Quakers Hold Off Bulldogs, 54-48

Tori Andrew. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Andrew. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA – Seeking another big road Ivy League win and trying to forge a tie atop the Ivy League standings, the Yale women's basketball team took first-place Penn down to the final minute on Saturday night at the Palestra. But after the Bulldogs rallied from a 16 point deficit to get within two of the Quakers, a Yale shot that would have tied the game came up short with 18 seconds left. Penn then put the game away at the free throw line, hanging on for a 54-48 win that left the Bulldogs in a tie for second place.

Yale (14-7, 4-2 Ivy League) was coming off scoring a school record for points in an emotional 96-86 overtime win at Princeton Friday -- the Bulldogs' first win at Jadwin Gym in 10 years. The Bulldogs could not carry over any momentum from that win, however. Penn (15-3, 5-0 Ivy League) limited Yale to 32 percent shooting in the first half and took advantage of 10 Bulldog turnovers get ahead early. The Quakers got their lead to double digits with 1:03 left in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs got no closer than six the rest of the half. Penn led 33-20 at halftime.

Yale started to make things interesting by outscoring the Quakers 15-8 in the third quarter, capped by late three-pointers from first-year guard Robin Gallagher and junior forward Bronwyn Davies. That last one cut Penn's lead to 41-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs kept chipping away at the lead in the fourth, getting points from four different players. A three-pointer from junior guard Roxy Barahman off an inbounds pass from sophomore guard Tori Andrew cut the Penn lead to 50-48 with :26 left, and after a Yale foul Penn made only one of two free throws. That gave the Bulldogs a chance to tie the game, but after Barahman's shot missed Penn forward Princess Aghayere came down with the biggest of her nine rebounds for the night. She made a pair of free throws, and another one by guard Phoebe Sterba made the final 54-48.

Penn had won its three most recent Ivy games by a total of 65 points, including a 40 point win vs. Brown on Friday.

Barahman finished with 14 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Andrew added 10. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo led the team in rebounds (eight), with junior forward Megan Gorman chipping in seven. Yale had a 46-43 advantage on the boards and a 16-6 advantage in bench scoring.

Yale, which has won nine of its last 11, hosts Columbia at Lee Amphitheater next Friday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity