Yale Chasing Top-Four Finish In Ivy For Fifth Straight Season
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's basketball team closes out the 2013-14 season with a pair of road contests at Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend. The Bulldogs face the rival Crimson on Friday night before traveling to New Hampshire to face the Big Green on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend tied for fourth with Cornell in the Ivy standings and will be looking to finish among the top four for the fifth straight season. Yale has a chance to finish .500 or better in Ivy play for the sixth time in seven seasons and will be looking to rebound from a pair of home losses last weekend.
Whitney Wyckoff earned a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 9.5 points and shooting .500 from the field and .571 from three-point range against Princeton and Penn. Sarah Halejian scored her 1,000th career point against Princeton and is the team's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game. Meredith Boardman grabs a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game.
Series History: Harvard leads all-time, 45-31.
Harvard has won the last nine meetings, including a narrow 58-57 decision on Feb. 8 at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The Crimson swept games last weekend against Columbia and Cornell and are currently in third-place in the Ivy League. Temi Fagbenle earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors last week and is the top rebounder at 9.5 per game. She adds 12.7 points.
Christine Clark leads Harvard and the Ivy League in scoring at 16.9 per game to pace the Ivy's second-highest scoring offense (71.4 ppg).
Series History: Dartmouth leads all-time, 50-22.
The Bulldogs have won seven of the last eight meetings, including an 86-52 decision back on Feb. 7.
The Big Green fell to Cornell last time out to snap a two-game streak after notching victories over Columbia and Penn. Fani Szabo leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points, while Lakin Roland adds 11.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.
What To Watch For
Moving Up The Scoring Chart: Janna Graf and Halejian have both surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for their careers. Graf is currently 12th all-time at Yale with 1,133 points and is behind Margy Hutchison (1,169 points, 1979-83). Halejian has 1,027 points and is currently 17th. She is just 11 points behind Sue Melone (1,038, 1977-81) for 16th.
With A Win Or Two: With a win Yale will clinch a .500 record in Ivy League play for the sixth time in seven seasons. If the Bulldogs can sweep this weekend's games they will finish at .500 or better overall for the second time in three seasons (16-12, 2011-12).
Yale's senior class has amassed 55 wins over their careers, which is just behind the Class of 1980's mark of 57 wins. In Ivy League play the Class of 2014 has picked up 34 wins, which is tied with the Class of 2013 and Class of 1989 for the most in program-history over a four-year span.
The Bulldogs will also be looking to close the season on a winning note for the second straight year. Yale defeated Penn, 70-65, in last season's finale.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity