Yale Cruises Past LIU Brooklyn for 5th Straight Win

Meghan McIntyre. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meghan McIntyre. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Leading from start to finish, Yale earned a comfortable 75-44 win over LIU Brooklyn to improve to 6-2 on the season. Yale's current 5-game winning streak is the longest in two seasons under Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth. LIU Brooklyn stays winless on the season at 0-6 following the loss.

Even after winning the previous night, Guth stressed that the team could make adjustments to play better defensively. Those adjustments showed tonight, as Yale allowed a season-low 44 points and won by a season-best margin of 31 points. The Bulldogs' 75 points were also their most on the road this season. "I'm really, really happy with the effort our team put out," Guth said after the game. "We absolutely came out with a focus and integrity about the way we played with each other and guarded together today."

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures as Yale finished a stretch of four straight road games with a perfect 4-0 record. Junior Jen Berkowitz, who was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, had a game-high 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Junior Tamara Simpson added 14 points, while seniors Meghan McIntyre and Lena Munzer finished with 12 and 10, respectively.

When asked if there was a standout player in the game, Guth said, "It was a total team effort tonight. I really feel that way. I think everyone who came in did their job, and primarily from a defensive standpoint did their job." She added, "Today we just took a step forward, so I'm proud of our kids. This gave us a real feel for what it's going to be like in the Ivy League, playing back-to-back and being on the road, and I think our kids handled themselves really well."

Lena Munzer echoed Guth's praise of the team's defense, saying, "I think we came out with much more intensity on the defensive end of things. Our spark on defense led to lots of great transition buckets."

Meghan McIntyre added, "I thought tonight was a solid win and a total team effort. After starting slow in our game against Wagner last night, I think we came together and improved both on the offensive and defensive end. This will give us even more momentum going into our game against a very good Albany team."

Yale plays Albany Saturday at 4 p.m. at home. The game will be the third in four days for the Bulldogs, so they will use Friday to rest up before a tough test against the Great Danes.

 

Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity