Bulldogs Head Down to St. John’s, Up to Vermont

Camilla Emsbo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Camilla Emsbo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale at St. John's Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Yale at Vermont Saturday 2:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a brief return to Lee Amphitheater -- a 74-56 win vs. Saint Peter's Tuesday night after playing seven straight road games -- the Yale women's basketball team is back on the road, playing two games in three days. The Bulldogs visit St. John's Thursday (7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and Vermont Saturday (2:00 p.m., ESPN+)

Return Home Proves Fruitful

Yale (5-4, 0-0 Ivy League) made the most of its return to Lee Amphitheater Tuesday night, topping Saint Peter's 72-56. The Bulldogs scored the game's first 18 points, and led by as many as 28. Yale shot 57% from the field and enjoyed a 44-24 rebounding edge. Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) and first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) led the team with 15 points each, while Emsbo had a team-best 10 rebounds and Barahman had a team-best five assists.

That was Yale's first home game in four weeks. The Bulldogs are now 2-0 at Lee Amphitheater.

Maund Comes Back Strong

After being sidelined for two games, senior forward Alexandra Maund (Dorchester, Mass.) came back strong Tuesday night vs. Saint Peter's. She had a season-high 11 points, hitting all five of her shots from the field. She also had three rebounds and a season-high three assists.

Maund is a women's gender & sexuality studies major in Saybrook College.

Chavarin and Nesbitt Make Season Debuts

Tuesday night's win vs. Saint Peter's saw two Bulldogs make their season debuts. Junior guard/forward Aerial Chavarin (Oakland, Calif.), whose return to the basketball court was delayed by an injury suffered during soccer season, played her first minutes of the season and got one rebound. Last season Chavarin appeared in five games, scoring 10 points in 10 minutes. First-year guard Roxanne Nesbitt (Chicago, Ill.) made her Yale debut Tuesday, and she also got one rebound.

Getting Defensive

Yale, which has implemented the "Pack Line" defense, is holding its opponents to a .360 shooting percentage this season. That represents an improvement of 47 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Block Party

Yale leads the Ivy League in blocked shots per game (4.67, 43rd 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).

Barahman Scores, Steals and Passes

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) leads the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game. She is third in the league in steals per game (2.1) and is fifth in assists per game (3.8). She has had five or more assists in three of the last four games. Her shooting percentage this season, .417, is 12 percent better than her shooting percentage last season.

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.

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

Pair of Bulldogs Among Ivy Rebound Leaders

Yale has two of the top three rebounders in the Ivy League, as first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) is second (8.7 per game) and junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is third (8.3 per game).

Emsbo had a season-high 13 rebounds in Yale's Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. Gorman had a season-high 12 rebounds in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate. Each player has had nine or more rebounds in six of Yale's first nine games.

Emsbo is tied for second in the Ivy League in blocks per game (1.9) and is second on the team in scoring (11.6 points per game). She 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. 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.

A member of Branford College, Emsbo 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.

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.

On The Road Again

Yale is now starting a stretch of three straight road games, but that pales in comparison to the road stretch the Bulldogs just completed. From Nov. 7 through Dec. 3 the Bulldogs did not play at home, playing seven straight road games and travelling 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.

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 Movement

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.

Scouting St. John's

St. John's (5-2, 0-0 Big East) is 109-33 at Carnesecca Arena since the start of the 2009-10 season. That includes an 82-44 win vs. Delaware State in the Red Storm's only home game so far this season. Coach Joe Tartamella's squad is coming off a 64-59 loss at Wake Forest. Guard Qadasah Hoppie, the 2018 Big East Freshman of the Year, leads the team in scoring (12.3 points per game).

Scouting Vermont

Vermont (4-4, 0-0 America East) has already played one Ivy League team this season, falling to Dartmouth 66-42 Nov. 11. The Catamounts are coming off a 71-63 win at NJIT last Sunday in which forward Hanna Crymble scored 26 points. She leads the team in scoring (17.9 points per game) and is second in rebounding (6.0 rebounds per game).

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