Bulldogs Struggle in First Half, Fall To Princeton
Five Scorers Reach Double Figures to Power Tigers' Victory
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale University women's basketball team had hopes of staking its claim to first place in the Ivy League standings in its game at Princeton on Friday night, but Princeton erased those hopes before the game reached the halftime buzzer.
Princeton had five scorers in double figures in a 73-57 win over Yale in Ivy League play at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Yale falls to 10-13, 6-3 in the Ivy League, which drops the Bulldogs to third place in the League standings, behind first-place Princeton (18-4, 7-1) and Harvard (14-8, 6-2), which downed visiting Cornell 73-68 Friday night to climb past Yale in the standings.
Megan Bowen came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 15 points. Devona Allgood scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Lauren Edwards scored 12 points, while Addie Micir and Lauren Polansky each added 10 points.
Senior forward Mady Gobrecht scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Megan Vasquez scored 12 points, while sophomore guard Aarica West scored eight of her nine points in the first half and freshman forward Janna Graf scored all eight of her points in the second half.
"It was obvious we weren't ready to play," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "One of these days, Princeton will have to play a Yale team that is playing well. One of these days that is going to happen. It's just a disappointment for a game to have that much significance and not do any of the things that we are capable of doing."
All of Polansky's points came in the first half, helping the Tigers dominate play early on. The Tigers used three lengthy runs in the opening half to take early control of the game. With the score tied at 6-6 with 16:34 left, Princeton scored 11 consecutive points on two layups each from Polansky and Bowen and a 3-pointer from Micir, giving the Tigers a 17-6 lead at the 13:58 mark.
Yale responded with a short 5-2 burst, but Princeton turned on the heat almost immediately, blowing the game open with a 10-0 run on a pair of layups from Allgood and a 3-pointer from both Kate Miller and Edwards to give the Tigers a 29-13 lead at the 8:58 mark.
Mady Gobrecht drained a 3-pointer to get Yale back on the board, but Princeton responded again with an 8-0 run to expand the lead to 37-16 with 6:27 left. The teams traded baskets over the final 6:27 and went into the halftime break with Princeton leading 47-23.
"When we got behind, it was the first time all year that I saw Yale give up. I felt like we gave up and that was hugely disappointing," Coach Gobrecht said.
The Bulldogs put up a fight in the second half, chipping away at the deficit throughout, cutting it down as low as 14 points, but they could not get any closer.
"If we had been behind by only 12 or 14, we could have easily battled back and had a shot at winning the game," Coach Gobrecht said. "As soon as we gave up all the easy stuff, where we just gave up, we didn't even play, that ended up being 10 or 12 points that didn't have to happen. Now your hole is too big. We competed in the second half. If we had competed in the first half, it would have been a game. We just didn't even compete."
Princeton shot a stellar 61.1 percent (22-for-36) and outrebounded Yale 24-11 in the first half, but the Bulldogs held the Tigers to just 31.3 percent shooting (10-for-32) and they also outrebounded the Tigers 29-17 in the second half.
The Tigers defense forced 19 turnovers limited the Bulldogs' offense with 14 blocked shots in the game.
Yale remains on the road for a game at Penn on Saturday. The teams will square off at the Palestra at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity