Cashen's Double-Double Not Enough As Columbia Tops Yale, 77-61

Feb. 21, 2009

Box Score

Freshman forward Michelle Cashen posted her first career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, but the Yale women's basketball team found itself on the short end of a shootout for the second consecutive night, dropping a 77-61 decision at Columbia on Saturday evening. Junior forward Melissa Colborne added 17 points to move into 10th all-time on Yale's career scoring list with 1,121 career points.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 10-14 overall and 3-7 in Ivy League play. Columbia completed a home weekend sweep to improve to 13-11 overall and 6-4 in the Ancient Eight.

"Michelle Cashen was outstanding tonight," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale. "She has really stepped up for this team as of late."

Cashen's 22 points came on 10-for-14 shooting from the floor and a 2-for-3 performance at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht added six points and seven rebounds, and senior captain Jamie Van Horne knocked down two three-pointers to notched six. Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield netted four points, and sophomore forward Victoria Perez scored the first four points of her career to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Columbia jumped out to a quick 16-6 lead, but a three-point play from Cashen sparked a 12-0 run that gave the Bulldogs an 18-16 lead with 10:51 remaining in the half. The Lions netted the next four points to regain the lead, but a Van Horne trey quickly returned the advantage to the Bulldogs at 21-20. Columbia promptly put together a 7-2 spurt to grab a 27-23 lead, and the edge hovered between two and four points until a late Lions' run pushed the score to 40-29 entering the intermission.

Cashen led all scorers with 11 points in the first half, while Colborne added seven. Mady Gobrecht netted six points and hauled in a team-high five rebounds. Judie Lomax and Lauren Dwyer headed the Columbia offense with eight points apiece. Dwyer also grabbed a half-high six boards. Both teams shot well in the half, with Yale knocking down 12 of 28 (42.9%) attempts from the floor and the Lions converting 17 of their 33 (51.5%) field goals. Columbia outrebounded the Bulldogs, 19-16, and won the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin.

Columbia came out firing in the second half, starting the frame on a 16-3 run to grab a commanding 56-32 lead. The Bulldogs chipped away with a 9-2 spurt, but Columbia quickly brought its lead back to 21 points at 62-41 with 11:59 remaining in the contest. Yale battled back again, netting six consecutive points to cut the lead to 15 points and remained competitive, but the deficit was too much to overcome as the clock ran out with the Lions taking a victory, 77-61.

For the game, the Bulldogs shot a solid 24-for-60 (40%) from the floor, but the Lions knocked down half of their 64 field goal attempts and won the battle under the boards, 40-35. Columbia also converted 25 Yale turnovers into 24 points. Judie Lomax, the nation's leading rebounder, hauled in a game-best 18 boards and scored 20 points to lead four Lions in double figures.

"We couldn't keep Lomax off the boards, and that was the difference," said Coach Gobrecht. "She is a tremendous, physical presence, and we had no answer for her."

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend as they wrap-up their 2009 home schedule with Ivy League contests against Penn and Princeton on Feb. 27 and 28. Tip-off from the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven on both Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity