Bulldogs Fall to Toledo, 78-61

Alicia Seelaus. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alicia Seelaus. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Yale women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures on Friday night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament, but the Bulldogs had no answer for the red-hot shooting of Toledo, as they fell to the Rockets by a score of 78-61. Toledo shot 61.2% (30-for-49) from the floor and 60% (6-for-10) from three-point range in victory.

With the loss, Yale falls to 2-2 on the season, while the Rockets improve to 4-2.

Senior Melissa Colborne and junior Yoyo Greenfield led the Bulldogs offensively with 13 points apiece. Sophomore Michelle Cashen netted 11 points, and freshman Megan Vasquez fell just shy of double figures with nine points. As a team, Yale shot 34.5% (19-for-55) from the field and 17.6% (3-for-17) from beyond the three-point arc.

Yale outrebounded the Rockets, 37-32, led by a career-best eight boards from freshman Allie Messimier The Bulldogs defensive effort was fronted by five steals by Cashen and two blocks from senior captain Ashley Carter. The Yale defense forced 30 Rockets’ turnovers, but the Bulldogs’ offense committed 31 of its own miscues.

Toledo was led by a game-high 14 points off the bench from Courtney Ingersoll and 12 points by Tanika Mays. Jessica Williams and Clare Aubry both netted 11 points off the bench, as the Rockets’ reserves netted 46 of the team’s 78 points.

After a back-and-forth affair over the opening minutes led to a 12-11 Rockets’ advantage, Toledo made the first run of the contest with a 13-1 spurt to grab a commanding 25-12 lead with 6:30 remaining in the first half. Yale would responded with an 11-0 run shortly before halftime, led by five points from Greenfield, to reclaim a lead at 29-28, but the Rockets controlled the final two minutes of the half to enter the intermission with a four-point edge, 35-31.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to two points early in the second half, but Toledo responded with a 7-0 run to claim a more comfortable 43-34 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the contest. Yale continued to hang tough with the Rockets, but could not piece together a run, as Toledo kept its lead between seven and 12 points for much of the second half. The Rockets would knock down three three-pointers in the final four minutes to put the game away, closing out a 78-61 win.

The Bulldogs return to the court tomorrow at 7 p.m. (EST) to close out the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament in the consolation game. Yale will challenge the loser of the contest between North Carolina A&T and the host New Mexico Lobos currently in progress.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity