STANFORD, Calif. – Following a brief winter holiday break, Yale (8-3) returns to action with a trip to California. Yale begins the trip with a visit to No. 13 Stanford (9-2), the first top-25 opponent on the Bulldogs' schedule. Yale seeks its sixth straight road win in Wednesday's game, while Stanford is 4-1 at home.
Last time out, Yale earned a win at New Hampshire 64-58 on Dec. 11. Neither team trailed by more than six points over the course of the entire game. However, Yale trailed by six with four minutes remaining before closing the game on a 15-3 run to pull off the comeback win. The Bulldogs will look to continue their momentum on the road against a formidable opponent.
Yale Season Leaders
Junior Jen Berkowitz leads the Bulldogs with 14.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. She leads the Ivy League by a wide margin with a 60.8% field goal percentage. Senior Lena Munzer ranks 2nd on the team behind Berkowitz with 12.5 points per game, while freshman Megan Gorman ranks 2nd behind Berkowitz with 6.2 rebounds per game. Junior Tamara Simpson leads the Ivy League with 2.5 steals per game.
Report on the Stanford Cardinal
Stanford has a storied women's basketball program, especially since 1985-86 under the leadership of Hall of Fame head coach and Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer. VanDerveer is a 4-time national coach of the year (1988, 1989, 1990, 2011), a 2002 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. She led the Cardinal to national championships in 1990 and 1992, and the team has advanced at least to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine seasons (Elite Eight last season).
Senior Erica McCall went over 1,000 career points in Stanford's most recent game, a 71-52 win at George Washington. She leads the team this season with 16.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. Junior Brittany McPhee ranks 2nd with 14.8 points per game while Kaylee Johnson ranks 2nd with 6.0 rebounds per game.
A win over Stanford would be Yale's first against a ranked opponent since beating Florida State 91-85 on Dec. 18, 2010. Stanford is also returning from a winter break – albeit a shorter one – and this will be the Cardinal's first game in a week.
Yale continues its California road trip with a game at UC Santa Barbara at noon on Saturday, New Year's Eve.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity