Jan. 4, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It had been over 27 years since the Yale women's basketball team's one and only meeting with St. Bonaventure- a Dec. 5 tilt at the 1981 Iona Invitational that the Bulldogs won in convincing fashion by a score of 82-30. More than a quarter century later, the Bonnies returned the favor with a 68-35 win over the Bulldogs on Sunday at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven.
With the loss, Yale falls to 5-7 on the season. The Bonnies won their third straight contest to improve to 11-4.
"St. Bonaventure is a better team than we are, but they aren't that much better," said Chris Gobrecht, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "This was a very poor effort on our part."
Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield led the Yale scoring effort with 12 points, sharing the game-high with Dana Mitchell of St. Bonaventure. Junior guard Melissa Colborne netted 11 points for the Bulldogs, marking the 13th consecutive game in which she has scored in double figures. Senior captain Jamie Van Horne tallied five points for Yale, freshman forward Michelle Cashen contributed four, junior forward Haywood Wright added two and freshman guard Brianna Segerson added a free throw to round out the Bulldogs' scoring. Cashen led Yale under the boards with five rebounds.
The Bonnies scored the first two points of the game and never looked back, jumping out to a 28-10 lead with 2:30 remaining in the half. Yale connected on just one field goal, a three-pointer from Van Horne, in the opening 17:30 of the game. The Bulldogs hit just four field goals and trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half as the Bonnies entered the intermission leading comfortably, 36-16.
The Bonnies' Andrea Doneth led all players with eight points in the first half on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance. Colborne headed the Yale scoring with seven points. St. Bonaventure only outrebounded Yale by one, 16-15, and the turnover battle was deadlocked at 10-10 entering halftime. However, Yale shot a dismal 4-for-22 (18.2%) from the floor compared to a red-hot 16-for-26 (61.5%) half by the visitors. Yale was just 1-for-6 (16.7%) from three-point range, while the Bonnies connected on three of their four attempts from downtown. The Bulldogs, who entered the game with an Ivy League-leading .759 free throw percentage, were just 7-for-12 (58.3%) from the charity stripe. St. Bonaventure connected on its lone free throw attempt in the half.
Yoyo Greenfield started the second half with a layup on the Bulldogs' opening possession, but St. Bonaventure proceeded to put together a 20-2 run over a span of 10:46 that put the game well out of reach at 56-20 with 9:12 remaining. The visitors maintained a lead of 31 points or greater for the rest of the game and, when the final buzzer sounded, left the court with a 33-point edge, 68-35.
Yale managed just 11 field goals for the game on 47 attempts (18.2%) and shot 2-for-13 (15.4%) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs' free throw shooting was also inconsistent at 11-for-19 (57.9%). St. Bonaventure wrapped up the game shooting 30-for-55 (54.5%) from the floor, 4-for-7 (57.1%) from deep and 4-for-8 (50%) from the foul line. The Bonnies outrebounded Yale 38-30 for the game and won the turnover battle by a 19-18 margin.
Cara Gustafson joined Mitchell in double figures for the Bonnies with 10 points. Megan Van Tatenhove led all players with six rebounds.
The Bulldogs will continue their non-conference homestand on Jan. 9, as Division I independent New Jersey Institute of Technology visits the Elm City. Tip-off from the John J. Lee Amphitheater is scheduled for 7 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity