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Home Cooking: Bulldogs Top Saint Peter’s 72-46 in Return to Lee

Erin Hill. (photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)
Erin Hill. (photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After four weeks away from the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater, it did not take long for the Yale women's basketball team to get re-acclimated to the home court on Tuesday night against Saint Peter's. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 62% from the field in the first quarter, jumping out to a 20-5 lead, and never looked back. By the time the night was through they had led by as many as 28 points, finishing with a 72-56 win. Junior guard Roxy Barahman and first-year forward Camilla Emsbo tied for the team lead with 15 points, while Emsbo added a team-best 10 rebounds. Barahman's five assists paced Yale to a season-high (18) in that category.

"It was nice being back on the home court," said Barahman, who shot 55% (6-for-11). "Working together in the first half was key for us."

Yale (5-4, 0-0 Ivy League) scored the first 18 points of the game, including three straight three-pointers by sophomore guard Tori Andrew.

Barahman and senior forward Alexandra Maund each had six points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 19, 40-21, heading into halftime.

Emsbo started the third quarter off with a three-pointer -- her second of the game, after going 0-for-7 in the previous eight games -- and eventually built Yale's lead to 28 with a layup at the 5:32 mark.

With the margin that big, the Bulldogs had the luxury of giving many of their regulars a break as the game wore on. Barahman, for example, played just 28 minutes -- five fewer than she had in any other game this season. The Yale depth was on full display as the bench contributed 21 points, led by 11 from Maund.

"We still believe there's another gear for us," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We think we have a lot of talent on this team."

Every healthy Bulldog made it in, and some of the loudest moments of the game came in the waning moments as two players made their season debuts -- junior guard/forward Aerial Chavarin and first-year guard Roxanne Nesbitt. Each contributed a rebound, part of a night in which the Bulldogs enjoyed a 44-24 advantage on the boards. Sophomore forward Alex Cade, making her third career start, had nine boards.

"Their celebration of each other's success is very important to them," said Guth of the reaction from the bench to each positive Bulldog play.

Saint Peter's drops to 4-4 (0-0 MAAC) with the loss.

Yale is 2-0 at home, having won the opener vs. Colgate 80-61 four weeks ago. The Bulldogs now head back out on the road, playing at St. John's Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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