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Cincinnati Pulls Away Late for 66-52 Win

Megan Gorman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Megan Gorman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Yale women's basketball team hung tough against Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena Wednesday night, remaining within three points of the Bearcats until late in the third quarter. But Cincinnati pulled away with a 13-4 run that lasted from the tail end of the third until midway through the fourth, eventually coming away with a 66-52 win. Junior guard Roxy Barahman led the Bulldogs with 26 points, while sophomore guard Tori Andrew and junior forward Megan Gorman had nine each. Andrew added five assists to lead the Bulldogs in that category, while first-year forward Camilla Emsbo led the team in rebounds with five. Guard Nikira Goings led the Bearcats with 20 points.

Trailing 29-26 at the half, Yale (2-3, 0-0 Ivy League) tied the game momentarily, 33-33, on a three-pointer by Barahman at 6:22 of the third. But the Bearcats ended the quarter on a 17-9 run, closing it out with a 50-42 lead thanks to a three-pointer by guard Sam Rodgers.

Cincinnati (4-2, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) built its lead up to 17 in the fourth before a late three-pointer by Barahman made the final 66-52.

The Bearcats held a 51-27 advantage in rebounds, negating a slight turnover advantage for the Bulldogs (17 turnovers for Cincinnati, 12 for Yale). Cincinnati got 29 points from its bench, led by 14 from forward Imar'I Thomas.

"We gave up too many rebounds and second-chance points," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1952 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "And we are not converting very well at the free throw line."

Yale remains in Ohio, traveling to play at Youngstown State on Friday night. The Bulldogs will spend Thanksgiving with the family of sophomore forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity