Dec. 10, 2008
WEST POINT, N.Y. - For the second time this week, the Yale women's basketball team went into the final two minutes of a game with the score tied. And, for the second time this week, the Bulldogs ended up on the losing end of a hard-fought battle. This time, it was Army coming back to grab a 62-60 victory on Wednesday night from Christl Arena on the campus of the United States Military Academy. Senior guard Jamie Van Horne knocked down four three-point field goals en route sharing the game high of 16 points with Army's Alex McGuire.
With the loss, Yale falls to 3-5 on the young season. The Black Knights, now winners of their last four contests, improved to 5-4.
"Plain and simple: we need to learn how to finish games," said Chris Gobrecht, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, of her team's fourth loss by five points of fewer this season.
Joining Van Horne in double figures for Yale were sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield with 11 points and junior forward Melissa Colborne with 10. Colborne also dished out a game- and career-best eight assists, and junior forward Haywood Wright led all players in rebounds with nine.
Defense reigned in the opening minutes of the game, as the squads accounted for six held balls, seven turnovers and 14 missed shots en route to a 10-8 Yale lead with 11:34 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs' defense remained tough over the next stretch of action, while the offense heated up to the tune of an 8-3 run, led by two three-pointers from Van Horne. Yale's momentum continued through the eight-minute media timeout and, at the next media stoppage with 3:53 remaining, the Bulldogs had built up a 10-point cushion at 27-17. The double-digit advantage held up into the intermission, as Yale entered the break leading by a score of 32-21. The 21 points allowed by the Bulldogs marked the best defensive effort of any half this season.
Van Horne led all scorers in the first half with eight points. Colborne added seven and a half-best five assists. Wright led the way on the glass with four first-half rebounds. Megan Evans led Army with six points in the frame and matched Wright's half high of four rebounds. As a team, Yale shot 11-for-23 (47.8%) from the field, 3-for-6 (50%) from three-point range and 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line. Army shot 7-for-22 (31.8%) from the floor, 0-for-2 from downtown and 7-for-10 (70%) from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Black Knights 16-14 and won the turnover battle by a 12-10 margin.
The Black Knights cut the deficit in the opening minutes of the second half, starting the stanza on a 15-7 run that cut the lead to three points at 39-36. A Van Horne triple ended the run and sparked Yale on a 7-2 spurt that brought the lead back to eight points at 46-38 entering a media timeout at 11:46. Army grabbed those five points back over the next four minutes, pushing the score to 54-51 and inducing a Yale timeout at 7:50. Army finally battled back to tie the score at 57-57 with an even five minutes left, and took the lead soon after at 58-57. A pair of free throws extended the lead to three points at 60-57, but a Van Horne trey, her fourth of the contest, knotted the score at 60-60 with 1:55 remaining. After each team made an empty trip down the floor, McGuire sank a pair of free throws at 1:02 left that gave the home team a two point edge. The 62-60 score proved to be the final, as the Black Knights escaped with a comeback victory.
For the game, Yale shot 19-for-48 (39.6%) from the field, 7-for-15 (46.7%) from beyond the arc and 15-for-19 (78.9%) from the free throw line. The Black Knights shot 21-for-50 (42%) from the floor, 0-for-6 from downtown and 20-for-28 (71.4%) from the stripe. The Bulldogs won the battle on the board 35-29, but Army edged Yale in turnovers, 23-18.
McGuire, Evans and Erin Anthony all scored in double figures for Army with 16, 14 and 10 points respectively.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday, Dec. 21, as they finally return home to New Haven for a non-conference clash with intra-state rival Quinnipiac. Tip-off from the John J. Lee Amphitheater is scheduled for 1 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity