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Bulldogs Travel to Princeton, Penn

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

Yale at Princeton Friday 6:00 p.m.

Yale at Penn Saturday 6:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A challenging road trip awaits the Yale women's basketball team this weekend, as the Bulldogs head to Princeton Friday (6:00 p.m., ESPN+/NBC Sports Philadelphia+) and Penn Saturday (6:00 p.m., ESPN+/NBC Sports Philadelphia+). Those two teams have won the last nine Ivy League titles (six for Princeton, three for Penn). The Bulldogs enter the weekend with some momentum, having won three in a row and eight of their last nine.

Weekend Sweep Propels Bulldogs into Second Place

Yale (13-6, 3-1 Ivy League) is coming off a memorable sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth at Lee Amphitheater this past weekend. The two league wins propelled the Bulldogs into second place in the standings.

Friday's game vs. Harvard came down to the final buzzer, as junior guard Roxy Barahman drained a three pointer from long distance for the 65-62 victory. She was mobbed by her teammates in an emotional celebration at midcourt. Barahman finished with 14 points, while senior forward Alexandra Maund (Dorchester, Mass.) had a game-high 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) chipped in 15 points.

On Saturday the Bulldogs left little room for suspense, jumping out to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter. Dartmouth got as close as five in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs built the lead back to nine heading into halftime thanks to another buzzer-beating three from Barahman. The Bulldogs got the lead to 14 by the end of the third thanks to another buzzer-beating three -- this one from junior guard Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla). The final was 64-49.

Emsbo Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Fifth Time

For the fifth time this season, first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) of the Yale women's basketball team has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The league announced the award on Monday.

Emsbo scored 15 points in each game as Yale swept Harvard and Dartmouth this past weekend. She had a team-best three blocks Saturday as Yale held Dartmouth to its second-lowest point total of the season (49). She had seven rebounds Friday and six Saturday.

Emsbo also earned the Rookie of the Week honor for the weeks of Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14. No other Ivy League player has earned the award more than three times.

  • 5 Camilla Emsbo, Yale
  • 3 Sienna Durr, Columbia
  • 1 Julia Cunningham, Princeton
  • 1 Lillian Kennedy, Columbia
  • 1 Mikayla Markham, Columbia
  • 1 Theresa Grace Mbanefo, Cornell

Emsbo is second in the league in rebounds per game (8.8) and blocks per game (1.9). She is second on the team in scoring (12.2 points per game). Defensively, the six-foot-five Emsbo has helped Yale hold its opponents to a .356 shooting percentage -- the second-best defense in the league.

Emsbo was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High, and 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. She is in Branford College at Yale.

Emsbo will face her identical twin sister, Kira, when Yale takes on Princeton Friday. The two played together at Lakewood High, and they were profiled in the Denver Post.

Barahman Buzzer-Beater Earns National Recognition

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) earned the No. 2 spot on SportsCenter's "Top 10 Plays" for her buzzer-beating game-winning three pointer vs. Harvard last Friday night at Lee Amphitheater. Barahman swished a shot from just past half-court after spinning her way around a pair of Crimson defenders, earning a 65-62 win vs. Yale's archrival and touching off a wild celebration on the Lee Amphitheater court.

Barahman is 32nd in the nation in points per game (19.3). She is among the Ivy League's top 10 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 19.3)
  • Steals per game (2nd, 2.1)
  • Field goal percentage (6th, .404)
  • Assists per game (7th, 3.7)
  • Rebounds per game (9th, 6.8)

Here are her highs for the season in select categories:

  • Points: 31 vs. Brown Jan. 26 (career high)
  • Rebounds: 14 vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 29 (career high)
  • Assists: 6 (three times) (career high is 9, Feb. 9, 2018 at Columbia)
  • Steals: 4 (three times) (career high is 5, Nov. 19, 2017 at Kansas)

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

Roxy Watch

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is closing in on the 1,000 career point mark. She would be the 22nd Bulldog to accomplish that feat. Here is a look at her progress:

  • Current: 877 career points
  • Needs: 123 points
  • Averaging: 19.3 points per game
  • Projected to get to 1,000, at current average: Friday, Mar. 1 at Cornell

Maund Earns Her Birthday Gift

Senior forward Alexandra Maund (Dorchester, Mass.) celebrated her birthday in style last Friday, scoring a career-high 17 points in Yale's 65-62 win vs. Harvard. She also had a team-best eight rebounds while playing 32 minutes off the bench.

Maund is a women's gender & sexuality studies major in Saybrook College at Yale. She is a graduate of Noble and Greenough School.

Across the Board Improvements by Gorman

Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is on pace to establish career highs in rebounding (8.1 per game), scoring (7.5 points per game), assists (1.9 assists per game) and blocks (0.6 per game). She is fourth in the Ivy League in rebounding.

Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale. She is a graduate of Vero Beach High School.

Bulldogs Among Nation's Best Defensively -- and on Boards

Yale is eighth nationally in defensive rebounds per game (30.0) and is holding its opponents to a .356 shooting percentage this season, 27th in the nation. That represents an improvement of 51 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Turnover Factor

Yale is 8-1 when committing 14 or fewer turnovers in a game and 5-5 when committing 15 or more turnovers in a game.

Ivy League Rankings

The latest NCAA RPI ratings provide a glimpse at how the Ivy League teams stack up:

  • 68 Harvard
  • 77 Princeton
  • 81 Penn
  • 89 Yale
  • 225 Dartmouth
  • 241 Brown
  • 248 Cornell
  • 264 Columbia

The top four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, which takes place at Lee Amphitheater Mar. 16 and 17.

Around the Ivy League

Ivy League play enters its second full back-to-back weekend. In addition to Yale and Brown visiting Penn and Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard visit Columbia and Cornell.

Penn, at 3-0 in Ivy play, has a half-game lead on second-place Yale and Harvard -- they are both 3-1 in the league. Princeton, at 2-1, is the only other team with just one league loss.

The top four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, which takes place at Lee Amphitheater Mar. 16 and 17.

Scouting Princeton

Princeton (10-8, 2-1 Ivy League) lost seven of its first eight games while playing a tough schedule without reigning Ivy League Player of the Year guard/forward Bella Alarie, who was out with an injury until the Dec. 8 game vs. Quinnipiac. The Tigers have won nine of 10 heading into this weekend, with the lone loss coming against Penn on Jan. 5. Alarie scored an Ivy League-record 45 points last Friday in the 79-64 win at Columbia. The Tigers feature some of the best three-point shooting in the league, connecting at a .329 clip (second only to Harvard, .336). They lead the league in turnover margin (+2.94). Carlie Littlefield is eighth in the league in scoring (13.6 points per game), while Alarie is averaging 22.6 points per game in the nine games she has played. Forward Kira Emsbo, identical twin of Yale first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, N.J.), is averaging 9.5 minutes and 2.4 rebounds per game. She is tied for second on the team with 15 blocks.

Scouting Penn

Penn (13-3, 3-0 Ivy League), which hosts Brown Friday, has won 9 of 10 heading into the weekend. The Quakers lead the nation in fewest fouls (306) and are third nationally in fewest turnovers (219). They are third nationally in scoring defense (51.4 points per game allowed) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.330). Center Eleah Parker is a big -- as in 6'4" -- reason for that, as she is second nationally in blocked shots per game at 3.63. She is also 16th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.0). She is the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

 

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