Cashen, Vasquez Earn All-Ivy Honors

Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On the heels of its best Ivy League finish in 12 seasons at 8-6, the Yale women’s basketball team has landed two players on the 2009-10 All-Ivy team. Sophomore Michelle Cashen earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team, while freshman Megan Vasquez was a unanimous choice for the All-Ivy Rookie Team. In addition to their 8-6 league mark, the Bulldogs’ 13-15 overall record was their best since the 2001-02 campaign.

“I’m very proud of both Michelle and Megan,” said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Basketball. “Our style of play isn’t really geared toward individual honors- we play our best when everybody is contributing- but Michelle and Megan are both very deserving of All-Ivy recognition.”

The Bulldogs were the only team in the Ivy League to boast five players who scored 8.5 points per game or better and 10 players who averaged at least 10 minutes of action per contest.

Cashen, who was selected to the All-Ivy Rookie Team in her freshman campaign, averaged 8.5 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game in 2009-10. She appeared in 26 contests, making 25 starts, and ranked among the Ivy League leaders in free throw percentage (fourth, .797), rebounds (sixth) and field goal percentage (seventh, .446). A member of Calhoun College, Cashen registered four double-doubles this season, including an 18-point, 11-rebound effort at Colorado on Jan. 4.

Vasquez is a unanimous All-Ivy Rookie Team honoree after scoring a team-best 11.5 points per game in 2009-10. She ranked 10th in the Ivy League overall and third among freshman in points per game and was the first freshman to lead the Bulldogs in scoring since Erica Davis ’07 averaged a team-high 11.6 points per contest in the 2003-04 season. A three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Vasquez was also the Ancient Eight’s top freshman at the charity stripe with a .778 free throw percentage. Yale’s leader with 27.0 minutes played per game, Vasquez started 14 contests while playing in all 28 for the Bulldogs. She scored a season-high 19 points in three contests, including the double-overtime win at Dartmouth in which she played 41 minutes.

Columbia’s Judie Lomax, who led the Ivy League in both scoring and rebounding, was the Player of the Year and the league’s only unanimous All-Ivy First Team selection. Unanimous Rookie of the Year Niveen Rasheed and Lauren Edwards from Princeton, Brittney Smith from Dartmouth and Harvard’s Emma Markley rounded out the First Team. Sara Yee from Columbia was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale  Sports Publicity