February 20, 2009

Colborne Nets 27 Points; Bulldogs Fall to Big Red, 80-62

Feb. 20, 2009

Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior forward Melissa Colborne scored a season-high 27 points, matching her career best, but the Yale women's basketball team could not overcome a 61.2% shooting day from Cornell on Friday night at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y., and fell to the host Big Red by a final score of 80-62.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 10-13 overall and 3-6 in Ivy League play. Cornell improves to 8-13 overall and 4-5 in the Ancient Eight.

"Cornell shot the ball very well", said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale, "but it's our own fault for giving them that many open looks".

Colborne's 27 points came of an 11-for-18 shooting day from the field and a 4-for-6 performance at the foul line. She also knocked down her only three-point attempt. Colborne now sits at 11th on Yale's all-time scoring list with 1,104 points, just three points shy of the top 10. Senior captain Jamie Van Horne also reached double figures for Yale with 11 points, including three three-pointers to raise her Yale record career total to 209.

While it took nearly nine minutes for the Bulldogs to net two field goals in their last meeting with Big Red, Yale came out shooting on the return trip, jumping out to an 11-5 lead over the first four minutes of action. Colborne netted seven points and junior Ashley Carter added four to provide the early offense for the Bulldogs, while the defense forced four turnovers in that stretch. Cornell battled back to tie the score at 16-16 and, in total, put together a 19-5 run over a span of 7:46 to grab a 33-21 advantage. The Bulldogs eventually regained their offensive stroke, but Big Red stayed hot en route to entering the intermission leading, 50-30.

Colborne and Cornell's Allison Abt split the half high with 12 points apiece. Allie Fedorowicz also reached double figures for Big Red with 11 first-half points. Mady Gobrecht led Yale in rebounds with four before halftime, while Yoyo Greenfield led the way in assists with three. Cornell shot a blistering 20-for-26 (76.9%) from the floor in the half, including 5-for-7 (71.4%) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs shot 11-for-27 (40.7%) from the field and made one of their four attempts from downtown. Big Red outrebounded Yale, 16-9, while the Bulldogs won the turnover battle by a 9-8 margin.

The Bulldogs played a very competitive second half, outscoring Big Red in the frame, 32-30, but Cornell's hot shooting continued en route to wrapping up the 80-62 victory. Yale turned in solid offensive numbers for the game, shooting 44.2% from the field (23-for-52) and 40% (4-for-10) from three-point range, but Cornell's scorching 61.2% (30-for-49) day, including an 11-for-18 (61.1%) performance from beyond the arc, solidified the win.

Abt and Virginia McMunigal each posted 20 points to lead Big Red. Fedorowicz was held scorless after halftime, finishing with 11 points.

The Bulldogs wrap-up their four-game road swing tomorrow night, as they head to Columbia for a 7 p.m. contest in New York City. The Lions hosted and defeated Brown tonight to improve to 5-4 in Ivy League play.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity