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Yale Faces Brown in Ivy League Home Opener

Tamara Simpson (Photo by Steve Musco)
Tamara Simpson (Photo by Steve Musco)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale (9-7, 0-3 Ivy) takes on Brown (11-5, 2-1 Ivy) in its Ivy League home opener, which will be the second of consecutive games against the Bears. The game starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater, and it will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Yale men host Brown in the second game of the doubleheader at 8 p.m., and a men's ticket is valid for entry to the women's game. The Brown women beat Yale women 76-73 last Friday after the Bulldogs came back from a 35-17 deficit before falling just short in the final seconds.


Yale vs. Brown Last Friday

Yale struggled in the early stages against Brown last week. The Bears led 21-6 in the first quarter, and 35-17 in the second quarter. Yale continued to claw its way back into the game from that point on, and the Bulldogs got to within two points late in the fourth quarter. A 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed, or else the game would have headed to overtime.


Lena Munzer led all scorers with 22 points, Mary Ann Santucci tied a career high with 13 points, and Tamara Simpson tied a season high with 7 steals. Simpson ranks 2nd in career steals in program history, and she is now within 14 steals of tying Yale's all-time record. Munzer and Simpson were both named to Ivy League Honor Roll for their performances. Brown's Shayna Mehta was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week after leading her team with 20 points in the win.


Yale Season Leaders

Senior Lena Munzer leads the Bulldogs with 13.6 points per game, is tied for the team lead with 2.8 assists per game, and ranks second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior Jen Berkowitz is second behind Munzer with 12.9 points per game, and she leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. Berkowitz also leads the Ivy League with a .532 field goal percentage. Junior Tamara Simpson ranks third on the team with 10.8 points per game and leads the Ivy League with 2.8 steals per game.


Report on the Brown Bears

Brown plays at a fast pace with an offense that leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage. The Bears lead the Ivy League by a wide margin with 74.4 points per game and rank last by a similarly wide margin with 68.4 points allowed per game. Yale has made and attempted more 3-pointers than any other Ivy League team, and Brown ranks last in 3-point field goal percentage against.


Brown has an extremely young roster, with no seniors and just two juniors on the team, one of whom has not seen any game action this season. Brown's top seven scorers and top five rebounders are all freshmen and sophomores. Freshman Justine Gaziano leads Brown with 19.2 points per game (24.7 per game in Ivy League play). Sophomores Taylor Will, Shayna Mehta, and Erika Steeves join her in double figures. Steeves also leads the team in rebounds with 9.2 per game; no other player is averaging more than 5.


Brown finished 7th in the Ivy League last season at 15-13 (3-11 Ivy). But the Bears' 11-5 (2-1 Ivy) start this season, with wins over Princeton and Yale, proves that this year's team is a stronger group than the one Yale beat by an average of 18 points in two meetings last season. But Yale will be eager to pick up where it left off in the second half of last Friday's game in order to exact revenge at home.


Next Up

After Friday's game, the Bulldogs stay at home for two more Ivy League contests. Yale faces Columbia next Friday, Feb. 3, and Cornell next Saturday, Feb. 4. Both games start at 6 p.m.


Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity