NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Mariella Fasoula, Boston College defeats Yale and snaps the Bulldogs' six-game winning streak. Yale suffers its first home loss of the season and falls to 7-3 overall, while Boston College improves to 3-6.
After a close, high-scoring first quarter, the second quarter proved pivotal, as the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 13-4 to take a 34-21 halftime lead. Trailing by 16 points with two minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Yale went on a 15-2 run in a 2:59 span to cut the deficit to three. But Boston College hung tough down the stretch to stop Yale from completing the comeback.
Boston College head coach Erik Johnson said of Yale's run to make the game close in the second half, "that's high-level basketball…this team's won six games in a row for a reason." But ultimately, Boston College presented enough individual matchup issues to make Yale uncomfortable. As sophomore Alexandra Maund said, "at every position, they were taller than us…It was hard to implement our gameplan because it was really tough to see in there." Boston College finished with 48 points in the paint compared to Yale's 25.
Boston College's win snaps Yale's longest winning streak (six) in two seasons under Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth. It also snaps a two-game losing streak for the Eagles.
The Bulldogs knew that they would need to stop Fasoula, Boston College's leading scorer and rebounder, in order to be successful. They also knew they had been fortunate to escape with an overtime win over Albany in their most recent game after being outrebounded and missing twelve free throws.
Yale missed eight free throws tonight and was outrebounded for the second game in a row after going the first eight games of the season without being outrebounded. Shortages in those categories, coupled with Fasoula's performance, resulted in a losing recipe for the Bulldogs. Johnson said, "I thought [Fasoula] was the difference in the game. Down the stretch when we needed baskets, we were able to go get her."
Massachusetts native Jen Berkowitz had the difficult assignment of matching up with Fasoula for much of the game, and while she got in foul trouble, she still led the team with 15 points and 9 rebounds, in addition to 3 steals. Junior Tamara Simpson (14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals) and senior Lena Munzer (13 points, 4 assists) also made major contributions in the loss.
Next up, Yale travels to play the University of New Hampshire, Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be Yale's last game before winter break. It also marks the first of six consecutive road games for Yale, including a trip to California to play Stanford and UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 28 and 31.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity