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Pair of Games in Ohio Await Yale Over Thanksgiving Break

The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

 

Yale at Cincinnati Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Yale at Youngstown State Friday 7:00 P.M.

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's basketball team is headed to Ohio for Thanksgiving Break. The Bulldogs will play a pair of games -- at Cincinnati (Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Bearcats TV) and at Youngstown State (Friday, 7:00 p.m., ESPN+) -- with a stop in between to celebrate Thanksgiving together at the house of sophomore forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio).

Bulldogs Split Games in Preseason WNIT Consolation Round

Yale traveled to Nacogdoches, Texas, last weekend to compete at Stephen F. Austin in the Consolation Round of the Preseason WNIT. In the first game, the Bulldogs held off a pesky Niagara squad 67-64. Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) led all scorers with 23 points, including a three-pointer with 2:11 left that gave Yale the lead for good. Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) had a team-best nine rebounds.  

The Bulldogs fell to 67-57 to SFA the next day, hurt by a 21-4 third quarter in favor of the Ladyjacks. Barahman again led all scorers, this time with 26 points. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) had a game-high nine rebounds.

Iowa State beat No. 24 Miami 75-52 Sunday to claim the Preseason WNIT Championship.

Buckeye State Bulldog

The trip to Ohio is a homecoming for sophomore forward Alex Cade (Share Heights, Ohio). Cade attended Laurel High School, where she was a two-time all-state selection and finished her career in the double-century club with 1,270 points and 1,014 rebounds. Her team advanced to the state sectional playoffs and went 21-4 her senior year. Cade received the Laurel L Award as the school's best student-athlete.

Yale Tops League in Scoring

Yale is averaging 71.0 points per game, tied with Harvard for best in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs scored 80 points in each of their first two games -- a mark they had reached just twice in 64 games prior to that.

In general Yale has been trending up on offense recently, averaging 67.2 points per game last season -- a 10 percent improvement over the previous season's average (61.1 points per game). The 82 points the Bulldogs scored in the wins vs. Colgate and TCU last year represent the most they have scored in Allison Guth's tenure as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball.  She is in her fourth season.

Ball Security

Yale is averaging just 14.0 turnovers per game, second-best in the Ivy League. The team's 11 turnovers in the 67-64 win vs. Niagara Nov. 16 marked a season best.

Barahman Builds on Breakout Season

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) continues to build off her honorable mention All-Ivy League season last year. She leads the Ivy League in scoring with an average of 25.8 points per game this season -- six more than any other Ivy player. She is tied for second in the league in assists per game (4.3) and is tied for 13th in rebounding (6.3 per game).

Barahman scored a career-high 29 points in the 89-80 loss at Northern Illinois in the first round of the Preseason WNIT Nov. 8.

Barahman, who was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 5, averaged 13.5 points per game last season en route to earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors.

Emsbo Already Among Leaders

First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) has stepped right in and made an impact at both ends of the floor. She is 14th in the nation in blocked shots with nine, and she is fourth in the Ivy League in rebounding (8.8 per game). She is Yale's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points per game.

Emsbo has reached double-digits in points three times in four games, with a high of 21 points in Yale's game at Northern Illinois in the Preseason WNIT Nov. 8. She also had a season-high 13 rebounds in that game.

Emsbo, who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the week of Nov. 5, was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High. ESPN ranked her as the No. 34 best recruit in the country (sixth-best at her position). She was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado. Her identical twin sister, Kira, plays for Princeton.

Kid Stuff

With just two seniors on the roster this season, Yale has been relying heavily on the other three classes for production -- they account for 92 percent of the team's minutes played and 96 percent of the team's points. Two sophomores (guards Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) and Ellen Margaret Andrews (Dallas, Texas)) and a first year (forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.)) have started all four games so far.

Road Warriors

Yale is in the middle of a stretch of seven straight road games and will play just one home game between now and Dec. 20. By the time the Bulldogs reach that point in the schedule, they will have played as many games in Ohio and Texas as in Connecticut (two) -- and they will have played more games in New York (three). From Dec. 20 through Feb. 2, the Bulldogs make up for all those road games by playing four of seven games in John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Scouting Cincinnati

Cincinnati (3-2, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) is coming off a 51-50 win at Saint Louis this past Sunday. The Bearcats got the go-ahead free throw from guard Antoinette Miller with four seconds left. Guard Nikira Goings leads the team in scoring (13.0 points per game) and is shooting .342 from three-point territory.

Yale assistant coach Lashay Banks was with the Bearcats last year as a graduate manager, helping them go 19-13 and earn a WNIT berth.

The Bearcats' home, Fifth Third Arena, just reopened after undergoing an $87 million renovation lasting 20 months.

Scouting Youngstown State

Youngstown State (4-0, 0-0 Horizon League), which plays at Kent State Tuesday, has held three of its first four opponents to fewer than 60 points. Penguin opponents are shooting just .326 from the field. Guard Alison Smolinski leads the team in points per game (15.0), one of four Penguins averaging double-digit points per game.

This game was initially scheduled for Saturday afternoon but was moved to Friday night at 7:00 p.m. last week.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity