Bulldogs' Winning Streak Snapped At Assembly Hall
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior guard Meghan McIntyre scored a career-high 17 points, almost single-handedly keeping the Yale women's basketball team competitive on Monday night, but it was Indiana's strong shooting performance that gave it a 76-60 victory at Assembly Hall.
McIntyre (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.) was 5-of-8 from three-point range, including 4-of-5 in the third quarter, but a 26-16 scoring edge in the third period by the Hoosiers was too much for the Bulldogs (8-6) to overcome.
Trailing just 36-29 at halftime, Indiana went on an 11-0 run in the first 2:41 of the second half to go up by 18. The Hoosiers led by as many as 21 in the quarter. Despite the Elis cutting the lead to 12 in the fourth, they couldn't get any closer.
"We were out of sync at times offensively and defensively in the third quarter. Some indecision on defensive rotations really hurt us," said McIntyre. "They got some quick buckets, including three straight three-pointers."
The Hoosiers hit three jumpers from beyond the arc in just a span of 1:18 to jump out to a 47-29 lead as soon as the half began. McIntyre's shooting kept Yale competitive in an otherwise lopsided third quarter.
"When you're in a rhythm, it's always nice to hit the first shot. We just had to take whatever we got and that's what I did. I was open on a lot of plays," said McIntyre. She is the first Yale player to hit five three-pointers in a game since Megan Vasquez hit five against Penn on March 9, 2013.
Junior forward Katie Werner (Phoenix, Ariz.) also contributed a big game with a season-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high four assists. Both McIntyre and Werner were 6-of-10 from the field against the Hoosiers.
Both teams turned the ball over 16 times, while Indiana held a 15-9 scoring advantage off turnovers. The Hoosiers had four players score in double-figures, including guard Alexis Gassion with a game-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
"Defensively, we gave them too many second-chance opportunities. They outrebounded us, so we really need to improve on the boards," said McIntyre. Yale was outrebounded, 31-26, and falls to 2-5 this season when being at a disadvantage on the boards.
The Bulldogs shot an impressive 43.6-percent (24-of-55) from the field, including a 35.7-percent (5-of-14) night from three-point range. The Hoosiers shot 54-percent from the field, with their 78.6-percent effort in the third quarter.
In front of a crowd of 3,642 in legendary Assembly Hall, the Bulldogs finished the first quarter on a 9-3 run to cut into Indiana's once 12-point lead. The Elis then went basket-for-basket in the second quarter with the Hoosiers, trailing by just seven at halftime.
Within the first three minutes of the second half, the game changed drastically. An 11-0 run by Indiana stretched the lead to 47-29. Despite McIntyre scoring 12 of her 17 in the period, the Bulldogs fell behind by 17 heading into the fourth.
Senior captain Whitney Wyckoff (West Chester, Ohio), along with junior guard Lena Munzer (Highland Park, Ill.), played excellent defense on Tyra Buss, Indiana's leading scorer heading into the game. Buss managed just two points in the entire second half, finishing with 13 total.
Wyckoff dished out four assists, while sophomore guard Tamara Simpson (North Babylon, N.Y.) had three steals. Yale had 12 steals in the game, three more than the season average.
The two-game road trip continues on Wednesday when the Bulldogs look to bounce back against Albany in the SEFCU Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. against the Great Danes and can be seen live on AmericaEast.TV.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity