Halejian Scores 11 in Yale’s Loss to Marist

Zenab Keita. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Zenab Keita. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs' Second-Half Rally Outdone by Red Foxes' Late Run

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — 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.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Milford, Conn., native Casey Dulin, who scored all 10 of her points in the first half to lead Marist to a 62-50 non-league win over Yale inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The loss snapped a short, two-game win streak for the Bulldogs, who fall to 3-7. Both teams had not played since Dec. 8 because of final exams.

Yale led 37-36 with 13:55 remaining but Marist claimed the lead for good after an 13-4 run that gave the Red Foxes a 49-41 lead with 9:23 left.

The Bulldogs never gave up, however, storming back with five straight points to pull to within 49-46 with 6:13 left, with all five points coming at the foul line by sophomore guard Sarah Halejian (2) and junior guards Janna Graf (2) and Amanda Tyson (1).

That was as close as Yale would get as the Red Foxes seized control of the game for good, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-4 over the final 5:14.

Halejian paced the Bulldogs with 11 points and three rebounds. Graf tallied nine points, four rebounds and three assists, while Tyson had five points, six rebounds and four steals. Freshman guard Nyasha Sarju chipped in with seven points, while junior center Zenab Keita and freshman forward Meredith Boardman each added six points and five rebounds.

Marist was led by Leanne Ockenden, who had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Kristina Danella recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, while Dulin and Sydney Coffey each had 10 points.

Yale had fewer turnovers than Marist (16-14) and nearly matched the Red Foxes under the basket (39-35 rebounds). However, the Bulldogs struggled to make shots, shooting just 19-for-62 overall (30.6 percent) and 3-for-19 from 3-point range (15.8 percent). It was the second-worst shooting performance for the Bulldogs this season, just shy of the 30.3 percent shooting night in the loss to New Hampshire. The three made 3-pointers were the fewest made in a game this season. Yale entered Thursday's game ranked third in the nation in made 3-pointers with 8.9 per game.

"I'm disappointed with how we played," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We had an opportunity to beat a quality Marist team, and if we had played well, I think we would have. We made some bad mistakes down the stretch defensively. I think both teams missed shots that they normally make and that was probably because of the layoff."

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they will take another extended break, with eight days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to the court on Dec. 28 with a game in Washington, D.C., at Big East power Georgetown.


NOTES: There was a moment of silence prior to the game to remember the victims of the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. In addition, both coaching staffs and game management staff wore green and white ribbons (the school colors).
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity