Bulldogs Grind Out 60-52 Win Over Cornell

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


Sarju, Halejian, Allen Score In Double-Figures To Pace Yale

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Yale shook off a slow start offensively and used a 15-1 run over both halves to take the lead for good en route to a 60-52 win over Cornell on Friday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Bulldogs had three players score in double-figures, led by Sarah Halejian and Nyasha Sarju with 18 points apiece and Emmy Allen added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Yale snapped a three-game skid with the victory and improved to 11-12 overall and 5-4 in the Ivy League. The loss dropped Cornell to 12-11 overall and 4-5 in the Ivy League.

Cornell scored the first four points and jumped out to a 10-2 lead just under three minutes into the game after a layup by Nia Marshall. Following consecutive baskets by Allyson DiMagno and Joelle Davidson, the Big Red led 15-10 at the 8:40 mark before the Bulldogs came roaring back.

Layups by Allen and Sarju on each of the next two possessions ignited a 15-1 run spanning both halves to give Yale the lead for good. Allen had two layups and Janna Graf and Hayden Latham each scored two points as Yale scored the final eight points of the period and took a 22-16 lead into the break.

Sarju hit a three-pointer to open the second half and give the Bulldogs a nine-point lead before Cornell snapped its 10-minute drought without a field goal on a layup by Marshall.

Yale took its largest lead of the night after Halejian scored four straight points to make it 31-19 with 15:02 to play, but Cornell chipped away at the lead, eventually getting within three points.

The Big Red scored six straight points beginning with a free throw from Aspen Chandler with 8:48 to play and consecutive layups by Marshall and DiMagno made it 40-37 with 6:05 to play.

A pair of foul shots by Meredith Boardman and five straight points by Halejian ended the threat and quickly pushed the Bulldogs' lead back to double-figures at 49-39 with 4:13 to play. Cornell was unable to get closer than the final margin as Yale hit 9-of-12 from the foul line down the stretch.

Boardman finished with eight points to tie for game-high honors, while Sarju collected a career-high seven boards. Amanda Tyson matched a season-high with five rebounds. Allen also matched a career-high with three blocked shots.

DiMagno and Marshall led Cornell with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Stephanie Long grabbed six rebounds to lead the team.

Yale shot 36.2 percent from the field, while limiting Cornell to 33.9 percent overall and just 1-of-12 (.083) from three-point range. The Bulldogs held a 47-40 edge in rebounding.

Yale hosts Columbia on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for its Pink Zone game in support of breast health awareness. All fans wearing pink will receive free admission. Proceeds from the day go to support Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center through the "Closer to Free" fund.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity