Feb. 14, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In a game featuring the two leading scorers in the Ivy League, the Yale women's basketball team and the Penn Quakers surprisingly found themselves in a defensive struggle on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Though the two prolific scorers, Yale's Melissa Colborne and Penn's Carrie Biemer, led their teams with 16 and 17 points respectively, both squads could must little else on the offensive end as the Quakers walked away with a 62-46 victory.
With the loss, Yale falls to 10-12 overall and 3-5 in Ivy League play. The Quakers improved to 6-15 on the season and 3-4 in the Ancient Eight with the win.
"We took a tough loss due to injury this weekend [junior Haywood Wright]", said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale. "Penn is a tough, physical team, and losing our leading rebounder really hurt us."
Freshman Michelle Cashen came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs' rebounding effort with nine boards, but, as a team, Penn outrebounded Yale, 39-27. Wright was injured during the Bulldogs' win at Princeton last night. Details of her injury are unknown as of this time.
Joining Colborne in double figures for Yale with senior captain Jamie Van Horne, who knocked down five three-pointers en route to tallying 15 points. Biemer led all scorers with 17 points.
The Quakers netted the first two points of the contest, but Yale responded with the next six tallies, two from sophomore Mady Gobrecht and four from Colborne. Penn responded with a six-point run of its own, but a three-pointer from Van Horne gave the lead right back to the Bulldogs at 9-8 with 11:46 remaining in the half. After more than three minutes of scoreless basketball, Van Horne knocked down another triple to expand the lead to four points. Penn's Kelly Scott responded with a three-pointer of her own that cut the lead back to a single point as the clock ticked under the eight minute mark. After the stoppage, Biemer found her stroke, netting the next five points to give the home team a 16-12 advantage. The lead what short-lived, however, as a Yoyo Greenfield free throw and a Colborne three-pointer brought the score to its fourth deadlock at 16-16. Penn added three free throws to Yale's two in the last 5:05, and the Bulldogs headed to the locker room trailing by a score of 19-18.
Colborne, Biemer and Scott shared the half high in scoring with seven points apiece. Cashen hauled in a team-best six rebounds for Yale, while Penn's Erin Power led all players with seven first-half boards. The Quakers outrebounded Yale, 21-16, while the Bulldogs edged the home team in the turnover battle, 13-12.
Biemer notched seven quick points to open the second frame, and Scott and Sarah Bucar each added field goals for Penn, but Van Horne kept the Bulldogs close with a trio of three-pointers that ran the score to 30-27 in favor of the Quakers. The Bulldogs quickly erased the three-point deficit, as a Colborne trey gave Yale the lead at 34-32, its first since the 7:41 mark in the first half. A three-point play from Caitlin Slover gave the lead back to the Quakers, but Colborne responded with another triple that gave the edge back to Yale, 37-35, with 11:37 remaining in the contest. That three-pointer, however, was the last field goal Yale would net over the next 10:08, as Penn went on a 20-6 run to grab a 55-43 lead at the 1:29 mark. The Quakers continued to find the basket down the stretch, as they closed out the contest with a 62-46 victory.
Penn outscored the Bulldogs 43-28 after the intermission, led by 10 from Biemer. Colborne and Van Horne each netted nine points, courtesy of three three-pointers apiece, to lead Yale. Power finished up with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Quakers won the battle under the boards, 39-27, and each team committed 21 turnovers.
The Bulldogs complete their four-game road swing next weekend, as they head to the Empire State for Ivy League contests with Cornell and Columbia. Tip-offs in Ithaca on Friday and in New York City on Saturday are both scheduled for 7 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity