January 23, 2009

Melissa Colborne Reaches 1,000 Career Points, Bulldogs Shut Down Brown, 71-37

Jan. 23, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior forward Melissa Colborne scored a game-high 19 points, becoming the 16th 1,000-point scorer in program history, and the Yale women's basketball team put forth its best defense effort since Feb. 10, 1996, rolling past the Brown Bears by a score of 71-37. The Bulldogs improve to 8-8 and 1-1 in the Ivy League with the win, while Brown fell to 3-13 overall and 1-1 in Ancient Eight play.

Colborne finished the day with 1,007 career points, slotting her at 14th all-time in Yale history. She is the seventh Bulldog to reach 1,000 career points in just three seasons.

"Melissa reaching 1,000 points is a terrific milestone," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale. "She played a great game; it was fitting that she hit 1,000 points in a performance like that."

Joining Colborne in double figures were juniors Ashley Carter and Haywood Wright, who added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Carter's baker's dozen marked a new career high. Wright completed her second double-double of the season with a game-high 12 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.

The Bulldogs played their best defense of the season in the first half, surrendering just 16 points to the Bears. Brown scored the first four point of the contest and led at 9-7 with 14:42 remaining in the half, but Yale responded with a 9-1 run to claim a 16-10 edge. The Bulldogs would maintain their intensity, finishing out the half on a 13-2 run over the final 7:27 to enter the intermission holding a 15-point advantage, 31-16.

Colborne was the only player in double figures with 11 first-half points, putting her at 999 for her career. Wright had the half high with seven rebounds over the first 20 minutes of action. Sadiea Williams led Brown with seven points.

Carter sparked Yale to open the second half, tallying seven points in the first 3:14 of the frame as the Bulldogs build up a 20-point cushion at 40-20. At the 12:56 mark, with the score sitting at 44-25 in favor of the Bulldogs, Colborne drove to the hoop and released a short jumper that found the bottom of the net, given her 13 points for the game and 1,000 for her Yale career. The Bulldogs continued to roll, leading by as many as 36, as they put the Bears away by a final score of 71-37. Yale last allowed so few points on Feb. 10, 1996, defeating Columbia by a score of 54-33.

Wright scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, while Carter netted nine points and hauled in six rebounds after the intermission. Sadiea Williams led Brown with five second-half points to bring her team-high total to 12. Williams was the only Bear to reach double figures.

"Defense was our focus in practice this week, and it showed," said Gobrecht. "This is the type of game that we are capable of playing."

Brown shot just 11-for-51 (21.6%) from the floor, 1-for-6 (16.7%) from beyond the arc and 14-for-22 (63.6%) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs forced 28 turnovers and outrebounded the home team by a 47-32 margin. Offensively, Yale shot 25-for-60 (41.7%) from the field, 3-for-11 (27.3%) from downtown and 18-for-22 (81.8%) from the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday, Jan. 30, when they host Columbia in an Ivy League tilt. Tip-off from the John J. Lee Amphitheater is scheduled for 7 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity