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Yale Tripped Up At Columbia

Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michelle Cashen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lions Take Control Of Game In Second Half And Hold On For Win


NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Yale University women's basketball team turned up the offensive effort in the second half on Friday to power past Cornell. On Saturday, the tables were turned on the Bulldogs.

Four players scored in double figures in leading Columbia to a 67-57 win in Ivy League action Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium on the Columbia University campus.

Melissa Shafer came off the bench to lead the Lions (5-15, 4-2 Ivy League) with 14 points. Brianna Orlich led the starters with 13 points and four assists. Kathleen Barry had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Taylor Ball added 10 points.

Sophomore guard Megan Vasquez scored 17 points and tallied four steals to lead Yale (8-12, 4-2). Sophomore guard Allie Messimer came off the bench to pour in 12 points, while junior forward Michelle Cashen added 10 points and five rebounds.

Trailing 22-17 after Barry hit a short jumper with 9:20 left in the first half, Yale's defense kicked in and shut the Columbia offense down for a 6:00 span when Orlich drained a 3-pointer at 3:20 to get the Lions back on track. During that defensive stand, the Bulldogs were able to get their offense rolling, using a 12-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 29-22 lead. Messimer scored five points to fuel the run and senior captain Yoyo Greenfield drained a 3-pointer with 5:53 left in the half to score her first points since returning Friday from a 13-game absence due to a concussion.

However, when Orlich drained that 3-pointer, it kickstarted an 11-0 run that put Columbia back on top. The Lions outscored the Bulldogs 13-3 over the final 3:19 of the half to go into the halftime break leading 35-32. Vasquez drained a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left for Yale's only points in that stretch.

Columbia held Yale to just one field goal in the first 6:20 of the second half while putting together an 11-3 run to open the half, which gave the Lions a 46-35 lead and effectively put the game out of reach. Yale trimmed the deficit to 52-48 on a 3-pointer from Messimer with 8:08 left but Columbia responded with an 11-2 run to take a 63-50 lead with 1:46 left, securing the victory.

Yale is off until next weekend when it returns home to take on Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs play host to the Crimson on Friday and the Big Green on Saturday. The tip off for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m. in John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity