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Defense, Rebounding Spark Road Win Over Holy Cross

Meghan McIntyre
Meghan McIntyre

McIntyre Leads Bulldogs with 22 Points, Berkowitz and Gorman Also Reach Double Figures

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Meghan McIntyre had a season-high 22 points off the bench and the Bulldogs dominated the glass to earn a 71-70 overtime road win on Sunday evening.

With the win, the Bulldogs earned their third in a row and improved to 4-2 overall.  Jen Berkowitz added 16 points and Megan Gorman notched a double-double (10 points and 14 rebounds) for Yale, which outrebounded the Crusaders 52-40.

Yale's defense and rebounding took control in overtime, and led to the go-ahead layup by Lena Munzer with 24 seconds to go.  The Bulldogs limited Holy Cross to one-for-six shooting in overtime and forced four turnovers.

With 43 seconds left, Munzer and Gorman grabbed two offensive rebounds in the same possession on a night when the Bulldogs dominated the offensive boards by a 18-9 edge.  It eventually led to winning shot by Munzer.

The Bulldogs overcame a 31-20 deficit midway through the second quarter thanks to the sharpshooting of McIntyre, who hit three 3-pointers in a little over 2 minutes to chip away before the end of the half.  Gorman followed her own miss with a rebound and a layup to the game at 41 with 4:27 left in the third.

It was McIntyre who struck again later in the third to give the Bulldogs the lead.  Her three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 49-47 advantage with 1:06 left in the period and her jumper pushed the lead to four with 33 seconds remaining. 

McIntyre had went six-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Berkowitz and Gorman increased the lead to seven at two different points early in the fourth before Holy Cross (1-5) mounted its own comeback.  After a Gorman layup made it 56-49, Holy Cross scored the next six points in less than a minute to trim the lead to one.

Once again, Berkowitz answered to put the lead back to four with another three, and Mary Ann Santucci made it a 61-55 cushion after she grabbed an offensive rebound and made a bucket with 6:54 left.  Berkowitz scored eight points in the fourth, including Yale's last two points to give the team a 65-60 lead.   

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday night at Wagner.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity