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Sarju, Halejian score 16 in Yale’s Loss at DePaul

Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Halejian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Six Bulldogs Score at Least Nine Points in Strong Effort


CHICAGO — The Yale University women's basketball team gave DePaul all it could handle, but the Blue Demons had a powerful trio that shut down the Bulldogs' upset bid.

Anna Martin and Jasmine Penny each scored 22 points, while Katherine Harry recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead DePaul to a 95-80 win over Yale inside McGrath-Phillips Arena on DePaul's campus Monday night.

The loss drops Yale to 1-3, while DePaul improves its record to 3-1.

Sophomore guard Sarah Halejian had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four assists, while freshman guard Nyasha Sarju also had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four rebounds to lead the Bulldogs in the first of two games in the Windy City.

Yale returns to action on Wednesday at Northwestern.

Six Yale players scored at least nine points in the loss. Senior captain Allie Messimer scored a season-high 13 points, one shy of her career best set during her sophomore season against Delaware on Nov. 20, 2010.

Freshman forward Meredith Boardman, whose hometown of Oak Park, Ill., is just north of Chicago, recorded nine points and five rebounds. Senior guard Megan Vasquez tallied nine points and six rebounds, while junior guard Janna Graf added nine points and three assists.

Five DePaul players scored in double figures, including Chanise Jenkins, who had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Yale outrebounded DePaul 44-42, but the Bulldogs committed 25 turnovers, including 15 in the opening half, which resulted in 37 DePaul points.

DePaul jumped out to a 19-12 lead at the 12:10 mark, but Yale rallied with a 17-7 run to take a 29-26 lead. The Bulldogs were ahead 32-30 when DePaul responded and closed the first half with a 13-2 run to go into the locker room with a 43-34 halftime lead.

Halejian had 10 of her points in the opening half to help the Bulldogs stay within striking distance. But it was Harry who kept DePaul on top. She scored 15 of her 18 points in the first half.

Yale opened the second half with an 18-6 run to make it a one-possession game at 52-49, but DePaul responded with a 13-2 run that effectively put the game out of reach. Yale couldn't get any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Penny did the most damage to the Bulldogs' chances in the second half, scoring 20 of her 22 points in the final 20 minutes to help DePaul maintain its cushion.

Sarju led the Bulldogs in the second half, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the period. Boardman scored all nine of her points in the second half.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity