February 28, 2014

Bulldogs Fall To Ivy Leaders Princeton

Halejian Surpasses 1,000 Career Points; Wyckoff Sets Career-High Scoring Mark

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Sarah Halejian led all scorers with 18 points and became the 19th player in Yale women's basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points, but the Bulldogs fell to Princeton, 85-63, on Friday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Whitney Wyckoff chipped in with a career-high 12 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Princeton's hot-shooting which had five players in double-figures and shot 61.1 percent from the floor for the game.

The loss ended a two-game win streak for Yale and dropped its record to 12-13 overall and 6-5 in the Ivy League. Princeton improved to 18-6 overall and maintained its spot atop the Ivy League at 9-1.

The Bulldogs tried to keep pace in the early going and were within 7-6 after three-pointers from Nyasha Sarju and Wyckoff, but the Tigers quickly pushed the lead to double-figures. A spurt of nine unanswered points gave Princeton a 25-9 lead with 11:17 to play in the first half to take control of the contest.

The Tigers pushed its lead to 48-26 at halftime after shooting a sizzling 67.9 percent from the field in the opening half.

Halejian, who scored her 1,000th career point on a layup with 3:34 to play in the first half, did her best to get the Bulldogs off to a quick start in the second-half by scoring the first seven points for Yale, but the Tigers had an answer for every basket. A 15-2 run gave Princeton its largest lead of the night at 72-37 with 9:30 to play.

The Bulldogs used 9-3 spurt to respond and trim the deficit. Halejian had three foul shots in the spurt, while Meredith Boardman added a three-point play and Wyckoff had a three-pointer.

Yale outscored Princeton, 10-3, over the final 4:51, but the deficit was too large to overcome. Emmy Allen and Lena Munzer each had four points for the Bulldogs in the closing run, but a foul shot by Boardman to make it 84-63 was as close as Yale could get. Princeton's Jess Shivers tacked on a foul shot in the closing seconds for the final margin.

Kristen Helmstetter led Princeton with 17 points, while Michelle Miller added 16. Blake Dietrick and Amanda Bernsten each finished with 12 and Alex Wheatley chipped in with 10 points. The Tigers held a 41-29 rebounding margin and outscored Yale 45-23 in the paint.

The Bulldogs forced 18 Tigers turnovers, but were limited to just 30.3 percent shooting for the game, including 7-of-25 (28.0 percent) from three-point range.

Prior to the contest, Yale honored Janna Graf for becoming the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Graf reached the milestone on Dec. 29, 2013, in her home state against the University of Kansas.

Yale hosts Penn on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs' four seniors will be honored prior to the final home game of their careers.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity