November 21, 2008

Bulldogs Head to North Star State for Subway Classic

Nov. 21, 2008

Complete Game Notes as PDF

A TWIN BILL IN THE TWIN CITIES
The Yale women's basketball team heads to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Subway Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Yale challenges North Carolina State on Nov. 22 at 12 p.m. (ET) and wraps up the event against either American University or host Minnesota on Nov. 23 (game time TBA).

HOME HEARTBREAKER
The Bulldogs lost their home opener on Tuesday evening to Bucknell by a score of 73-70. Yale came back from a 15-point second-half deficit to lead the visiting Bison with less than one minute remaining, but a pair of three-pointers by Bucknell's Amanda Brown, including the game-winner with 5.4 seconds remaining, squashed the Bulldogs' comeback hopes.

STARTING STRONG
For the first time since the 2001-02 campaign, Yale started a season at 1-0 after defeating Holy Cross on Saturday, Nov. 15 by a score of 65-63. Junior forward Melissa Colborne netted 14 points to lead the Bulldogs, while sophomore forward Mady Gobrecht added seven points and a game- and career-high 11 rebounds.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK
Selected to finish eighth out of 12 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina State Wolfpack enter the weekend at 3-0. Most recently, the Wolfpack hosted and defeated Elon by a score of 65-41. Senior guard Shayla Fields leads three players averaging in double figures with 17.3 points per game in the young season. North Carolina State finished the 2007-08 campaign at 21-13, advancing to the semifinals of the postseason WNIT. In their only previous meeting with the Bulldogs, a neutral site encounter in the 1997-98 season, the Wolfpack earned an 83-53 victory.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The defending regular season champions (18-14, 11-3 in 2007-08) in the Patriot League, the American University Eagles were selected to finish third of eight teams in the 2008-09 preseason poll. After knocking off cross-city rival Howard on Wednesday night, 77-50, the Eagles enter the Subway Classic with a record of 3-0. Sophomore forward Michelle Kirk leads American in scoring this season with an average of 13.7 points per contest. The Eagles won their only meeting with the Bulldogs, a 74-65 overtime game on Jan. 7, 1983.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
The Minnesota Golden Gophers, tabbed to finish fifth in the Big Ten Preseason Poll, enter their home tournament at 2-1 The Golden Gophers lone loss came in Palo Alto, Calif. at the hands of No. 2 nationally-ranked Stanford. Most recently, Minnesota downed North Dakota State on Wednesday night by a score of 68-56. Senior guard Emily Fox, a 2007-08 first team All-Big Ten selection, has posted 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season. Junior guard Katie Ohm leads the Golden Gophers with 16.3 points per game. A meeting between Minnesota and the Bulldogs would be the first ever.

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