ITHACA, N.Y. – In a game with tremendous playoff implications, Cornell (16-10, 7-6 Ivy) defeated Yale (14-12, 5-8 Ivy) 59-49 to eliminate the Bulldogs from postseason contention.
Yale came out flat offensively and was held to 1 point in the first quarter, Yale's lowest scoring total in any quarter this season. The Bulldogs came alive offensively in the second quarter, outscoring the Big Red 18-11 to pull within 7 at halftime. The game was played fairly evenly in the second half, but Yale could never get all the way back in a 10-point loss.
Yale had a three-game winning streak entering the game, which put the team into position to contend for a playoff spot. Although the run came up short, it was admirable that the Bulldogs came so close after a 2-7 start to conference play. A win would have put Yale in the driver's seat for the fourth and final playoff spot, a position that Cornell now occupies.
Lena Munzer led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Elizabeth Haley led all players with a career-high 13 rebounds. Jen Berkowitz, the reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, struggled offensively, scoring just 3 points, although she did collect 9 rebounds.
Yale was able to hold Cornell's normally potent 3-point shooting in check, as the Big Red went just 2-for-11 from long range. However, Yale went just 6-for-23 from 3-point range and shot 25.4% from the field overall.
Nia Marshall was honored before the game for becoming Cornell's all-time leading scorer last week, and she tied for the game-high with 15 points. Nicholle Aston also scored 15 points for the Big Red, and both players grabbed 9 rebounds.
Yale closes out its season with Saturday's game at Columbia at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will look to rebound from the disappointment of missing the playoffs and finish the season on a high note.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity