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Bulldogs Race Past Baruch

Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Closes Non-League Schedule with Best Record (8-6) Since 93-94 Season


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In its final tune-up before beginning Ivy League play, the Yale University women's basketball team had an opportunity to try some new things and work out a few kinks in the system before making the trip to Providence on Friday to open the Ivy League schedule at Brown.

The Bulldogs took advantage of that opportunity, tightened up their defense, and dominated the glass in a commanding 80-47 win over Division III power Baruch inside the friendly confines of Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Yale closed out its non-league schedule with an 8-6 record, its best non-league finish since it ended non-league play with an 8-4 mark in 1993-94. The win moved Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball, to within five wins of her 500th career coaching victory. She currently holds a 495-422 career record.

The point total matches Yale's highest scoring output this season. The Bulldogs also scored 80 points in wins at Houston (80-62) and at Fairleigh Dickinson (80-51).

Four players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, who close out non-league play with an 8-6 record. Seven players overall scored at least six points in a balanced scoring attack. Sophomore Janna Graf scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing her second double-double of the season. Senior captain Michelle Cashen also had 15 points to go with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Sarah Halejian matched her career-high with 14 points and added three steals. Junior guard Megan Vasquez scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Bearcats (6-7) 53-37, and turned 16 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.

Defensively, Yale was even more impressive. The 47 points scored by Baruch is the second-lowest point total allowed by the Bulldogs all season. The Bulldogs limited the Bearcats to just 19 field goals on 61 attempts (31.1 percent), including 2-for-10 from behind the arc. The 31.1 shooting percentage is the lowest by a Yale opponent this season. The Bulldogs also forced 19 turnovers, which translated into 24 points on the offensive end of the floor.

Yale also limited Baruch to just 21 points in the first half, which is the second-lowest points allowed in a half by the Bulldogs this season, outdone only by Yale's defensive showing against St. Francis (N.Y.) in which the Bulldogs allowed just 20 first-half points.

Yale led by as many as 35 points with 4:39 remaining before slowing things down over the course of the final minutes.

Junior guard Jessica Duleba scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to lead Baruch. Freshman guard Francess Henry, Cashen's former high school teammate at Midwood High in Brooklyn, N.Y., added 12 points.

Yale still has a few things to work on in the five days before beginning its Ivy League schedule. The Bulldogs shot 38.6 percent, making just 27 of their 71 field-goal attempts, including just seven of their 27 3-point attempts.

Yale will pay a visit to Providence, R.I., on Friday to open Ivy League play at Brown at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs swept the Bears last season with a 66-54 home win on Jan. 14, 2011, and a 71-59 win at Brown on Jan. 21, 2011.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity