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Yale Falls at Princeton

Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Loss Drops Yale from Contention for Second Place and Ivy League's WNIT Bid


PRINCETON, N.J. — 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.

Niveen Rasheed scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half to lead Princeton to a 77-44 win over Yale inside Jadwin Gymnasium.

With the loss, Yale falls to 12-15 overall and 7-6 in the Ivy League. The loss, combined with wins by Harvard and Penn, also eliminates Yale from contention for second-place in the Ivy League and the league's automatic bid in the WNIT.

Princeton improves to 20-6 overall, 11-1 in the Ivy League.

Sophomore guard Sarah Halejian, junior guard Janna Graf and freshman guard Nyasha Sarju all had 10 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Aside from her 21 points, Rasheed also had eight rebounds and seven assists to pace the Tigers. Kate Miller, Blake Dietrick and Mariah Smith all added 10 points.

Halejian scored the first basket of the game but Princeton responded with nine straight points to open up a 9-2 lead. Yale turned things around to trim the deficit to 11-7 on a 3-pointer by Nyasha Sarju with 11:13 left in the half, but Princeton outscored the Bulldogs 27-11 the rest of the way to take a 38-18 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs kept pace through the first eight minutes of the second half, but Princeton picked up the pace and quickly put the game out of reach. Leading 54-32 with 11:27 left, Princeton used a 19-2 run over a 6:57 span to push its lead over Yale to 73-34 with 4:30 left.

Yale closes out the season Saturday night against Penn at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity