PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A five-game winning streak for the Yale women's basketball team came to an end at the hands of a hot-shooting Brown team Friday morning at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears shot 52 percent from the field -- 60 percent in the first half -- en route to beating the Bulldogs 86-71 in the Ivy League opener. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo led Yale with a career-high 26 points, adding a team-best 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Brown (9-8, 1-0 Ivy League) set the tone early, hitting six of its first eight shots to jump out to a 14-6 lead. That quickly got a large Education Day crowd of 1,141 into the game. With three 1,000 point scorers in junior guard Justine Gaziano, senior guard Shayna Mehta and senior forward Erika Steeves, the Bears had plenty of options on offense. Mehta would lead the way with 37 points, while Gaziano added 19 and Steeves 11.
After Yale got within 10 on an Emsbo free throw with 4:30 left in the first half, Brown went on a 9-4 run to close out the second quarter. The Bears, who led by as many as 17 points in the quarter, headed into the second half with a 43-28 lead. The Bulldogs hurt themselves with 11 turnovers for the half, and would end up with 20 for the game.
Yale could not make up any ground in the third quarter despite scoring 25 points. After a steal and layup by junior guard Roxy Barahman the Bulldogs were within 10, 59-49, with 2:07 left. But the Bears built the lead back up to 15 heading into the fourth.
Yale (10-6, 0-1 Ivy League) got within nine on a layup by senior forward Alexandra Maund with 6:44 to play in the fourth, but Brown answered with eight straight points to pull away again.
These same two teams meet again at Lee Amphitheater on Saturday Jan. 26.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity