Vasquez Is 17th Yale Selection To All-Ivy First Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After leading the Yale University women's basketball team to its highest overall win total since 2002 and its most successful Ivy League finish since 1989, four players earned places on the 2010-11 All-Ivy Team.
Sophomore guard Megan Vasquez (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun), senior forward Mady Gobrecht (New Haven, Conn./Hamden Hall), junior forward Michelle Cashen (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Midwood), and freshman forward Janna Graf (Mission Woods, Kan./Shawnee Mission E.) all earned places on the All-Ivy Team in recognition of their performances this season.
The four players helped to lead Yale to a 14-14 final regular-season record and a 10-4 finish in Ivy League play, only the second time in Yale's history that it finished Ivy play with a 10-4 record. The result was a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings and an automatic berth in the WNIT postseason tournament — Yale's first postseason appearance in 32 years.
"I'm thrilled for our program that so many from our team received recognition by the Ivy League," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "Yale's success has been because of our collective strength and having four players honored by the Ivy League today reflects that truth."
Vasquez was named to the All-Ivy First Team, a year after earning a spot on the All-Ivy Rookie Team. She finished the 2010-11 season as the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, including a 13.9 ppg. average in Ivy League contests. She also led Yale in 3-point field goals made (38), minutes per game (32.0) and free-throw shooting (94-for-123, 76.4 percent). Vasquez was Yale's leading scorer in 14 games and she surpassed the 20-point mark five times. She saved some of her best performances for Yale's biggest games this season. She poured in a career-high 25 points in a 91-85 win over then-No. 15/14 Florida State, Yale's first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent. She also scored 23 points in a 78-64 win at Harvard on Feb. 26, 2011, Yale's first win at Harvard since Feb. 17, 2001.
It is the 17th time in Yale women's basketball history that a player earned a spot on the All-Ivy First Team. All-Ivy selections began in the 1979-80 season. In the 32 seasons since, Yale's First Team selections include Lisa Brummel (1980 and 1981), Margy Hutchinson (1982 and 1983), Sue Johnson (1984 and 1985), Kelly LeComte (1986), Karen Yarasavage (1987), Tonya Lawrence (1988, 1989, and 1990), Mary Kalich (1993 and 1994), Katie Grubbs (1998), Erica Davis (2007), Melissa Colborne (2008) and Vasquez (2011).
Vasquez is the third player to earn All-Ivy First Team honors during Chris Gobrecht's tenure as Yale's head coach.
Mady Gobrecht saved her best season for her last one in a Yale uniform, earning a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team, the first All-Ivy honor of her college career. She was second on the team in scoring, with 12.0 points per game, and rebounding, with 6.4 rebounds per game. She was also second on the team in assists (90), field-goal percentage (42.9, 120-280), and free-throw shooting (74.8 percent, 83-for-111). In Ivy League contests, Gobrecht averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She led the Bulldogs in scoring in eight contests this season and recorded three double-doubles.
Graf is one of three unanimous selections to the 2010-11 Rookie Team, along with Ivy League Rookie of the Year Alyssa Baron, from Penn, and Harvard's Christine Clark. Despite missing the first three games of the season due to illness, Graf finished the regular season 17th in the Ivy League in scoring at 9.3 points per game, which was third on the Bulldogs. She was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week four times this season and was a Player of the Week once. She was also third on the Bulldogs in rebounding (4.2 rebounds per game) and third in field-goal percentage (39.4, 89-for-226). Graf led the Bulldogs in scoring in three games, including a career-high 26 points in a 91-85 win over then-No. 15/14 Florida State. She scored in double figures 10 times, surpassing the 20-point mark three times.
Cashen was one of three players to earn All-Ivy Honorable Mention, a year after earning a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team as a sophomore. She finished her junior season fourth on the Bulldogs in scoring at 8.1 points per game. She led the Bulldogs in rebounding at 6.8 rebounds per game, which was fourth in the Ivy League. She was the Bulldogs' top scorer in one game this season and top rebounder in nine games.
Princeton's Addie Micir was a unanimous selection by the League's eight coaches as the Ivy League Player of the Year. Her teammate, Lauren Polansky, was the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year. Princeton placed three players on the All-Ivy First Team, including Micir, Devona Allgood and Lauren Edwards. Vasquez, Columbia's Kathleen Barry and Harvard's Brogan Berry round out the other First Team selections.
Yale is off until it begins play in the WNIT next week. The WNIT will announce the bracket for the 2011 tournament late Monday.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity