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Home at Last, Bulldogs Host Saint Peter’s Tuesday

Tori Andrew. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Andrew. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale vs. Saint Peter's Tuesday 6:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a four-week-long stretch of road games -- a total of seven contests -- coming to an end, the Yale women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater Tuesday night. The Bulldogs, who have won two of their last three games, host Saint Peter's at 6:00 p.m. (ESPN+).

Bulldogs Fall at Providence

Yale (4-4, 0-0 Ivy League) wrapped up a stretch of seven straight road games last Thursday, falling 59-42 at Providence. The Bulldogs trailed by only two heading into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 18-3 in the final frame. Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) led Yale in scoring with 15 points, while sophomore guard Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) added 10. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds.

Getting Defensive

Yale is holding its opponents to a .367 shooting percentage this season. That represents an improvement of 40 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Block Party

Yale leads the Ivy League in blocked shots per game (4.63, 45th in the nation). The Bulldogs have blocked at least two shots in every game and had a high of seven blocked shots in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate and the 74-41 win at Wagner Nov. 27. That is tied for the most blocks in a game by any Ivy League team this season (Princeton blocked seven vs. Davidson Dec. 2).

Our Ball

Yale is second in the Ivy League in fewest turnovers, averaging only 14.8 per game. The team's 11 turnovers in the 67-64 win vs. Niagara Nov. 16 marked a season best.

Barahman Among Top 25 in Scoring

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) leads the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game. That average places her 24th in the nation. She is third in the league in steals per game (2.1) and is fifth in assists per game (3.6).

Barahman was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 5. She set a career high in points with 29 in the Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. Her shooting percentage this season, .408, is 10 percent better than her shooting percentage last season.

Barahman is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Davenport College at Yale. She is a graduate of Oaks Christian.

Gorman a Rebounding Force

Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is second in the Ivy League in rebounds (8.8 per game). She had a season-high 12 rebounds in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate. She has had nine or more rebounds in six of Yale's first eight games.

Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale. She is a graduate of Vero Beach High. The Bulldogs will play in her home state of Florida at the end of December, participating in FAU's Holiday Classic Dec. 28 and 29. That tournament is in Boca Raton, roughly 100 miles from her hometown of Vero Beach.

Emsbo Among Leaders Already

Six-foot-five forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.), a first year, has emerged as an impact player already. She leads the Ivy League in blocks (2.1 per game, 37th in the nation) and is second on the team in scoring (11.1 points per game). She is third in the league in rebounding (8.5 per game) and has had nine or more rebounds in a game five times this season.

Emsbo was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the week of Nov. 5 after scoring a season-high 21 points in Yale's Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. She had a season-high 13 rebounds in that game. Her four blocks in that game are tied for her season high, as she also accomplished that feat in the 58-56 win at Youngstown State Nov. 23.

Emsbo, a member of Branford College, 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.

Road Warriors

Yale just completed a stretch of seven straight road games that saw the Bulldogs travel 7,130 miles by bus and plane in a span of 23 days. The Bulldogs made stops in nine states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas -- as part of their travels. At one point they stopped at eight different airports in a 10 day span.

Here is a summary of the Bulldogs' travels:

  • Wednesday Nov. 7: 870 miles from New Haven, Conn., to DeKalb, Ill., via Hartford, Conn.
  • Friday Nov. 9: 870 miles from DeKalb, Ill., to New Haven, Conn., via Hartford, Conn.
  • Thursday Nov. 15: 1,890 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Nacogdoches, Texas via Hartford, Conn.; Chicago, Ill.; and Houston, Texas
  • Sunday Nov. 18: 1,680 miles from Nacogdoches, Texas, to New Haven, Conn., via Dallas, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Hartford, Conn.
  • Tuesday Nov. 20: 650 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Cincinnati, Ohio, via Newark, N.J.
  • Thursday Nov. 22: 320 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Youngstown, Ohio, via Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Saturday Nov. 24: 470 miles from Youngstown, Ohio, to New Haven, Conn., via Pittsburgh, Pa., and Newark, N.J.
  • Tuesday Nov. 27: 180 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Staten Island, N.Y., and back
  • Thursday Nov. 29: 200 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Providence, R.I., and back

The Bulldogs will play just one home game between Nov. 7 and Dec. 19. 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.

Youth is Served

With just two seniors on the roster this season, Yale has been relying heavily on the other three classes for production -- they account for 94 percent of the team's minutes played and 97 percent of the team's points.

Three sophomores (guards Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) and Ellen Margaret Andrews (Dallas, Texas) and forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio)) and two first years (forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) and guard Robin Gallagher (Cary, N.C.)) have started at least one game each so far. Andrew and Emsbo have started every game.

We Love the 80s

Yale's offense has reached the 80 point mark in a game twice this season, beating Colgate 80-61 in the season opener and falling to Northern Illinois 89-80 in the next game. The Bulldogs and Brown are the only Ivy League teams to have scored 80 or more points in a game more than once this season.

Scouting Saint Peter's

Saint Peter's (4-3, 0-0 MAAC) has enjoyed some early success under first-year head coach Marc Mitchell, who spent the previous nine seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham. The Peacocks have an impact freshman in guard Briyanah Richardson, who leads the team in scoring (15.4 points per game), assists (31) and steals (18). She is shooting .478 from three-point territory.

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