April 22, 2009

Ashley Carter Elected Captain for 2009-10 Season

April 22, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior Ashley Carter has been voted by her teammates as captain of the Yale women's basketball team for the upcoming 2009-10 season. The voting took place at the team's year-end banquet, held last week at the Golf Course at Yale. Carter has played in 82 games for the Bulldogs over the last three seasons and averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest in the 2008-09 campaign.

"I am honored and proud to be elected as our team captain for this upcoming season", said Carter. "I have had great examples of captains throughout my first three years at Yale, and I look forward to following in their footsteps to help our team improve."

"Ashley is a tough, emotional player who demands the best from herself and those around her every day," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "Her work ethic and determination make her a great leader. I'm very happy that the team recognized those qualities and chose to elect her as captain."

Senior Jamie Van Horne, the outgoing Yale captain, echoed her coach's sentiments. "This team has so much potential next year with a healthy line-up and talented incoming freshman class," said Van Horne. "I am so excited to see what they can accomplish under Ashley's leadership. She is a terrific leader and a hard worker, and I know she will do a great job as captain."

Four players were also honored at the banquet with individual awards. Junior Melissa Colborne took home Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive season. The Calgary, Alta. native was the Bulldogs' leading scorer, as well as the second most prolific scorer in the Ivy League, for the second straight season with 15.6 points per game. Colborne eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career this season, making her the seventh Yale player to do so in just three years. She finished her junior campaign at ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,171 points, and also broke Yale records in 2008-09 for free throws made in a game (14), season (156) and career (413). Colborne earned second team All-Ivy honors for her outstanding season.

Senior Ashley Easley was the recipient of the Leadership Award, as voted on by her teammates. Easley had an injury-plagued senior season, but remained an integral part of the Bulldogs' on-court success and off-court chemistry. Coming off of the bench in all 27 games in 2007-08, she averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds to help guide the Bulldogs to their best Ivy League finish in seven seasons.

Junior Haywood Wright was recognized as Yale's Most Improved Player. Though her 2008-09 season cut short after 21 games due to injury, Wright was Yale's second leading scorer with 9.5 points per game at the time of her injury, as well as the Bulldogs' leading rebounder with 7.5 per game and the Ivy League's most prolific shot blocker with 1.6 rejections per contest. Despite missing the team's final seven games, Wright's 34 blocked shots in 2008-09 tie her for sixth on Yale's all-time single season list, and her 87 career swats are the third most all-time in program history.

Van Horne claimed the Karen Yarasavage Award for "grit, determination and leadership". Yarasavage, a 1987 Yale graduate and a first team All-Ivy honoree as a senior, was known as a player who "left it all on the floor". Van Horne averaged 8.3 points per game in 2008-09 and knocked down 62 three-pointers, tying her with Maria Smear '03 for the Yale single-season record. Her 216 career treys shattered the former Yale record of 165 and make her the fifth most prolific three-point shooter in Ivy League history. Van Horne also received the Karen Yarasavage Award as a sophomore in 2006-07.

The 2008-09 Bulldogs finished with an 11-17 record, a two-win improvement from one season ago, and notched a landmark win over North Carolina State on Nov. 22 at the Subway Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota. In the 2009-10 campaign, Yale will welcome back six players who made at least one start in 2008-09, plus sophomore Lindsey Williams, a unanimous selection to the Ivy League All-Rookie team in 2007-08 who missed the entirety of this past season due to injury.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity