Yale Names Allie Messimer Captain for 2012-13 Season

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

Guard Becomes Bulldogs' 35th Captain for Program's Historic 40th Season


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team announced Thursday that guard Allie Messimer (The Woodlands, Texas/College Park) has been named the team's captain for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Messimer will enter her senior season as the 35th captain in the 40-year history of the women's basketball program at Yale University, as voted upon by her teammates. The 5-8 guard has played in all of Yale's 85 games in her three-year career with 10 starts. In her three seasons, Messimer has averaged 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

By electing Messimer as the team's captain, the Bulldogs recognized her standing as the team's leader on and off the court. On the court, Messimer has been the most vocal player on the team in her three seasons. Off the court, Messimer has directed the team's efforts in the organization of the Pink Zones weekend activities, which raises funds for breast cancer research at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

"I am very honored that my team voted me to be captain for next year," Messimer said. "I am hoping to not let them down and do the best I can at handling any issues that come our way. I think it will be important that I continue to bring positive energy to the team and encourage others to do the same."

Messimer, who will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in Economics, has been a key contributor to Yale's rise in the Ivy League ranks, which included the 16-12 finish last season, the most wins in the program's history since the 1993-94 season (16-10) and just the third time that the team won 16 or more games (1979-80, 17-9). Messimer was also a key contributor in the Bulldogs run to their first-ever appearance in the Women's National Invitational Tournament at the end of the 2010-11 season.

"Allie Messimer has been a hugely positive part of our program ever since her arrival in the fall of 2009," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "She has served our women's basketball program in many ways already so it is a natural progression for her to now serve the team as our 2012-2013 captain. Allie works hard, puts the team first, and is a terrific encourager to her teammates. I believe she will be an excellent captain for our team."

The Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season with a 16-12 overall record and an 8-6 finish in the Ivy League. Three players earned a spot on the All-Ivy Team, including junior guard Megan Vasquez, who was named to the First Team for the second straight season, and the team's senior captain Michelle Cashen, who earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention for her fourth straight selection to the All-Ivy Team. Freshman Sarah Halejian was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year.

With everyone returning for 2012-13 except for Cashen, along with a strong incoming freshman class, the expectations will once again be high for the Bulldogs and their new captain, who is ready to lead the charge.

"I am really aiming to do anything that is needed of me to have our team be able to reach our goals for the next season," Messimer said.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity