Bulldogs Return Home to Face Boston University

Allie Messimer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Yale returns home today for the first time since the season opener, a 76-71 win over Holy Cross on Nov. 11.  The Bulldogs just completed a run of six games on the road in which they went 3-3, which included a win over Fairleigh Dickinson and a sweep of the David Jones Classic at the University of Houston (80-62 win over Houston, 59-57 win over Texas-Pan American) and losses to No. 1 Baylor and No. 22 Delaware. Yale is looking to bounce back into the win column after Monday's 77-45 loss to No. 22 Delaware. Yale is home for two games (Boston University today and St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 18) before hitting the road again for eight of 11 games away from John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale welcomes a Boston University team that is looking for its first win over the Bulldogs inside John J. Lee Amphitheater since Dec. 5, 2001. Today is the opening game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader in which the Yale men's basketball team will host Bryant at 7 p.m.

Scouting Boston University

Boston University is coming off of two consecutive losses, and all four of its losses have come on the road. In their four road losses, the Terriers have averaged 54.8 points, which is 15.6 points per game less than the points averaged in their three home victories. The Terriers have also allowed 66.8 points on the road, but only 57.0 points at home. Four Terriers average at least 8.9 points per game, including three in double figures, led by West Haven native Chantell Alford, who is averaging 13.9 points per game, with a 39.5 percent success rate from 3-point range and 92.9 percent from the foul line, leading the Terriers in all three categories. Despite having two players averaging 7.9 rebounds per game each (Rashidat Agboola and Caroline Stewart), the Terriers have been outrebounded in all but one game with an average rebounding margin of -6.9 boards per game.

Series History

Yale has faced Boston University 12 times since 1981. In that span, B.U. owns a 10-2 record, winning the first seven games of the series. The Terriers are 6-1 vs. the Bulldogs at home, 3-1 at Yale and 1-0 on neutral ground. Yale is 2-3 against Boston University in the last five meetings, which have all come since the 2000-01 season. B.U.'s last win at Yale came on Dec. 5, 2001, a 76-67 decision. The Bulldogs earned a 61-57 victory on Dec. 9, 2009, the last time the two teams met in New Haven. In the previous meeting, the Terriers cruised past the Bulldogs on Nov. 17, 2010, behind a triple-double from Mo Moran (15 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists), B.U.'s first triple-double in six years.

Familiar Face

Boston University Head Coach Kelly Greenberg is no stranger to the Bulldogs or the Ivy League. She served as the head coach at Penn for five seasons, leading the Quakers to four winning seasons, including two Ivy League championships. While at Penn, Greenberg posted an 84-54 overall record and a 51-19 mark in Ivy league play. In her first season as a head coach in 1999-00, Greenberg's squad posted its first winning season in eight years. In 2000-01, she guided the Quakers to an Ivy League championship following an unblemished 14-0 run against Ivy opponents. The Quakers earned the program's first- ever NCAA Tournament bid and posted a school-best 22-6 overall record.

Welcome Home

The Terriers junior star Chantell Alford is no stranger to basketball fans in the Elm City. The West Haven native was a star player Wilbur Cross High School, and she was a New Haven Register All-State Third Team honoree in her junior season. A four-year starter for the Governors, Alford got off to a quick start for the Terriers, leading the team in scoring in her freshman season with a 14.9 ppg. average, which was 14th in the nation among rookie scorers. She joined B.U.'s 1,000-point club on Dec. 1 at West Virginia, becoming the second Terrier to reach 1,000 career points this season and 20th player in the program's history to reach the mark. Teammate Alex Young scored her 1,000th point on Nov. 13 vs. UMass. 

Bulldogs' Previous Outing

Yale closed out its run of six straight road games with a 77-45 loss at No. 22 Delaware. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 4-3 on the season and 3-3 on the road swing. It was Yale's second game against a nationally ranked opponent in the last two weeks (No. 1 Baylor). Delaware junior forward Elena Delle Donne scored 21 of her 28 points in the first half to lead the Blue Hens (7-0). Delle Donne, the leading scorer in Division I at 29.3 points per game, had Delaware's first 11 points and 16 of its first 18. She finished 10 for 16 from the field and had seven rebounds. The Bulldogs led 2-0 after Aarica West scored on a layup off the opening tipoff. The Hens scored the next 11 points to take the lead for good. Delaware led by as many as 24 points in the first half before taking a 42-20 lead at the break. The Hen's biggest advantage in the second half was 67-30.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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