March 5, 2011

Bulldogs Top Cornell; Earn WNIT Bid

Victory Over Big Red Lifts Bulldogs Into First-Ever Postseason National Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Mady Gobrecht scored a game-high 15 points in her final regular season game at Yale to lead the Bulldogs to a 58-51 victory over Cornell and help the Bulldogs clinch their first-ever post-season WNIT bid.  Megan Vasquez added 12 points for Yale, which finished the regular season at 10-4 in the Ivy League mark and 14-14 overall.

The 10-4 Ivy League mark matched the best Ivy League finish in the program's history. The only other time Yale finished at 10-4 in Ivy League play was in the 1988-89 season.

The Bulldogs, who trailed by as many as seven in the second half, ended the game on a 10-2 run on "Senior Night" at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  Gobrecht and senior captain Yoyo Greenfield were honored at center court in a pre-game ceremony. 

Yale's two seniors helped ensure they would play at least one more game at Yale.

Cornell took a 49-48 lead with 4:16 left in the second half following a Taylor Flynn putback. Last night, Yale couldn't overcome late-game adversity. 

Tonight was a different story.

Vasquez started the comeback with a jumper.  Next, Michelle Cashen found Gobrecht underneath the hoop for a layup to give Yale a 52-49 lead with 2:53 left. 

Once it gained the lead, Yale never gave it up. 

"We managed to buckle down down the stretch," Yale head coach Chris Gobrecht said.  "We learned a lot in 24 hours."

The final six points of the game were scored by Vasquez at the free throw line. Yale made 18-of-22 free throws in the game.

The second half didn't start as well as it ended for Yale.  Allyson DiMagno hit a three-pointer 22 seconds into the half to give the Big Red a six-point lead. 

DiMagno, who tied for a team-high 14 points, hit one of two shots at the line to give Cornell its biggest lead of the game with 17:25 left in the game.

Yale stormed back.  Janna Graf and senior captain Yoyo Greenfield hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 14-5 Yale run to give Yale its first lead of the second half with 12:20 left.  

With the win, the Bulldogs are headed to the postseason. The trip to the 2011 WNIT marks for the fourth post-season appearance in Yale history.

"They're excited about playing in the postseason," Coach Cobrecht said of her team.  "I'm happy for the seniors who get to play in at least one more game."