December 27, 2013

Bulldogs Return To Action At Kansas

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Yale Opens Four-Game Road Swing With Contest

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's basketball team returns to action following a break for the holidays on Sunday afternoon at the University of Kansas. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and will tip at 3 p.m. Eastern.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 10-day break following a convincing 66-35 win over Saint Peter's on Dec. 19. Alexandra Osborn-Jones led a balanced Yale attack with 12 points, while the defense forced 26 turnovers and converted them into 35 points.

The win snapped a two-game slide for Yale and improved its record to 5-6 on the season. Kansas is 6-5 on the year and in the midst of a string of six straight home games.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series: First Meeting.

KU is coming off an 82-78 win over Tulsa on Dec. 22 to improve to 5-2 at home. Asia Boyd led the way with 22 points, while CeCe Harper had a double-double with 15 points and 13 assists.

Bonnie Henrickson is in her 10th year and led the team to a 20-14 mark last season and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a final ranking of No. 25.

Chelsea Gardner leads three Jayhawks in double-figures at 16.9 ppg. She also grabs 8.2 rebounds and shoots 61.0 pct. from the field and 80.8 pct. from the foul line. KU shoots .434 from the floor as a team and Gardner ranks 13th nationally in the category at .610.

What To Watch For

There's No Place Like Home: A pair of Yale players will be returning to their home state with the trip the trip to Kansas. Janna Graf is from Mission Woods, Kan., and attended Shawnee Mission East High School, while Emmy Allen is from Overland Park, Kan., and attended high school at Shawnee Mission South.

A Grand Occasion?: After scoring 10 points in the win over Saint Peter's, Graf moved closer to reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career. The senior stands at 991 career points and is poised to reach the milestone on Sunday afternoon as she enters the game averaging 9.8 points per game.

On The Road Again: The contest begins a four-game road swing for Yale as the Bulldogs won't play another home contest until Jan. 24 against Brown. Following the game at Kansas, Yale will close out the non-conference slate with games at Maine (Jan. 5) and New Hampshire (Jan. 7) before opening Ivy League play at Brown on Jan. 17.

Next Up

Yale will turn the calendar to 2014 when it returns to action on Jan. 5 at Maine before traveling to New Hampshire on Jan. 7.

The Black Bears are 6-5 heading into a game against Sacred Heart on Dec. 29. New Hampshire is 4-7 and has an 11-day layoff before facing Brown on Jan. 3.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity

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