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Bulldogs Stopped By Quakers

Zenab Keita (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Zenab Keita (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Graf, Keita, Tyson and Osborn-Jones Honored On Senior Night

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - A barrage of three-pointers spoiled Senior Night for the Yale women's basketball team in a 62-48 loss to Penn on Saturday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Both teams shot better than 50 percent from three-point range, but the Quakers did enough defensively to hold back the Bulldogs.

Prior to the game, the Bulldogs' four seniors; Janna Graf, Zenab Keita, Alexandra Osborn-Jones and Amanda Tyson were recognized for their contributions to the program.

Yale (12-14, 6-6 Ivy League) jumped out to an early lead on three-pointers by Sarah Halejian and Nyasha Sarju and a layup from Osborn-Jones. Sarju's three made it 8-5 just 3:57 into the game.

Penn (19-6, 9-2) roared back, outscoring Yale, 12-3, over the next four minutes and took control of the game. Back-to-back three-pointers by Alyssa Baron and Renee Busch put the Quakers ahead 17-11.

A layup by Graf cut the deficit to four points, but Penn, which shot 12-of-19 (.632) from three-point range on the night, used the deep ball to push the lead to double-digits before a trey by Tyson just before halftime made it 36-24 at the break.

The Penn defense made the halftime lead hold up, limiting Yale to just three field goals in the opening 13:50 of the half. Tyson, Meghan McIntyre and Graf each had three-pointers for the Bulldogs in that span, but the Quakers offense continued its hot-shooting to extend the lead to its largest of the night at 55-35.

Following four straight points by Halejian with just over six minutes to play, the Bulldogs mounted a late rally and outscored the Quakers 13-7 over the final 6:26. Halejian had eight points in the spurt, while Whitney Wyckoff added five.

Halejian finished with 13 points to lead the Bulldogs. Keita grabbed six rebounds to lead Yale on the glass. Yale shot 8-of-16 from three-point range and turned 19 turnovers into 18 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Penn's night from three-point range.

Kathleen Roche led Penn with 20 points and shot 6-of-9 from the arc, while Baron added 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Quakers held a 44-34 rebounding edge.

Yale closes out the season with a pair of road contests, beginning at Harvard on Friday, March 7.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity