November 17, 2010

Yale Women's Basketball Suffers First Loss Of Season

Vasquez Tallies 17 Points, 10 Boards In The Losing Effort 

BOSTON, Mass. — The Yale University women's basketball team returned to the road on Wednesday, but this time the road was not as kind.

On the road for five of its first six games of the 2010-11 season, the Bulldogs are finding life on the road to be full of hurdles that are not easy overcome. If the first two games of this stretch are any indication, the return to the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater will certainly be welcome.

Friday's season opener gave the Bulldogs their first win of the season, a 74-71 decision over Holy Cross, but it did not come easy. The Crusaders fought hard to keep pace with the Bulldogs and only ran out of steam at the very end.

When Yale returned to the court on Wednesday, it was the opponent, Boston University, that set the pace, and Yale had a hard time keeping up right from the opening tip.

Mo Moran became just the third women's basketball player in Boston University's history to record a triple double, tallying 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Terriers to a 83-64 victory over Yale at Cage Gymnasium on the Boston University campus.

"It was the type of game that you are going to get sometimes and we didn't handle it very well," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "It was a tough environment. It was a tough gym. We couldn't hear ourselves. We weren't hitting our shots and we were playing a team with excellent guard play. We got off the bus and we were just a little out of it. That's going to happen sometimes."

In a series that dates to 1981, the Terriers improved to 10-2 against the Bulldogs, making up for the 61-57 defeat they suffered at Yale on Dec. 9, 2009.

The preseason choice to win the America East Conference by the league's nine coaches, Boston University has now won 34 of its last 44 games at Case Gym over the previous five seasons and 24 of the last 28 games at home against non-conference opponents.

After winning the season-opener, 74-71, over Holy Cross on the road, the Bulldogs (1-1) could not find the same luck in their second game of the season. Hoping to rebound from its season-opening 19-point loss to crosstown rival Boston College, the Terriers jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the early minutes and extended that lead to 13 points several times in the first half.

Yale put together a brief rally to cut the deficit to 31-25 with 1:45 left in the half, but the Terriers responded with a run of their own, scoring the final seven points of the half to take a 38-25 lead into the halftime break.

The Bulldogs struggled from the field, shooting 9-for-34 (26.5 percent) in the first half and 19-for-67 (28.4 percent) for the game. The Terriers, on the other hand, shot 48.6 percent for the game and made 17 more field goals than the Bulldogs. They also outscored the Bulldogs 52-22 in the paint.

"The other night against Holy Cross, the shots fell for us," Gobrecht said. "Tonight, they didn't fall and when that happens, you have to find other ways to win. Tonight, we did not do that. B.U. totally outworked us, outsmarted us, they just played a lot better than we did."

BU was even more dominant in the second half. By the 8:21 mark, the Terriers jumped out to their largest lead of the game, 74-46, on a basket by former Wilbur Cross High standout Chantell Alford, which put the game firmly out of reach.

"We didn't handle it very well and we didn't respond the way we needed to," Gobrecht said. "We didn't try to get the ball inside or try to get ourselves to the free-throw line or give a little extra hustle to get the second-chance points or create turnovers -- the things you need to do to grind out wins in games like this."

Alford scored nine of her 11 points in the first half. She also added four steals and two blocks in 26 minutes of action. Kerry Cashman led all scorers with 18 points and 10 boards. Alex Young added 17 points for the Terriers (1-1).

Sophomore Megan Vasquez scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Allie Messimer added 11 points, while Mady Gobrecht chipped in with 10.

Yale returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 20, when it opens the home portion of the 2010-11 schedule against All-American Elena Delle Donne and the University of Delaware in a non-conference contest at 7 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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