52-24 Rebounding Advantage For Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – No one had to remind the Yale women's basketball team about the significance of the Ivy League season, as displayed by its dominant performance in an 81-54 win over Brown on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (10-8, 1-0 Ivy) scored a season-high amount of points in front of a season-high crowd, made up of alumni and fans alike, in the Lee Amphitheater. A whopping 52-24 rebounding advantage aided the Elis in picking up a win in the Ivy League opener.
"We emphasize rebounding every day. I don't know if that's a function of favorable matchups in who we play, but there was a hunger for us today," said Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth. Yale's 28-rebound advantage is the biggest this season.
Yale's 19 offensive rebounds against the Bears translated into a season-high 21 second-chance points, compared to Brown's two. The Elis also held a 20-9 edge in transition points, attacking down the court every chance they could.
Senior forward Nyasha Sarju (Seattle, Wash.) scored a team-high 14 points, while tying for a team-best eight rebounds. Junior guard Meghan McIntyre (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.) added 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the win.
Four different Bulldogs scored in double-figures, continuing the theme of balanced scoring for Guth's squad. Sophomore guards Tamara Simpson (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Mary Ann Santucci (Seattle, Wash.) had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
"We talked about it postgame; just wanting everyone to be ready when their name is called. It was a total team effort today," said Guth, whose team held an impressive 30-5 advantage in bench points.
In just 17 minutes on the floor, senior center Emmy Allen (Overland Park, Kan.) and junior guard Lena Munzer (Highland Park, Ill.) combined for 15 rebounds. Sarju had a team-high four offensive rebounds in the victory.
An overall team effort resulted in a performance in which Brown had little chance from the start. The Bears never held a lead in the game, while Yale's largest was the winning margin of 28. The Bulldogs outscored the visitor in each quarter, including a 24-12 edge in the fourth quarter.
"We get excited for a game day no matter what, but today we refreshingly started again with a 0-0 record. Taking it one possession at a time, one game at a time – that's our focus," said Guth.
The Bulldogs shot 44.8-percent (30-of-67) from the field, including 36.4-percent (8-of-22) from three-point range.
The Yale guards also dished the ball around efficiently, helping the Elis record 14 assists to Brown's five. McIntyre and senior captain Whitney Wyckoff (West Chester, Ohio) each had a game-high three assists.
The outcome of the next meeting is to be decided, but Yale was nearly flawless in just about every facet of the game on Saturday. In front of a crowd filled with alumni, youth groups, families and friends, the Bulldogs came to play.
"We talk about our program and representing the brand. For our players to see the brand in person – the alumni who have built this program, the future with some matriculated recruits here…to recognize the entire family and what we represent, it's bigger than ourselves and bigger than the game. I think it's pretty special," said Guth.
Yale held a 38-27 lead at halftime, following a 40-percent shooting effort and grabbing 13 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters. A 16-0 edge in second-chance points aided the Elis in getting the double-digit lead.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 19 in the third quarter, never letting Brown get within 10 points. A 12-0 run in the fourth quarter over a three-minute period expanded their lead to 26.
Wyckoff and sophomore forward Jen Berkowitz (Wayland, Mass.) chipped in nine points each for the Bulldogs. Brown guard Shayna Mehta scored a game-high 16 points.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the rematch with Brown next Saturday as the Ivy League season rolls on. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center and the game can be seen on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity