NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A night after an emotional win over Harvard, the Bulldogs kept the momentum going on Saturday night against Dartmouth.
The Bulldogs torched the Big Green 16-5 in the first quarter, never trailed in the game, and went on to a 58-44 victory for their third straight win. Yale improved to 14-11 overall, 5-7 in conference play and stand one game out of the fourth and final Ivy playoff spot with two games left.
In a fitting start to senior night, Meghan McIntyre and Lena Munzer -- both playing in their final home games -- combined for eight of Yale's first nine points during an 11-0 run to begin the first quarter.
McIntyre and Jen Berkowitz both finished with a team-high 12 points, while Munzer had 11.
"To come back after an emotional, hard fought win last night, I was proud of the way we came out and threw the first punch tonight," said Joel E. Smilow head coach Allison Guth.
In another must-win game, the Bulldogs made winning plays.
In the fourth quarter, Dartmouth's Kate Letkewicz drained a three from the corner to cut Yale's lead to seven with 8:05 left. The Bulldogs responded with the next five points.
Berkowitz made a strong drive to the hoop for layup and Tamara Simpson buried a 3-pointer to push Yale's lead back to 46-34 with 6:40 left. McIntyre put the finishing touches on the win with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 52-37 with 2:51 remaining.
Before the game, Elizabeth Haley, McIntyre, and Munzer were honored before the game with their families. For Munzer, the pre-game ceremony and final win at home was special.
"Words cannot describe how it felt," Munzer said. "I just feel surrounded by so much love and I am so fortunate to have such an incredible team by my side."
While tonight was a night to celebrate the seniors, the season is far from over. The Bulldogs play road games at Cornell and Columbia next weekend in need of more wins.
Cornell is 6-6 in league play, one game directly ahead of Yale. The two teams square off on Friday night in Ithaca.
"Lena, Meg and Liz have shown tremendous leadership," Guth said. "These are must-win games and the kids are playing with great poise and confidence."
Notes: The Bulldogs outscored Dartmouth 21-7 in points off the bench led by Megan Gorman's nine points and Tamara Simpson's eight...Yale's Paige Vermeer scored her first two points of the season with two free throws late in the fourth...All of Meghan McIntyre's 12 points came off 3-pointers, she was 4 for 9 in the game...The Bulldogs' third straight win is their second-highest streak of the season, earlier in the year Yale won six in a row.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity