Bulldogs Head to Brown for Friday Night Clash

Bulldogs Head to Brown for Friday Night Clash

Jan. 22, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women’s basketball team looks for its first Ivy League win of the season, making the trip to Providence, R.I. for a clash at Brown. The Bears downed the Bulldogs, 64-62, last Friday in New Haven in the 2008-09 Ivy League opener for both teams. Fans can listen in on WYBC 1340 AM, Yale’s student radio station, or at WYBC.com as Xander Dominitz calls the action beginning at 7 p.m. Yale enters the contest at 7-8 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Selected to finish eighth in the Ivy League, Brown enters tonight’s contest with a record of 3-12 overall and 1-0 in Ivy League play. The Bears are led by Karly Grace, who is averaging 8.2 points per game, and Natalie Bonds, who is hauling in 5.1 rebounds per contest.

The Bulldogs erased a 17-point second-half deficit against Brown in the Ivy League opener on Jan. 16 to eventually tie the visiting Bears with just 45 seconds remaining. However, the Bulldogs’ rally remained incomplete as a pair of Amy Ehrhart free throws with 2.8 seconds left proved to be the difference, as Brown escaped the John J. Lee Amphitheater with a 64-62 win. Senior guard Jamie Van Horne led all players with 16 points. Sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht scored 14 points and dished out seven assists. Sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield netted eight points, and junior forward Haywood Wright tallied seven points, a team-best seven rebounds and three blocked shots for Yale. Courtney Lee scored a team high 12 points for the Bears en route to earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors.

With their win on Friday night, the Bears lead the all-time series 42-25. The Bulldogs swept the home-and-home series with Brown in the 2007-08 campaign. Junior Melissa Colborne averaged 15.5 points and senior Jamie Van Horne averaged 14.5 points in those two contests last season. Yale has not been swept by Brown since the 2005-06 season.

The Yale vs. Harvard women’s basketball game on Feb. 6 will be televised live on the YES Network as part of the Yale on YES package this winter. Additionally, the men’s games again Princeton on Fri., Feb. 13 and against Columbia on Sat., Feb. 21 will air live on Yale on YES.

“Our team is definitely excited to have our game against Harvard televised, but I also think this is really good for women’s basketball,” said Coach Gobrecht. “Yale and Harvard represent what intercollegiate athletics should be about and fans of the game will see the kind of intensity, all-out play and team attitudes that make our game popular.”

After netting five points on Jan. 16 against Brown, junior forward Melissa Colborne sits just 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Colborne, a first team All-Ivy selection in 2007-08, ranks second among Ivy League players and 58th in the nation with 17.0 points per game so far this season. She will be the 16th member of Yale’s 1,000-Point Club, and will be just the seventh Bulldog to reach the milestone in three seasons.

Yale was 7-7 in Ivy League last season, its best conference record since the 2001-02 campaign. The Bulldogs last above-.500 finish in league play came in the 1997-98 campaign, when the squad finished 8-6. Yale’s lone Ivy League Championship came in the 1978-79 season.

Once again in 2008-09, Bulldogs’ fans can watch home games from the John J. Lee Amphitheater live and free of charge via the Yale All*Access package. All Yale All*Access content will also be archived on yalebulldogs.com. The webcasts include audio commentary by WYBC, Yale’s student radio station. To access the feed, simply click on the Yale All*Access logo in the upper right corner of the Yale Athletics home page, or the “watch” link on the schedule. Viewers will need to create an account by entering a username and password. Since it is airing live on the YES Network, the Feb. 6 contest against Harvard will not be a part of the Yale All*Access package.

The Bulldogs return home next weekend for Ivy League games against Columbia and Cornell on Jan. 30 and 31. The weekend will be a part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone initiative to promote breast cancer awareness.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity