have gone 7-2 in the last nine meetings, but the Quakers won 62-50 at the Palestra on Feb. 14.

Penn lost at Dartmouth last weekend, snapping a nine-game win streak. The loss dropped Penn into second-place in the Ivy League at 7-2.

Sydney Stipanovich was named Rookie of the Week for the seventh time this season after posting 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds last week. Alyssa Baron leads Penn in scoring at 15.2 points, while Stipanovich leads the team in rebounding at 8.3 boards per game.

Looking Ahead

Yale closes the regular-season with games at Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend. The Bulldogs face rival Harvard on Friday night, before traveling to Dartmouth on Saturday night.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity


 

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