November 29, 2008

Bulldog Defense Stifles New Hampshire, 76-55

Nov. 29, 2008

Box Score

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - After allowing 87 points in each of their last two games, the Yale women's basketball team stepped up on the defensive end of the floor against New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Bulldogs forced 26 turnovers and surrendered a season-low 55 points to the Wildcats en route to running away with a 76-55 victory. Offensively, sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield led all scorers and set a new career high with 19 points.

With the win, Yale evened its record at 3-3 on the season. New Hampshire fell to 0-5 after a pair of losses this weekend.

Three other Bulldogs joined Greenfield in double-figures on the day. Junior forward Melissa Colborne, the leading scorer in the Ivy League thus far in 2008, netted 15 points. Junior guard Ashley Carter scored a career-best 12 points, and sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht notched the first Yale double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Haywood Wright matched her career high with a game-best 13 boards. Greenfield knocked down four three-pointers on the day, and senior guard Jamie Van Horne, who became the all-time leader in three-point field goals yesterday against Kentucky, added three more triples to her total. Greenfield also led all players in assists with four.

The Bulldogs established a lead early on the first half- a lead that expanded to 10 points at 22-12 with 8:45 left in the opening stanza. The first half lead grew as large as 12 points, but the Wildcats used a run to trim the deficit to just two points at 26-24 with 2:44 remaining. A late Bulldogs' spurt, fueled by four points by Gobrecht, pushed the lead to nine, however, as Yale entered the intermission leading by a score of 35-26. The 26 points allowed by Yale was its lowest one-half total of the season.

Greenfield was the top scorer in the half with 11 points. Wright paced the Bulldogs' rebounding effort with seven first half boards. Yale outrebounded New Hampshire 27-25 in the frame and won the turnover battle 13-11. Forward Candace Williams was the all-around leader for the Wildcats with 10 points and five rebounds.

Yale started the second half on fire, as a 13-0 run to begin the frame extended the lead to 22 points at 48-26 with 14:30 left on the clock. The New Hampshire offense began to find the basket at this point, but the Bulldogs kept pace with the Wildcats to keep the lead between 14 and 23 points for the remainder of the contest. When the final horn sounded, Yale walked away with its first ever victory over New Hampshire (1-9 all-time), 76-55.

Yale won the fight under the boards 52-45 and forced 26 turnovers to win that battle by two. The Bulldogs shot 22-for-61 (36.1%) from the field, compared to a 22-for-69 (31.9%). Each team attempted 14 three-point field goals, but the Wildcats sank just one (7.1%) compared to seven makes from downtown (50%) for Yale.

Williams led New Hampshire in scoring with 16 points. Amy Simpson added 13 points for the Wildcats, and Kate Early hauled in a team-best 10 rebounds.

After averaging 19.5 points per game for the weekend, Colborne was named to the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic All-Tournament Team. The junior forward was selected to the Subway Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend, and is also the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week.

After a week-long hiatus, Yale will be back in action with two more games in New York on Dec. 8 and 10. The Bulldogs will first travel to Stony Brook for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Seawolves, then wrap up a four-game Empire State swing with 7 p.m. match-up at Army.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity