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Yale Travels to West Point

The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale at Army West Point Tuesday 7:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Seeking its fifth win in seven games, the Yale women's basketball team heads to Army West Point Tuesday (7:00 p.m., Patriot League Network). The Bulldogs are wrapping up a span that includes 10 games away from Lee Amphitheater in a 34-day stretch.

Bulldogs Pull Out Close Win at Vermont

Yale (6-5, 0-0 Ivy League) fell behind 12-2 in the first four minutes of the game at Vermont Saturday, but rallied to take a 13-12 lead heading into the second quarter. From then on, it was a back-and-forth battle between the Bulldogs and the Catamounts that came down to the wire. A pull-up jumper from junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) with 2:19 left gave Yale a 56-54 lead, and after the teams traded free throws Vermont had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds left. But the Bulldogs forced a tough shot that Catamounts forward Candice Wright missed, and sophomore guard Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) grabbed the rebound. After Andrew hit one free throw, a last-second three-point attempt by Vermont hit the rim to seal the 58-55 Yale win. Barahman finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Andrew added a season-high 15 points.

Ball Control

After committing at least 20 turnovers in each of the three games from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Yale had a season-best nine turnovers in the 58-55 win at Vermont Saturday.

Getting More Helpers

Yale has had 38 assists in the last three games, averaging nearly 13 per game. In the five games immediately prior to that the Bulldogs averaged just over nine assists per game.

Three of a Kind

Over the last three games, sophomore guard Ale Aguirre (La Jolla, Calif.), sophomore guard Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) and first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) have combined to go 16 for 35 (46%) from three-point territory. That included the first career three-pointers for Aguirre (at St. John's) and Emsbo (vs. Saint Peter's).

Getting Defensive

Yale is holding its opponents to a .365 shooting percentage this season. That represents an improvement of 42 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407. Yale is second in the Ivy League in blocked shots per game (4.18).

Barahman All Over Ivy League Leaderboards

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is among the Ivy League's top 12 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 20.6)
  • Steals per game (3rd, 2.2)
  • Assists per game (6th, 3.7)
  • Rebounds per game (12th, 6.4)

She has had four or more assists in four of the last six games. Her shooting percentage this season, .393, is 22 percentage points better than her shooting percentage last season.

Barahman set a career high in points with 29 in the Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. She is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Davenport College at Yale and is a graduate of Oaks Christian.

Pair of Bulldogs Among Ivy's Top Three Rebounders

Yale has two of the top three rebounders in the Ivy League, as first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) is second (8.6 per game) and junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is third (8.5 per game).

Emsbo had a season-high 13 rebounds in Yale's Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. Gorman had a season-high 12 rebounds twice, in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate and the 58-55 win at Vermont.

Emsbo second in the Ivy League in blocks per game (1.8) and is second on the team in scoring (11.3 points per game). She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the week of Nov. 5 after scoring a season-high 21 points in Yale's Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. Her four blocks in that game are tied for her season high, as she also accomplished that feat in the 58-56 win at Youngstown State Nov. 23.

A member of Branford College, Emsbo was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High. ESPN ranked her as the No. 34 best recruit in the country (sixth-best at her position). She was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado.

Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale. She is a graduate of Vero Beach High. The Bulldogs will play in her home state of Florida at the end of December, participating in FAU's Holiday Classic Dec. 28 and 29. That tournament is in Boca Raton, roughly 100 miles from her hometown of Vero Beach.

Wrapping Up Another Road Trip

Yale is finishing a stretch of three straight road games, which includes 900 miles of bus travel in a span of six days. That pales in comparison to the road stretch the Bulldogs completed in November, though. From Nov. 7 through Dec. 3 the Bulldogs did not play at home, playing seven straight road games and travelling 7,130 miles by bus and plane in a span of 23 days. The Bulldogs made stops in nine states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas -- as part of their travels. At one point they stopped at eight different airports in a 10 day span.

The Bulldogs will play only one home game between Nov. 7 and Dec. 19. By the time the Bulldogs reach that point in the schedule, they will have played as many games in Ohio and Texas as in Connecticut (two) -- and they will have played more games in New York (three). From Dec. 20 through Feb. 2, the Bulldogs make up for all those road games by playing four of seven games in John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Scouting Army West Point

Army West Point (4-5, 0-0 Patriot League) has won three of its last four games, with the only loss being on the road at TCU Dec. 2. The Black Knights have already played one Ivy League opponent, falling at Columbia 70-49 Nov. 2. Forward Madison Hovren leads the team in scoring. Averaging 18.0 points per game, she accounts for nearly one-third of the team's offense. She had 14 points against Yale in last year's 82-65 Army West Point win at Lee Amphitheater.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity