Bulldogs Host Harvard On Saturday For First-Place
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A balanced team effort carried the Yale women's basketball team past Dartmouth, 86-52, on Friday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 53.6 percent from the field and Sarah Halejian led three scorers in double-figures with 16 points.
Yale (10-9, 4-1 Ivy League) took a 3-2 lead on a Lena Munzer three-pointer on its first possession and never looked back. Munzer's trifecta was the start of nine unanswered points for the Bulldogs who quickly pushed the lead to double-figures following four straight points from Emmy Allen to make it 17-7.
Dartmouth (3-16, 0-5) answered with back-to-back layups to get within 17-11, but that was as close as the game would be the rest of the night. Yale pushed the lead back to double-figures following a three-pointer by Alexandra Osborn-Jones and would build a 38-22 halftime lead.
Yale shot 57.1 percent in the opening half, including 62.5 percent from three-point range.
The Bulldogs put the game out of reach with a 14-4 run over a span of 4:20 in the second half to take a 60-36 lead. Janna Graf opened the spurt with a jumper and five different Elis contributed during the run, which helped Yale pad its lead en route to the win.
Yale's defense frustrated Dartmouth into 22 turnovers and just 32.7 percent shooting. Fanni Szabo led the Big Green with 21 points, but she was the only player in double-figures.
Osborn-Jones and Allen each grabbed six rebounds for Yale, which held a 36-22 rebounding edge.
As a team, the Bulldogs had 12 players score a basket as their bench contributed a total of 42 points. Yale finished the night shooting 50 percent from three-point range and 81.8 percent from the foul line.
Yale hosts Harvard on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater, in a matchup of teams tied atop the Ivy League standings at 4-1.
The game is part of Special Olympics Night and will feature a halftime ceremony and game between Special Olympics Unified Sports teams.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity