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Lena Munzer (Photo: Steve Musco)
Lena Munzer (Photo: Steve Musco)

Yale Outrebounds Vermont, 46-32

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A return to the John J. Lee Amphitheater was just what Yale needed following two straight road losses. 

The Bulldogs turned it up on defense, dominated the boards and defeated Vermont 77-48 on Sunday afternoon.

Lena Munzer led the Bulldogs with 17 points and went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.  Jen Berkowitz, Meghan McIntyre and Tamara Simpson all had 12 points for Yale, which improved to 2-2 overall. 

After falling behind early, the Bulldogs blitzed the Catamounts with a 20-2 run midway through the first half to take a 24-7 lead after a McIntyre three with 8:31 left in the second quarter.  McIntyre had a team-high four 3-pointers.

Yale had a 33-17 lead at the half and limited Vermont to 23.8 percent shooting through the first 20 minutes. 

Vermont (2-2) cut the deficit to 38-28 in the third.  Yale regained control on a play that summed up the half.  

Simpson grabbed an offensive rebound and Mary Ann Santucci drained a three with 4:33 left to restore Yale's lead to 41-28.  Yale went 11-for-25 from three-point range.

The Bulldogs outrebounded Vermont 46-32 and held a 27-4 edge in second-chance points. 

The Catamounts kept it close and were within 53-42 with just under 7 minutes to play.  Once again, it was the offensive glass that sparked a Yale rally.

Elizabeth Haley secured an offensive rebound and led to another 3-pointer, this time from Munzer.  That basket started a 24-6 run to close out the game. 

Up next for the Bulldogs is a road game on Tuesday night at Illinois State, and a return for Munzer to her home state. Munzer hails from Highland Park.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity