March 12, 2009

Colborne, Cashen Earn All-Ivy Laurels

March 12, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On the heels of a season in which she was the second-most prolific scorer in the Ivy League, Yale junior forward Melissa Colborne has been selected to the 2008-09 All-Ivy Second Team. Additionally, freshman forward Michelle Cashen was named to the All-Ivy Rookie Team.

Colborne led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15.6 points per game. This season, she became the 16th Bulldog to eclipse 1,000 career points and just the seventh to accomplish the feat in three seasons. The Calgary, Alta. native wrapped up her junior season at ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,171 career points. Colborne, the 2006-07 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a 2007-08 First Team All-Ivy honoree, broke the Yale records for free throws made in a game (14), free throws made in a game without a miss (12) and career free throws made (413) this season.

"Melissa worked hard to help us overcome the loss of so many key players," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "I only wish we could have won more games because I believe that is what cost her a spot on the first team."

Cashen is the second Bulldog in as many seasons to earn a slot on the Ivy League Rookie Team. Lindsey Williams, who missed the entirety of 2008-09 due to injury, was an All-Rookie selection last season. Cashen was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after tallying 12 points and eight rebounds at UC Irvine on Dec. 28, and recorded her first career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds on Feb. 21 at Columbia. She saw an increased role, including the first three starts of her career, after junior forward Haywood Wright suffered a season-ending injury in mid-February. Cashen averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds for the season.

"Michelle had to step up when Haywood was injured, and she did a great job for us down the stretch," said Gobrecht.

Cashen and Colborne are among six players who registered a start this year that will be returning to the Bulldogs' roster for the 2009-10 season.

"The best part is that Melissa and Michelle are both back next year, and this team will potentially be the best Yale has ever put on the floor," said Gobrecht.

Brittney Smith of the Ivy League Champion Dartmouth Big Green earned Player of the Year honors. Harvard's Brogan Berry was the unanimous choice among the league's head coaches for Rookie of the Year, and Columbia guard Sara Yee took home Defensive Player of the Year laurels.

Complete Release at IvyLeagueSports.com

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity