Nov. 18, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's basketball team fought all the way back from a 15-point second half deficit to lead the Bucknell Bison in the closing minute of Tuesday night's contest at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, but Amanda Brown sank two three-pointers in the final sixty seconds to propel the visitors past the Bulldogs by a final score of 73-70. Junior forward Melissa Colborne led Yale with 16 points, and sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht fell just shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Bulldogs are now 1-1 overall, while Bucknell remained perfect in the young season at 2-0.
Junior forward Haywood Wright also tallied double figures with 12 points, as did senior guard Jamie Van Horne, who posted 10 points. Colborne, Gobrecht and freshman Brianna Segerson shared the team lead in assists with two apiece. Brown led all players with 21 points and eight assists.
The first 10 minutes of the game was a back and forth affair, with Bucknell holding a one-point lead at 21-20 with 7:17 remaining in the opening stanza. Over the next 4:34, the Bison strung together a 13-3 run to jump out an 11-point lead, their largest of the first half, at 34-23. Yale whittled the lead down to a more manageable eight points over the final 2:43 of the half, as Bucknell entered the intermission leading by a score 38-30. The Bulldogs shot 9-for-34 (26.5%) from the floor, 2-for-4 (50%) from three-point range and 10-13 (76.9%) from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes of play. The Bison shot a scorching 16-for-31 (51.6%) from the field, sank their lone three-point attempt and went 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the charity stripe. Yale won the turnover battle by an 11-9 margin, and each team hauled in 21 rebounds in the frame.
Bucknell opened the second half on a 9-2 run, jumping out to its largest lead of the night at 47-32. The score wavered over the next 7:14, but the gap remained at 15 points, 60-45, with 8:21 left to play. Less than three minutes later, the game seemed well at hand for the Bison, who led 67-53 with just 5:29 remaining. At that point, the Bulldogs chiseled the lead down to a single point, and a Wright jumper gave Yale its first lead in over 31 minutes of game time, at 68-67. Wright and Segerson each added free throws to complete what was, in total, a 17-0 run over 4:45. With Yale leading 70-67 and under a minute remaining, Bucknell put the ball in the hands of its star. Brown knocked down a triple with 43 seconds left to knot the score at 70-70 and then, after a Yale miss, pulled up and drilled another trey with only 5.4 seconds remaining. In the Bulldogs' last effort, Segerson had to force up a well-contested heave from beyond the arc as time expired. The toss hit the side of the iron, and Bucknell escaped the Elm City with a 73-70 victory.
"That stretch was very reflective of the way we want to play," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, of the fast-paced transition game that sparked Yale's comeback. "We just let ourselves fall too far behind before we really started to click."
For the game, the Bulldogs were 25-for-72 (34.7%) from the field, 2-for-10 from three-point range and 18-for-24 (75%) on free throws. Bucknell shot 30-for-63 (47.6%) from the floor, 3-for-4 (75%) from downtown and 10-for-13 (76.9%) from the foul line. Yale committed 19 turnovers compared to 21 from the Bison and also outrebounded the visitors, 46-37. Yale hauled in an impressive 23 offensive rebounds, led by four from Gobrecht, which led to 30 second chance points.
The Bulldogs are back in action this weekend at the Subway Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota. Yale will meet North Carolina State on Saturday, Nov. 22 and will play either American or the host Golden Gophers on Sunday, Nov. 23. The next home contest will be an afternoon match-up with the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, Dec. 21.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity
video by David Dikranian