Bulldogs Open 2008-09 Season With Win at Holy Cross, 65-63

Nov. 15, 2008

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Melissa Colborne scored 14 points and sophomore Mady Gobrecht hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds to propel the Yale women's basketball team to a 65-63 victory over non-conference foe Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. The win was the first season-opening victory for the Bulldogs since the 2001-02 campaign.

The Bulldogs are now 1-0, while Holy Cross fell to 0-1. The win was the 450th in the coaching career of Yale Head Coach Chris Gobrecht.

Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield and junior forward Haywood Wright joined Colborne in double-figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Crusaders' Briana McFadden led all players in scoring with 24 points in the losing effort.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 10 points in the opening half, led by eight points by Colborne and freshman Brianna Segerson, who finished with nine points in 23 minutes of action in her collegiate debut. Yale shot 11-for-30 (36.7%) from the floor and 12-for-16 (75%) from the free throw line in the stanza, as they entered the intermission holding a 35-27 advantage.

Yale led by as many 18 points in the second half, but the Crusaders battled back, led by 14 points after halftime from McFadden. With the lead cut all the way to seven points at 64-57, McFadden converted a three-point play with just nine seconds remaining that but the Crusaders back within striking distance. Greenfield, however, came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs, sinking a free throw with eight ticks left on the clock that extended the lead back to five. Bethany O'Dell sank a three-pointer with two seconds left to close the gap to 65-63, but Holy Cross was unable to regain possession of the ball, as the two-point lead held up for a Yale victory.

Mady Gobrecht added seven points for the Bulldogs and senior Ashley Easley netted five. Seniors Jamie Van Horne and Kaitlyn Lillemoe each contributed three points, both in the form of three-point field goals, and junior Ashley Carter rounded out the Yale scoring with two points.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 18, as they open their 2008-09 home slate with a non-conference clash with Bucknell. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven is scheduled for 7 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity