Nov. 28, 2008
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Yale women's basketball team played Kentucky to a deadlock for 39 minutes and 45 seconds on Friday afternoon at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic, but the Wildcats went on a 5-0 run over the final 15 seconds to knock off the Bulldogs by a score of 87-82. Junior forward Melissa Colborne led all scorers in the contest with a season-high 24 points. Senior guard Jamie Van Horne scored 19 points. Her five three-point field goals brought her career total to 167, making her the all-time leader in career three-point field goals at Yale. Tory Mauseth '05 hit 165 treys from 2002-05.
With the loss, Yale falls to 2-3 on the season. Kentucky improved to 3-1 with the win.
Colborne and Van Horne led four Bulldogs in double-figures on the day. Sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht netted 12 points, and junior forward Haywood Wright poured in 10 and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Van Horne, Gobrecht and freshman guard Brianna Segerson led the way in assists with four apiece.
The first half was a back-and forth affair, consisting of 10 ties and eight lead changes, and remaining within four points for the duration of the half. The Yale offense strung together its most prolific half of the season, netting 43 points bef ore the intermission. A Van Horne trifecta at the buzzer punctuated the performance and sent the Bulldogs into the locker room with a 43-39 advantage.
Colborne led all scorers in the frame with 14 points. Amani Franklin led the Wildcats with 11 first half points. The Bulldogs shot 16-for-37 (43.2%) from the floor, 3-for-5 (60%) from behind the three-point arc and 8-for-11 (72.7%) from the free throw line. Kentucky shot 17-for-33 (51.5%) from the field, 1-for-3 (33.3%) from downtown and 4-for-9 (44.4%) from the charity stripe. Yale was outrebounded 26-18, but won the turnover battle by a 16-9 margin.
The game remained tight in the second stanza, as the score became tied for the 14th time, at 62-62, with just over 10 minutes remaining. At that point, the Wildcats caught fire, while the Bulldogs went cold, and the score jumped to 72-62 in favor of Kentucky with seven minutes on the clock. The lead held at nine points, 82-73, with 2:11 remaining, at which point it was Yale's turn to make a run. Led by three points each from Wright, Van Horne and Colborne, the Bulldogs tied the score at 82-82 with just 28 seconds remaining. Carly Ormerod netted a layup with 15 seconds remaining to break the tie, and the Wildcats added three free throws while the Bulldogs failed to score again. When the final buzzer sounded, Kentucky escaped day one of the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic with an 87-82 win.
The Bulldogs shot 31-for-71 (43.7%) from the field, 7-for-17 (41.2%) from three-point range and 13-for-18 (73.2%) from the foul line. The Wildcats shot a scorching 35-for-63 (55.6%) from the floor, 3-for-8 (37.5%) from behind the arc and 14-for-24 (54.3%) from the stripe. Ormerod and Amber Smith led Kentucky with 17 points each. Franklin totaled 15 for the Wildcats, and Lydia Watkins also reached double figures with 16 points.
The Bulldogs will wrap up action at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic tomorrow against New Hampshire, who fell to the host Blackbirds on Friday, 74-60. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity