BRONX, N.Y. – Yale's first road game of the season went back and forth until the final minutes, before Manhattan eventually prevailed 63-57. Yale falls to 1-1 as Manhattan improves to 2-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs trailed 47-38 late in the 3rd quarter before scoring 11 straight points to take the lead in the 4th. But Manhattan's Amani Tatum hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:57 remaining for the 10th and final lead change of the game, as the Jaspers held on to hand Yale its first loss of the season. Tatum led the way for Manhattan with 20 points.
Senior Lena Munzer, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for her stellar play against Binghamton on Sunday, once again delivered an outstanding performance for Yale. She went 10-for-14 from the field for a career-high 25 points.
Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth said of Munzer's success so far this season, "This is something that's well deserved, well earned. I just hope we can come away with a team win so we can really celebrate her personal accomplishment. But she's a kid who's about the team, so she's even coming away from this performance not happy knowing that we're trying to get the win."
Guth named Yale's defensive play as the biggest reason the Bulldogs did not come away with the win. While she complimented Tatum and the Manhattan offense, she said, "I was disappointed with giving up second-chance opportunities. We gave up 11 offensive boards, and so, from a defensive perspective I think we're a better team and it's just about locking in and getting those stops that we need."
Jaspers center Kayla Grimme reeled in 5 of those 11 offensive rebounds, and she had a game-high 12 total rebounds to go along with 7 points and 3 blocks. Yale outshot Manhattan from the field, but those offensive rebounds, in addition to losing the turnover battle, proved to be the difference in a hard-fought game.
The Bulldogs will look to recover when they return to the court Friday, as they travel to West Point to take on Army at 7 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity