WORCESTER, Mass. – After consecutive wins over Vermont and Illinois State, Yale (3-2) travels to Holy Cross (1-4) seeking its third straight win.
Yale leads the all-time series between these two programs 9-7, including a 69-59 win in their most recent meeting, last season on November 25, 2015 in New Haven. However, Holy Cross has a 5-2 all-time series lead at home. A Yale win would bring the Bulldogs' road record to .500 (2-2) for the first time this season.
The Crusaders have had a tough start to the season, coming out on the wrong end of some very close games. Four of their five games this season have been decided by fewer than five points, but they sit at 1-4. Their most recent game was a 53-49 loss at Dartmouth, making the Bulldogs their second straight Ivy League opponent.
Senior Lena Munzer leads Yale with 13.2 points per game this season and ranks 4th on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. Junior Jen Berkowitz leads the team in rebounding with 7.6 per game, and she is 2nd behind Munzer with 12.0 points per game.
Junior Tamara Simpson had her best performance of the season against Illinois State, showing flashes of her ability to take over a game, which she often did last season. Simpson ranks 3rd on the team in scoring (10.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.2 rebounds per game).
Junior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed has been the star player for Holy Cross this season. She leads the team with 16.2 points per game and ranks second with 7.6 rebounds per game. Lauren Manis has played a major role in her freshman season, leading the team with 9.4 rebounds per game and ranking second behind Thomas-Waheed with 10.2 points per game. Manis already has 3 double-doubles through 5 career games. Yale will look to keep both players in check in order to have success against the Crusaders.
Holy Cross finished last season 5th in the Patriot League at 13-17 overall (10-8 Patriot League). In this year's Patriot League preseason poll, the Crusaders were picked to improve by one spot and finish 4th.
Next up for Yale is a trip to Wagner, Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity