Bulldogs Close Season With 57-41 Win At Dartmouth

Janna Graf

Bulldogs Frustrate Big Green Into 24 Turnovers 

HANOVER, N.H. - A strong defensive effort and balanced offense helped the Yale women's basketball team down Dartmouth, 57-41, at Leede Arena on Saturday night. Janna Graf scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.

Yale (13-15, 7-7 Ivy League) closed the first half on a 15-3 run to take the lead for good and and clinch a top-four spot in the Ivy League for the fifth straight season.

Graf started the decisive run with back-to-back three-pointers. Sarah Halejian and Zenab Keita pushed the Yale run to 10 unanswered points with consecutive jumpers and put the Bulldogs in front, 22-16, with 5:28 left in the half.

Dartmouth (5-23, 2-12) interrupted Yale's run with three free throws, but a three-pointer by Whitney Wyckoff and a layup by Keita with 16 seconds left in the period gave the Bulldogs a 27-19 lead at the intermission. Yale held the Big Green without a field goal over the final 8:25 of the half and forced five turnovers in that span.

The Big Green made a run at the Bulldogs to open the second half, scoring the first six points to get within two. Larkin Roland scored five straight and her jumper made it 27-25 with 17:34 to play.

Graf converted a layup off a pass from Halejian to stem the run momentarily. The team's traded layups before a three-pointer by Fanni Szabo got Dartmouth within 31-30 with 14:26 to play.

Halejian hit a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Bulldogs back up by four and the Big Green were unable to get any closer.

A jumper by Nyasha Sarju sparked a run of eight unanswered points to push the lead back to double-figures. Meredith Boardman scored four straight and her jumper made it 42-32 with 10:34 to play.

A jumper by Larkin ended a span of almost six minutes without a field goal for Dartmouth to make it 45-36 with 7:31 to play, but that was as close as the game would get.

The Bulldogs closed the game out by scoring the final five points, and a foul shot by Alexandra Osborn-Jones gave Yale its largest lead of the game for the final margin at 57-41.

Halejian and Wyckoff finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Yale. Halejian added six assists, while Wyckoff added three steals.

All four of Yale's seniors got into the scoring column in their final contests. Keita finished with eight points and six boards, while Amanda Tyson had two points and six rebounds. Osborn-Jones added three points and two boards.

Yale held a 20-8 edge in scoring in the paint and used a 23-0 margin in points off turnovers to pick up the road win.

Zimmer was Dartmouth's only double-figure scorer with 15 points. The Big Green had a 36-34 edge in rebounding, but shot just 29.8 percent on the night.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity