Dec. 7, 2008
THE EMPIRE (STATE) STRIKES BACK
After a nine-day hiatus, the Yale women's basketball team plays the back end of a four-contest swing in New York this week. The Bulldogs will first travel to Stony Brook for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Seawolves on Monday, Dec. 8, then trek to West Point to meet Patriot League opponent Army at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Yale enters the week at 3-3 in the 2008 season.
A WILD(CAT) WEEKEND
The Bulldogs lost an 87-82 nailbiter to the Kentucky Wildcats at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic hosted by Long Island University on Nov. 28. Yale rebounded in the day two action in Brooklyn with a 76-55 win over the New Hampshire Wildcats.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
Selected to finish ninth in the America East Conference, the Stony Brook University Seawolves enter the week winless at 0-7. Most recently, Stony Brook dropped a 62-51 decision to Northeastern on Saturday afternoon. The Seawolves are led by 8.6 points per game from sophomore guard Misha Horsey. Stony Brook leads the all-time series with Yale 2-1, though the Bulldogs won the most recent meeting, an 81-64 tilt at the John J. Lee Amphitheater last December.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
The Army Black Knights are projected for a fourth place finish in the Patriot League. After a 55-49 win at Drexel on Friday, the third straight win for the Black Knights, Army now stands at 4-4 in the 2008-09 campaign. Senior guard Alex McGuire and sophomore forward Erin Anthony lead the Army offense with 12.1 points per game apiece. With a 60-59 win over the Bulldogs in December 2002, the Black Knights now lead the all-time series with Yale by a mark of 13-9.
Chris Gobrecht: THE JOEL E. SMILOW, CLASS OF 1954 HEAD COACH OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Chris Gobrecht, now in her 29th season as a Division I head coach, has amassed a career 452-372 (.549) record, ranking her 31st among active coaches in career victories. The ninth coach in the 36-year history of Yale women's basketball, Gobrecht has more career victories than any other active basketball coach (men's or women's) in the Ivy League. In her tenure at Yale, she has he has coached an Ivy League Rookie of the Year (Melissa Colborne, 2006-07) and two first team All-Ivy players (Colborne, 2007-08 and Erica Davis, 2006-07). Prior to Gobrecht's arrival in the Elm City, a Bulldog player had not earned first team accolades since the 1997-98 campaign. In her third season at Yale, Gobrecht led the Bulldogs to a 7-7 record in the Ivy League, their best conference record since 2001-02. Despite a non-conference schedule that included eventual National Finalist Stanford, as well as NCAA Tournament participants Arizona State and Marist, the Bulldogs posted nine wins, the team's second-highest victory total in the last six seasons.
LEADING THE WAY
Junior forward Melissa Colborne, a first team All-Ivy selection in 2007-08, leads all Ancient Eight players with 17.8 points per game so far this season. Colborne averaged 15.7 points per game last year, the second-highest average in the Ivy League.
AN ALL-TOURNAMENT REPEAT
Junior forward Melissa Colborne averaged 19.5 points per game in match-ups with Kentucky and New Hampshire en route to earning a slot on the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic All-Tournament Team this past week. Colborne and Haywood Wright were named to the Subway Classic All-Tournament team for their efforts against North Carolina State and Minnesota on Nov. 22 and 23.
NEWS FROM DOWNTOWN
With a three-pointer with 5:15 remaining the second half against Kentucky on Nov. 28, her fourth of five treys on the day, senior Jamie Van Horne eclipsed Tory Mauseth '05 to become Yale's all-time leader in career three-point field goals. Van Horne, who has nailed 17 triples in 2008-09, has connected on 170 three-pointers in her career. The captain of the Bulldogs sank 59 three-pointers in 2007-08, the second highest single-season total in Yale history. The single-season mark at Yale belongs to Maria Smear `03, who sank 62 treys in the 2000-01 season.
After allowing 87 points in consecutive losses to Minnesota and Kentucky, the Bulldogs stepped up on the defensive end of the floor against New Hampshire Nov. 29 at Long Island University. Yale forced 26 turnovers and surrendered a season-low 55 points to the Wildcats en route to running away with a 76-55 victory. Offensively, sophomore guard Yoyo Greenfield led all scorers and set a new career high with 19 points.
`TWAS FOUR DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The holiday season descends upon the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday, Dec. 21 as the Bulldogs are back in action against in-state rival Quinnipiac in a 1 p.m. contest. The 2008 "Christmas Clash" will feature candy canes, Christmas music and a visit from Santa Claus. Other events planned for the 200-09 campaign include Yale Employee Night on Jan. 16 and Youth Day on Jan. 31. Feb. 7 will host two promotions, the WBCA "Pack the House" challenge and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity