2012-13 Yale Women's Basketball News

July 22, 2013
Yale Names Clare Fitzpatrick Assistant Coach
The Yale University women’s basketball team announced Monday the addition of Clare Fitzpatrick as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

July 18, 2013
Yale Earns Spot on WBCA’s Academic Top 25
The Yale University women’s basketball team was recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday as one of its honorees on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season.

May 3, 2013
Yale Women’s Basketball Announces Class of 2017
Yale Head Coach Chris Gobrecht announced that guards Lena Munzer and Meghan McIntyre and forwards Katie Werner and Elizabeth Haley will join the Yale roster as freshmen for the 2013-14 season beginning this fall.

April 19, 2013
Yale Names Janna Graf Captain for 2013-14 Season
The Yale University women’s basketball team announced Friday that guard Janna Graf (Mission Woods, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) has been named the team’s captain for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

March 14, 2013
Halejian Named to All-Ivy League First Team
Sarah Halejian, Megan Vasquez and Janna Graf were honored by the Ivy League today after the trio helped to lead the Bulldogs to a 13-win season and a second consecutive 8-6 finish in Ivy League play.

March 9, 2013
Vasquez Surpasses 1,400 Points in Yale’s Win at Penn
In one final historic performance, Megan Vasquez closed out one of the most remarkable careers in the 40-year history of women’s basketball at Yale University.

March 8, 2013
Game Day Central: Bulldogs Visit Princeton, Penn to Close Regular Season
Yale will head out on the road to close out the regular season with a pair of Ivy League games at Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday. The Bulldogs need at least a split of the weekend’s games in order to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth, but even with a sweep, help is needed from Harvard and Penn.

March 8, 2013
Yale Falls at Princeton
The Yale University women’s basketball team needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive, but Ivy League leader Princeton proved more than capable of playing the spoiler Friday night.

March 2, 2013
Bulldogs Outlast Cornell on Senior Night
The Yale University women’s basketball team wanted to send out seniors Megan Vasquez and Allie Messimer out on a high note in the final home game of the season, but they had to put in extra work to get that celebratory victory.

March 1, 2013
Game Day Central: Salute to Vasquez, Messimer Highlights Final Home Weekend
Yale will play the final two home games of the season this weekend when Columbia and Cornell visit John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale will host Senior Night on Saturday and pay tribute to seniors Allie Messimer and Megan Vasquez prior to the game against Cornell.

March 1, 2013
Graf Lifts Yale to Victory over Columbia
Janna Graf scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added six rebounds and three assists to lead Yale to a 66-49 win over Columbia inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

March 1, 2013
Vasquez, Messimer Lifted Yale Women’s Basketball to New Heights
Yale Women’s Basketball will pay tribute to Captain Allie Messimer and Megan Vasquez during Senior Night ceremonies prior to Saturday’s game against Cornell.

February 26, 2013
Watch Women’s Basketball vs. Columbia, Cornell Live on Yale All-Access
Yale All-Access has live and on demand coverage of the Yale women’s basketball games vs. Columbia (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Cornell (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.) from Lee Amphitheater this weekend.

February 23, 2013
Yale Falls at Harvard Despite Halejian’s Historic Night
Sarah Halejian scored a career-high 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc in Yale's 69-66 loss at Harvard.

February 22, 2013
Big Second Half from Vasquez Powers Yale to Victory
The Yale University women’s basketball team shut down Dartmouth for a stretch of more than six minutes at the end of the first half, using an unrelenting defensive effort to take control of the game, and it was more than enough to propel the Bulldogs to their fourth Ivy League victory in the last five games.

February 21, 2013
Game Day Central: Bulldogs Look to Keep Streaks Alive at Dartmouth, Harvard
Yale will close a four-game road swing this weekend with visits to Dartmouth Friday and rival Harvard on Saturday, and in both games, the Bulldogs are looking to salvage a split of the season series.

February 16, 2013
Yale Completes Sweep at Columbia
The Yale University women’s basketball team used a dominant first half Saturday night to accomplish a feat that has not been done by a Bulldogs squad in 15 years.

February 15, 2013
Vasquez Tallies 1,300th Career Point in win at Cornell
Senior guard Megan Vasquez became the eighth player in the history of the women’s basketball program at Yale University to record 1,300 career points with her first basket of the game and junior guard Janna Graf provided the offensive spark that Yale needed in the second half to get back on the winning track Friday night.

February 14, 2013
Game Day Central: New York Swing Takes Yale to Cornell, Columbia
Following a four-game homestand, Yale hits the road for six of the final eight games of the regular season beginning with a road swing through New York with showdowns at Cornell and Columbia.

February 10, 2013
Yale Falls to First-Place Princeton
Princeton grabbed a big early lead and never looked back in a 99-53 win over Yale inside John J. Lee Amphitheater Sunday night.

February 9, 2013
Yale Holds Off Penn inside Lanman Center
The Yale University women’s basketball team had to battle Winter Storm Nemo and a roof leak inside John J. Lee Amphitheater before it even stepped foot on the court to face Penn.

February 8, 2013
Game Day Central: Bulldogs Look to Bounce Back vs. Penn, Princeton
The snowy forecast has forced changes to the schedule, but Yale will still welcome Penn and Princeton to New Haven for the first meeting of the season against both teams. Yale is looking to bounce back following last week’s discouraging home losses to Harvard and Dartmouth.

February 7, 2013
Pink Zones Events Postponed to March 2; Penn, Princeton Games Rescheduled
Due to the weather forecast for this weekend, all events related to the Yale Athletics Pink Zones, including the Battle of the Badges competition, have been postponed to March 2. The game schedule for this weekend has also been changed.

February 2, 2013
Big Second Half from Halejian Can’t Keep Yale from Falling to Dartmouth
While it is still early, the Yale University women’s basketball team’s chances of making noise in the Ivy League’s race for two postseason bids took a major hit this weekend with back-to-back home losses to both Harvard and a Dartmouth team that has not beaten Yale since 2009.

February 1, 2013
Yale’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short in Loss to Harvard
After a slow start, the Yale University women’s basketball team put together a second-half rally that fell just short of a complete comeback against its rivals from Harvard.

January 31, 2013
Game Day Central: Special Olympics Night Helps Yale Kick of Harvard-Dartmouth Weekend
Yale welcomes Harvard and Dartmouth to New Haven for the first back-to-back Ivy League weekend of the season beginning with Friday’s game against the Crimson. Yale is seeking its fourth win in the last five meetings with Harvard and seventh straight win over Dartmouth.

January 30, 2013
Watch Women’s Basketball vs. Harvard, Dartmouth Live on Yale All-Access
Yale All-Access has live and on demand coverage of the Yale women’s basketball games vs. Harvard (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.) from Lee Amphitheater this weekend.

January 28, 2013
Halejian Named Ivy League Player of the Week
Sarah Halejian’s most impressive performance of her college career did more than lift the Yale University Women’s Basketball Team to its first Ivy League win of the season, it also caught the attention of the Ivy League.

January 25, 2013
Halejian’s Career Night Carries Yale to First Ivy Win
The Yale University women’s basketball team needed a win to keep from falling to 0-2 in Ivy League play and sophomore guard Sarah Halejian made certain the Bulldogs left Providence with the victory.

January 25, 2013
Yale to Host Special Olympics Night
The Yale University Women’s Basketball Team will welcome Special Olympics Connecticut and the Unified Sports® athletes from local high schools to the John J. Lee Amphitheater for an awards ceremony and special halftime game when the Bulldogs host rival Harvard on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m.

January 24, 2013
Game Day Central: Yale Visits Brown Seeking First Ivy Win
As Yale prepares for its annual visit to Brown to close out the season series, it is still looking for its first Ivy League victory after the Bears escaped New Haven with a 68-67 win on Saturday, Jan. 19. It was Brown’s first victory this season in which it gave up more than 51 points. Counting last year’s meeting at Yale, Brown now has two straight wins over Yale.

January 19, 2013
Yale Drops Ivy Opener to Brown
The Yale University women’s basketball team had high hopes for a strong start to the Ivy League season, but missed opportunities plagued the Bulldogs in their Ivy opener, allowing Brown to escape John J. Lee Amphitheater with a narrow victory on Saturday.

January 18, 2013
Game Day Central: Yale Hosts Brown for Ivy League Opener
After recording the most Ivy League wins in a two-year span (18; 10-4 in 2010-11, 8-6 in 2011-12) in the program’s history, Yale begins its quest for its first Ivy League championship since 1979 with the home portion of home-and-home set with Brown.

January 16, 2013
Game Day Central: Battle of the Bulldogs as Yale visits Bryant
After an 11-day break, Yale will close out the non-league portion of the 2012-13 schedule when it travels to Rhode Island to visit Bryant for the first meeting between the two teams since the 2009-10 season. Yale is facing a Bryant squad that has lost its last six games. Yale is looking to maintain the momentum gained from its 82-62 win over Bucknell on Jan. 5.

January 16, 2013
Career Night from Tyson Lifts Yale to Victory
The Yale University women’s basketball team have the momentum it was hoping for heading into Ivy League play, thanks in large part to the play of junior guard Amanda Tyson.

January 5, 2013
Defense, Balanced Scoring Lift Bulldogs to Victory
A stingy defense and a balanced scoring attack lifted Yale to an 82-62 win over Bucknell inside John J. Lee Amphitheater. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and gave Yale (4-9) its first win since a 66-62 overtime win at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 8.

January 5, 2013
Watch Women’s Basketball vs. Bucknell Live and On Demand on Yale All-Access
Yale All-Access has exclusive live and on demand coverage of the Yale women’s basketball game vs. Bucknell Saturday at 4 p.m. from Lee Amphitheater.

January 4, 2013
Game Day Central: Bulldogs to Host Rejuvenated Bison
Yale welcomes Bucknell to the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the final home game of the non-league schedule on Saturday. The Bulldogs are looking to extend their success over the Bison with the hope that it leads to the first victory of the new year. After losses to Marist, Georgetown and Sacred Heart, Yale is looking to snap a three-game losing streak against a much-improved Bucknell squad that went just 5-25 last season.

January 2, 2013
Graf Tallies 18 in Loss at Sacred Heart
The Yale University women’s basketball team held a 55-52 lead with 7:22 left, but it could not hold on for the victory as Sacred Heart used a late 13-2 run to pull away with the 67-62 win at the William H. Pitt Center Wednesday night.

January 1, 2013
Game Day Central: Yale Rings in New Year at Sacred Hart
With just three non-league games remaining before Ivy League play begins, Yale will ring in the new year with a game at in-state rival Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs are looking for their first win over the Pioneers since an 84-43 victory in the second game of the Yale Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 25, 1979.

December 28, 2012
Big Nights from Graf, Halejian Can’t Help Yale From Falling at Georgetown
The Yale University women’s basketball team received a pair of big performances from junior guard Janna Graf and sophomore guard Sarah Halejian, but it was not enough to overcome Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers.

December 26, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Visits Nation's Capital for Dogfight with Hoyas
In what will be the final game of 2012, Yale returns to the road for just its second game in 20 days with a visit to the nation’s capital to take on Big East power Georgetown. Yale is hoping to return to New Haven with a victory after falling at home to Marist on Dec. 20 following a 12-day final exam break.

December 20, 2012
Halejian Scores 11 in Yale’s Loss to Marist
The Yale University women’s basketball team had plenty of opportunities to rally past Marist on Thursday night in the first game for both teams in 12 days, but the Red Foxes stole the show with a late run that seized the victory away from the Bulldogs.

December 19, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Hoping to Continue Winning Ways vs. Marist
The Yale women’s basketball team returns from its 12-day final exam break to host Marist. The Bulldogs won two straight games prior to the break and look to extend their winning ways against a Marist squad that has never won a game inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

December 17, 2012
Brummel to be Inducted into Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Lisa Brummel ’81, a former four-sport athlete at Yale University, will be inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013 in April.

December 12, 2012
Chris Gobrecht to be Featured on “Inside Ivy League Basketball"
Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Yale University, is scheduled to be one of the featured guests on the next episode of “Inside Ivy League Basketball” on Thursday.

December 10, 2012
Janna Graf named Ivy League Player of the Week
Janna Graf (Mission Woods, Kan./Shawnee Mission East), a junior guard on the Yale University women’s basketball team was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week, the League announced Monday afternoon.

December 8, 2012
Halejian’s Heroics Lift Bulldogs to OT win
The Yale University women’s basketball team has found plenty of success in overtime games over the course of the last nine seasons, and on Saturday, sophomore guard Sarah Halejian made sure the trend remained that way.

December 7, 2012
Game Day Central: Bulldogs to Visit St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday
The Yale women’s basketball team returns to the road in search of its second consecutive victory. The Bulldogs face a St. Francis squad that opened its season with two straight wins, but the Terriers are currently mired in a four-game losing skid.

December 4, 2012
Graf Leads Yale to First Win over Fordham Since 1986
Junior guard Janna Graf scored a season-high 18 points and also recorded six rebounds and five of Yale’s six steals to lift the Bulldogs to a 67-53 win over Fordham in non-league play at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

December 3, 2012
Game Day Central: Bulldogs Seek to End Slide Against Fordham
The Yale women’s basketball team returns home Tuesday with the hope of ending its four-game losing streak, but that task will not be an easy one. The Bulldogs play host to Fordham, a team that the Bulldogs have not beaten since the 1986-87 season.

December 1, 2012
Sarju Sizzles in Yale Loss at Army
The Yale University women’s basketball team received a spark from freshman guard Nyasha Sarju on Saturday, but it was not enough to prevent the Bulldogs from dropping their fourth straight loss.

November 30, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Heads to West Point to Battle Army
The Yale women’s basketball team hits the road seeking to end a three-game losing streak, but that task will not be an easy one. The Bulldogs visit West Point, N.Y., to take on an Army squad that is 6-1 and has won its last five games. The Bulldogs are looking for their first win at Army since a 73-49 victory on Jan. 14, 1998.

November 28, 2012
Yale Falls to Quinnipiac
Three players scored 11 points apiece, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Yale University women’s basketball team from dropping a disappointing 89-62 loss to in-state rival Quinnipiac Wednesday night inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

November 27, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale to Host In-State Rival Quinnipiac
The Yale women’s basketball team returns home in search of its second win of the season. Yale welcomes in-state rival Quinnipiac into John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs are looking to hold onto their home dominance over the Bobcats. Yale has beaten Quinnipiac in the last three meetings in New Haven, dating back to Dec. 31, 2006.

November 26, 2012
Sarju Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week
The Yale University women’s basketball team announced Monday that freshman guard Nyasha Sarju was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week.

November 21, 2012
Vasquez Nets 21 in Heartbreaking Loss at Northwestern
The Yale University women’s basketball team gave Northwestern all it could handle for the first 24 minutes of Wednesday’s game in the Wildcats’ Welsh-Ryan Arena.

November 21, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Closes Out Chicago Trip at Northwestern
The Yale women’s basketball team will close out its Thanksgiving week trip to Chicago with a game at Northwestern. Yale is looking to bounce back from Monday’s loss at DePaul. Yale enters the Wednesday’s afternoon affair with four players scoring in double figures, led by last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Sarah Halejian (15.0 ppg.).

November 19, 2012
Sarju, Halejian score 16 in Yale’s Loss at DePaul
The Yale University women’s basketball team gave DePaul all it could handle, but the Blue Demons had a powerful trio that shut down the Bulldogs’ upset bid.

November 18, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Heads to Windy City to Battle DePaul
The Yale women’s basketball team will embark on its first major road trip of this historic 40th season. The Bulldogs will spend Thanksgiving week in Chicago, beginning with Monday’s game at Big East powerhouse DePaul. The Bulldogs are looking to build on the success found in their first win of the season on Saturday against Houston.

November 17, 2012
Bulldogs Rebound Their Way to First Win of Season
Yale junior center Zenab Keita recorded her first career double-double with career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (11) to lead Yale to an 84-82 win over Houston inside John J. Lee Amphitheater Saturday night.

November 16, 2012
Game Day Central: Bulldogs Set to Host Houston
The Yale women’s basketball team welcomes Conference USA opponent Houston to John J. Lee Amphitheater. This is the second game of a home-and-home series between the teams after Yale beat the Cougars, 80-62, in the David Jones Classic at Houston last season.

November 14, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Welcomes New Hampshire for Home Opener
The Yale women’s basketball team welcomes New Hampshire to John J. Lee Amphitheater on Wednesday in the home-opening game of its historic 40th season. The Bulldogs are looking for their first win of the season.

November 14, 2012
Yale Falls to New Hampshire in Defensive Struggle
The Yale University women’s basketball team opened the home portion of its schedule with the hope that the comforts of the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater would help lead to the first win of the 2012-13 season, but the visitors from the University of New Hampshire had other ideas.

November 9, 2012
Game Day Central: Yale Opens Historic 40th Season at Holy Cross
The Yale women’s basketball team opens the 40th season in its history at Holy Cross. Friday’s game is the first of 14 non-league games for the Bulldogs. It is the fifth straight season, and sixth time in the last seven seasons, that Yale has opened its season against Holy Cross. Yale has won the last four contests against Holy Cross, all by six points or less.

November 9, 2012
Sarju Spectacular in Season-Opening Loss at Holy Cross
The Yale University women’s basketball team stepped on the floor for the first official game of its historic 40th season Friday night, but the Bulldogs had hoped for a better way to celebrate the milestone tipoff to the 2012-13 season.

November 8, 2012
Season Preview: Yale Hopes 40th Season Ends with Postseason Return
It is a milestone year for the Yale University women’s basketball team, and while the Bulldogs will be celebrating the 40th season in their history, they are hoping those celebrations extend well past the end of the 2012-13 regular season.

October 24, 2012
Yale Tabbed for Third in Ivy League Preseason Poll
With nearly everyone returning from a squad that finished 16-12 last season and 8-6 in Ivy League play, there are even higher expectations surrounding the Yale University women’s basketball team in 2012-13.

August 26, 2012
Graf Pushes Germany to Second-Place Finish in U-20 European Championships
Janna Graf, a junior guard on the Yale University women's basketball team, was one of four players with at least eight points and one of two with six or more rebounds to help lift Germany to an 83-64 win over Bulgaria in the final game of the U-20 European Championship.

August 24, 2012
Graf Helps Germany Grab Big Win over Hungary
Germany found some inspiration in the play of Yale University junior guard Janna Graf and earned the much-needed victory over Hungary, a 76-71 decision Friday afternoon that pulled Germany into third place of the U-20 European Championships, just one point away from first place.

August 23, 2012
Graf Puts Germany Back on Winning Track
After two losses In the FIBA U-20 European Championships, Germany needed help to get back on the winning track. Against Israel on Wednesday, Germany found the help it needed from Janna Graf.

August 17, 2012
Graf Helps Germany to Rout of Switzerland
Janna Graf, a junior guard on the Yale University women's basketball team, continued her strong play in a reserve role for Germany's U-20 national team on Friday.

August 16, 2012
Graf Helps Lift Germany to Victory in Opener of European Championships
Janna Graf, a junior guard on the Yale University women's basketball team, turned in a solid performance Thursday afternoon to help Germany's U-20 national team coast to a 95-66 victory over Romania in the first game of the U-20 European Championships.

August 9, 2012
Graf Named to Germany's U-20 National Team
While the rest of her teammates on the Yale University women's basketball team are enjoying their summers off, junior guard Janna Graf is taking her basketball skills overseas in an effort to help Germany's U-20 National Team contend for the European Championships.

July 19, 2012
Yale Releases Schedule for Historic 40th Season
The Yale University women’s basketball team released its schedule for the 2012-13 season today, a 28-game slate that includes 13 home games to be played inside the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater, 15 road contests, and nine games against teams that competed in postseason play last season.

July 17, 2012
Bulldogs Earn Spot on WBCA’s Academic Top 25
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association recognized the Yale University women’s basketball team on Tuesday as one of its honorees on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2011-12 season.

June 14, 2012
Lauren Thomer Named Assistant Coach
The Yale University women’s basketball team announced today the addition of Lauren Thomer as its new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.