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Thursday Matinee as Yale Hosts Central Connecticut

Alexandra Maund. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Maund. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a break for exams, the Yale women's basketball team returns to action Thursday at Lee Amphitheater with a matinee vs. local rivals Central Connecticut State (12:00 p.m., ESPN+). The Bulldogs are seeking their sixth win in eight games.

Bulldogs Notch Win at Army West Point

Yale (7-5, 0-0 Ivy League) is coming off a 62-51 win at Army West Point Dec. 11. That was Yale's first win at Christl Arena since Jan. 14, 1998, and just the second win in 16 games at Army West Point for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs held Army to 31 percent shooting from the field and had four players score eight or more points in the win, led by 19 from junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.). First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) had a season-high 14 rebounds.

Home at Last

This is just Yale's third home game of the season, as the Bulldogs played 10 of their first 12 games away from Lee Amphitheater. They are 2-0 at home, and have been tough to beat at Lee in recent years -- 35-18 (.660) since the start of the 2014-15 season:

2014-15: 8-4 (.667)
2015-16: 10-5 (.667)
2016-17: 7-4 (.636)
2017-18: 8-5 (.615)
2018-19: 2-0 (1.000)

School is In

Thursday's game is New Haven Public Schools Field Trip Day. Several hundred local schoolchildren are expected to be in attendance at Lee Amphitheater, representing five schools (Lincoln Bassett, Beecher, Roberto Clemente, Clinton and Davis).

Emsbo Ivy League Rookie of the Week Again

First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, the third time this season -- and second time in a row -- she has won that award.

Emsbo had 14 points and 14 rebounds -- her third double-double in the last four games -- and blocked a pair of shots to help Yale win its only game of the week, 62-51 at Army West Point Dec. 11.

Emsbo also earned the honor for the week of Nov. 5 and the week of Dec. 3. She is second in the Ivy League in rebounds per game (9.1) and blocks per game (1.8). She is second on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game). Defensively, she has helped Yale hold six of last seven opponents to 56 or fewer points.

Emsbo was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High, and 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. She is in Branford College at Yale.

No Offensive Rebounds Allowed

Yale is among the nation's leaders in defensive rebound rate (75.4%) as compiled at herhoopstats.com. The Bulldogs are 10th, less than four percentage points behind the top team (Stanford, 79.4%). Penn (72.2%, 46) is the only other Ivy League team in the top 80.

Guth on The Jump Around Podcast

Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, recently appeared on the podcast "The Jump Around with Blake DuDonis". She discussed how she got into coaching, winning the WBI Championship last season, and more. The podcast is available to listen at https://soundcloud.com/blake-dudonis or on iTunes.

Turnaround in Turnovers

After committing at least 20 turnovers in each of the three games from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Yale has committed just 19 total turnovers in the last two games combined -- including a season-best nine turnovers in the 58-55 win at Vermont Dec. 8.

Among the Ivy's Best Defensively

Yale is holding its opponents to a .361 shooting percentage this season, second only to Penn (.322) among Ivy League teams. That represents an improvement of 46 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Three-Point Trio

Over the last four 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 19 for 45 (42%) from three-point territory. That included the first career three-pointers for Aguirre (at St. John's) and Emsbo (vs. Saint Peter's).

Barahman All Over Ivy League Leaderboards

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is among the Ivy League's top 13 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 20.5)
  • Steals per game (3rd, 2.3)
  • Assists per game (6th, 3.8)
  • Rebounds per game (13th, 6.3)

She has had four or more assists in five of the last seven games. Her shooting percentage this season, .391, is 20 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.

Gorman Among Ivy's Top Rebounders; Headed Home Soon

Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is third in the Ivy League in rebounding (8.3 per game). So far she has improved her rebounding each year of her career -- 5.1 per game her first year, 6.1 as a sophomore and 8.3 this season.

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. After the Holiday Classic, the Bulldogs will head to Vero Beach and remain in that area, practicing at Gorman's high school, until returning to New Haven Jan. 2.

Scouting Central Connecticut State

Central Connecticut State (3-5, 0-0 NEC) has won three of its last four, holding three of its opponents to 53 points or less in that span. The Blue Devils have already faced one Ivy League opponent, falling at Brown 68-63 in the season opener. Senior guard Kiana Patterson leads the team in scoring (18.1 points per game), making 20 three-pointers in eight games.

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