Jan. 31, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior forward Haywood Wright scored a team-high 13 points and hauled in six rebounds, but the Yale women's basketball team never found its stroke at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night, falling to Ivy League opponent Cornell in a defensive struggle by a score of 57-42.
With the loss, Yale falls to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play. Big Red improves to 7-9 on the season and 3-1 in the Ancient Eight.
"Not to take anything away from Cornell, but we really beat ourselves by shooting that poorly," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale. "Any time a team shoots 31% makes for a very rough night at the office."
Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield joined Wright in double figures with 11 points for Yale. Sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht netted six points and posted team highs with seven boards and five assists. Freshman Michelle Cashen scored five points, junior Melissa Colborne notched four points and senior captain Jamie Van Horne rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring with three points. Cornell's Allie Fedorowicz led all scorers with 17 points, while Lauren Benson tallied 15 for Big Red.
The Bulldogs netted just one field goal over the first 8:55 of the game, quickly falling behind by a score of 17-5. Yale notched the next four points of the contest to cut the lead to eight points at 17-9, but a Benson three-pointer promptly brought the lead back to 11 points at 20-9. The first-half margin grew as large as 17 points and the Bulldogs entered the intermission trailing by 15, 30-15.
The Bulldogs shot just 6-for-26 (23.1%) from the floor in the first half and failed to convert a three-pointer on six attempts. Big Red, on the other hand, shot 11-for-26 (42.3%), including a sizzling 4-for-7 (57.1%) from beyond the arc. Yale won the turnover battle by a 10-7 margin, but Cornell crashed the boards to the tune of 24 rebounds, as compared to 15 for the home team.
The two teams played an even second half, as each poured in 27 points after halftime, and the 15-point margin held up as Cornell left the Elm City with a 57-42 victory. The Bulldogs committed a season-low 12 turnovers for the game, but the squad shot just 17-for-54 (31.5%) from the floor and knocked down only one three-pointer on 14 attempts (7.1%). Yale, a 74.4% foul shooter entering the contest, also shot an uncharacteristic 7-for-19 (36.8%) from the stripe.
The Bulldogs will host another weekend homestand on Feb. 6 and 7, as Harvard and Dartmouth make the trip to New Haven. The contest against Harvard will air live on the YES Network beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, while Dartmouth visits Lee Amphitheater on Saturday at 6 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity
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