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Sarah Halejian Named Yale Captain For 2014-15 Season

Sarah Halejian (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Halejian (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Named 37th Captain in 42 Seasons of Women's Basketball at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team has announced that guard Sarah Halejian has been named the team's captain for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Halejian becomes Yale's 37th captain in the women's basketball program's history, as voted upon by her teammates. The 5-9 guard enters her senior season having played 84 games in her Yale career with 78 starts. The 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, she has been named All-Ivy League First Team in each of the past two seasons.

"I am honored to have been selected as next year's captain by my teammates," Halejian said. "It is a truly rewarding feeling to know that I have earned their respect and trust to be the leader of our team. I plan to lead by example, on and off the court, and want to work towards making the winning culture of our program stronger than ever. I hope all of our upperclassmen will be leaders and role models for our younger teammates because we will need contributions from each member of the team if we wish to be successful next season."

Halejian became the 19th player in program-history to surpass 1,000 career points on Feb. 28 against Princeton and has averaged 12.5 points per game for her career. She led the Bulldogs in scoring as a junior with 15.5 points per game, while posting an Ivy League-best 3.6 assists per game and 2.4 steals per game. She started all 28 games this past season and scored a season-high 27 points against Georgetown on Dec. 10 and against Harvard on Feb. 8.

"Sarah has been a leader with her game, but is fully prepared to become a leader in other capacities as captain now," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "With just one year of her career left, she is on a mission to help the team reach its full potential. She wants this to be our best year more than anybody and that's who you want to have as a leader."

The announcement comes after the team held its annual team banquet last weekend at The Course at Yale.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity