Four players in double-figures help team open season with a victory.
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Yale women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a come-from-behind 64-55 win at Monmouth on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs used a 21-4 run to erase a second half deficit and were led by Hayden Latham with 14 points and Meredith Boardman who added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Monmouth (0-1) built a 19-13 lead with 6:38 to play in the opening half before Sarah Halejian and Boardman rattled off six straight points to bring the Bulldogs level. Four straight foul shots by the Hawks pushed them back in front before a three-pointer by Janna Graf made it 25-24.
Following a jumper by Mia Hopkins for Monmouth, Graf hit another three-pointer to briefly tie the game before two foul shots returned the lead to the Hawks with 1:20 left in the half. After a jumper by Latham tied the score for Yale, Shira Shect hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Hawks a 32-29 lead at the half.
Monmouth began the second half with a run to push the lead to 38-29 on a Sara English layup with 16:30 to play. Following a timeout by Yale, the Hawks continued their spurt with a pair of baskets to cap a 13-0 run and make it 42-29. A pair of foul shots by Graf and a three-pointer by Emmy Allen started Yale's comeback.
The Bulldogs held the Hawks scoreless over a nearly four-minute span and four straight points by Katie Werner made it 42-41 with 11:30 to play. Kasey Chambers ended the Monmouth scoring drought, but Latham sandwiched a three-pointer and jumper around a layup by Shect that left the score knotted at 46 with 8:41 to play.
Yale responded with consecutive baskets by Boardman and Arrice Bryant to build a four-point cushion. Monmouth rattled off six straight points to reclaim the lead, but were then held without a field goal for the next 6:01. Latham accounted for Yale's next five points, including a three-pointer which gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with 2:27 to play.
The Bulldogs scored 12 straight points to build a 64-53 lead before an MU basket with :06 to play accounted for the final margin.
Graf and Werner added 10 points apiece for Yale, while Halejian had a game-high five assists to go with eight points and four steals. Lena Munzer grabbed seven rebounds off the bench, as the Bulldogs held a 59-48 rebounding margin. Yale also took advantage of hitting six three-pointers and making 37 trips to the free-throw stripe.
Shect was the only Monmouth scorer in double-figures with 13 points, while English grabbed 12 rebounds. The Hawks shot 35.5 percent from the field, but were just 1-of-13 from the three-point arc.
Yale plays its home-opener on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when it hosts UMass Lowell at 7:00 p.m.