Yale Has Won 6 of Last 7
DURHAM, N.H. – The Bulldogs are going into the exam and holiday break with smiles on their faces. The Yale women's basketball team erased a late, six-point deficit with an 11-0 run to earn a 64-58 victory over a hot University of New Hampshire squad.
The Elis (8-3), who have won five straight on the road and six of the last seven overall, ended the Wildcats' win streak at five games in a contest that went back and forth (7 ties, 12 lead changes) almost the entire 40 minutes at Lundholm Gymnasium. The visitors were able to come out on top by making five of their last six shots while tightening up on UNH at the other end of the floor.
The Wildcats (6-3) had their biggest lead of the day at 55-49 with 4:01 left while Eli junior Jen Berkowtiz (team-high 15 points) was on the bench with four fouls. That's when Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach, put Berkowitz back on the floor, and it ignited a great road comeback.
Mary Ann Santucci immediately found her teammate in the paint for a Berkowitz layup to cut the deficit to four, and the Bulldogs were buzzing. Yale then got a defensive stop and Lena Munzer (11 pts) hit a three to cut the margin to 55-54 with 3:20 left.
The Elis grabbed the lead for good with 2:29 left on a Megan Gorman three before forcing a UNH turnover to set up a Santucci three-pointer from the right corner. She finished with eight points and three rebounds, but her last points weren't enough to put away the America East team. Kristen Anderson fired in a three with 32 ticks on the clock to make it 60-58 and put the pressure back on the visitors.
"I give a lot of credit to UNH and how hard they play. We have a lot we need to improve on defensively in order to play consistently at the level we aspire to," said Guth.
Berkowitz stepped up again and hit a great left-handed layup with 17 seconds left. She also rose to the occasion at the other end on the next possession. She blocked a shot in the paint, grabbed the rebound and got fouled before icing the contest with a pair of free throws.
The Blue trailed by one after the first quarter but took a 25-24 lead into halftime thanks to some hard-working point scoring. They had to work harder because the three-point shooting (0-for-7) wasn't there. The Elis, who shot 42 percent in the first half, turned turnovers in 11 points while scoring 14 of their 25 points in the paint.
"We have threats behind the arc and you're going to have some games when they aren't falling. I told them at half to keep taking great shots. Shooter keep shooting! They were able to capitalize on the second half," said Guth, in New Haven as head coach for the second season.
The visitors used their athleticism and confidence when the long ball wasn't working in the first two quarters. One of the highlight moves of the first came from Tamara Simpson, who used a nice spin move to create space for a left-handed mini hook shot.
Berkowitz went old-school in the second to give the Elis an 18-17 lead. She drove the lane and then put up a left-handed scoop shot with perfect body control.
The Wildcats outscored the Elis 19-16 in the third quarter to take a two-point advantage into the fourth.
The Elis, who next play at Stanford on Dec. 28, finished today with three players in double figures while shooting 46 percent from the floor as a team.
"I'm proud of our team's ability to stay together and convert on the offensive end by staying aggressive and selfless," said Guth.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – email@example.com