Nov. 22, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Junior forward Melissa Colborne scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second half and senior guard Jamie Van Horne celebrated her birthday with five three-pointers to lead the Yale women's basketball team to an upset, 65-61 victory over North Carolina State. The win was the first all-time for the Bulldogs in six contests over teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
With the win, Yale improved to 2-1 on the year, while the Wolfpack suffered their first setback of the season, dropping to 3-1.
Van Horne's five triples accounted for all 15 of her points on the game. Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield also reached double figures with 10 points. Junior forward Haywood Wright led Yale with six rebounds, including three off of the offensive glass, and Greenfield, Colborne and sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht each distributed a team-best three assists.
"This is the type of game we are capable of playing," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach for Women's Basketball at Yale. "We were effective running the floor offensively, and our defense played tough and forced difficult shots."
The game started as a back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading baskets over the opening stretch. North Carolina State never went on a run greater than six points, but managed to steadily open up a lead that grew to 10 points, 30-20, with 4:26 remaining in the first half. Yale put together a late surge that shrunk the margin to two points, and entered the intermission trailing by four points at 34-30.
Colborne and Van Horne led all scorers in the first half with nine points each, while Wright hauled in a half-best four rebounds. Freshman Michelle Cashen added three points for the Bulldogs in the opening frame, and Wright, Gobrecht, junior Ashley Carter and freshman Brianna Segerson each added a field goal. Greenfield connected on one of her two free throw attempts in the half to round out the Yale scoring. Sophomore forward Tia Bell led North Carolina State with eight points in the stanza.
The four-point cushion for the Wolfpack held up until a Greenfield bucket with 13:42 remaining pushed the score to 40-38. That field goal was the start of a 19-6 run, fueled by six points from Colborne and five from Greenfield, that propelled the Bulldogs to a game-high 11 point advantage at 57-46. North Carolina State responded immediately with a 10 point spurt that cut the Yale lead to one point at 57-56. After a Colborne free throw expanded the lead back to two points with 2:37 remaining, Wolfpack senior Shayla Fields knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to tie the score. Colborne responded with two free throws of her own, and Gobrecht knocked down a mid-range jumper to give the Bulldogs a four-point cushion at 62-58 with just 80 seconds remaining. Greenfield then posted a pair of free throws and, after Bonae Holston hit a three to cut the lead down to three, hit a third foul shot to run the score to its eventual final of 65-61.
The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow at the Subway Classic. Yale will play the winner of American vs. Minnesota at 1 p.m. 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