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Rematch with Brown Saturday at Lee

Bronwyn Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Bronwyn Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale vs. Brown Saturday 2:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After seeing a five-game winning streak snapped at Brown last Friday, the Yale women's basketball team looks to turn the tables on the Bears this Saturday (2:00 p.m., ESPN3). This is just the fourth home game of the season for the Bulldogs, who are 3-0 at Lee Amphitheater this season and have won seven in a row at home dating back to last year.

Bears Top Bulldogs in Ivy Opener

Brown jumped out to an early lead against Yale in front of a big Education Day crowd of 1,141 at the Pizzitola Center last Friday morning, and the Bears never looked back. They built an eight-point lead by the end of the first quarter, expanded it to 15 by halftime, then held on in the second half for an 86-71 win in the Ivy League opener. Guard Shayna Mehta led the way with 37 points, while guard Justine Gaziano added 19. The Bears shot 52 percent from the field and took advantage of 20 Yale turnovers. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) led the Bulldogs with a career-high 26 points, adding 10 rebounds.

Youth Day; Stuff-A-Bulldog Proceeds to Benefit the United Way of Greater New Haven

Saturday's game is Youth Day at Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs will hold a post-game autograph session. The game is also a fundraiser for the United Way of Greater New Haven. Stuff-A-Bulldog tickets are available in advance for $10 through the Yale Athletics Ticket Page, with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

Five-Game Win Streak Longest in Two Years

Yale's five-game winning streak from Dec. 8 through Dec. 29 was its longest streak since winning six in a row Nov. 20 through Dec. 3, 2016.

Emsbo Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Fourth Time

First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this past Monday. No other player has earned the award more than three times this season:

  • 4 Camilla Emsbo, Yale
  • 3 Sienna Durr, Columbia
  • 1 Julia Cunningham, Princeton
  • 1 Mikayla Markham, Columbia
  • 1 Theresa Grace Mbanefo, Cornell

Emsbo had her fifth double-double of the season in Yale's lone game of the week, Friday morning at Brown. She scored a career-high 26 points and led the team with 10 rebounds along with three blocks.

Emsbo had previously been honored for the weeks of Nov. 5, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. She leads the Ivy League in rebounds per game (8.9) and is second in blocks per game (1.9). She is second on the team in scoring (12.0 points per game). Defensively, she has helped Yale hold five of last six opponents to 55 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.

Home at Last

Saturday will mark just the fourth home game of the season for Yale, and third since Nov. 7. The Bulldogs have played 13 games on the road in that span, traveling to or through 11 states besides Connecticut (Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont).

Yale has enjoyed a considerable home court advantage in recent years. The Bulldogs are 36-18 (.667) 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: 3-0 (1.000)

More Home Cooking

Yale is averaging 70.0 points per game in its three home games this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 60.6 points per game in their 10 road games, and 61.3 points per game in their three neutral-site games.

Turnover Factor

Yale is 4-5 when committing 15 or more turnovers in a game and 6-1 when committing 14 or fewer turnovers in a game.

New Kid on the Block

Yale is averaging 4.3 blocks per game, a big improvement over last season (2.9). First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.), who averages 1.9 blocks per game (second in the Ivy League), helps explain the difference.

Bulldogs Fifth Nationally in Defensive Rebound Rate

Yale is among the nation's leaders in defensive rebound rate (75.7%) as compiled at herhoopstats.com. The Bulldogs are fifth, 2.4% behind the top team (Loyola Chicago, 78.1%). Penn (71.2%, 56th) is the only other Ivy League team in the top 60. Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) (20.7%) and first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) (19.2%) are Yale's individual leaders in that category. Yale is averaging 30.0 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks 16th in the NCAA.

Improved Defense Ranks Among Nation's Best

Yale is holding its opponents to a .356 shooting percentage this season, 29th in the nation and third among Ivy League teams. That represents an improvement of 51 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Barahman 30th Nationally in Scoring; in Four Ivy Top 10s

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is 30th in the nation in points per game. She is among the Ivy League's top 10 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 19.4)
  • Steals per game (2nd, 2.3)
  • Field goal percentage (6th, .398)
  • Assists per game (7th, 3.6)

Here are her highs for the season in select categories:

  • Points: 29 at Northern Illinois Nov. 8 (career high)
  • Rebounds: 14 vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 29 (career high)
  • Assists: 6 vs. Niagara Nov. 16
  • Steals: 4 (three times)

Barahman is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Davenport College at Yale and is a graduate of Oaks Christian.

Cade Streak Snapped

Sophomore forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio) had a streak of four straight games with eight or more points and six or more rebounds snapped at Brown Jan. 18. She has been averaging nearly 19 minutes per game, an increase of more than 12 minutes per game compared to last season. Cade has improved her scoring (from 2.4 ppg to 5.5 ppg) and rebounding (from 2.1 rpg to 5.0 rpg) significantly compared to last year.

Cade is a mechanical engineering major in Saybrook College at Yale and is a graduate of Laurel School.

Ivy League Rankings

The latest NCAA RPI ratings provide a glimpse at how the Ivy League teams stack up:

  • 66 Harvard
  • 82 Penn
  • 88 Princeton
  • 113 Yale
  • 201 Cornell
  • 204 Brown
  • 227 Dartmouth
  • 259 Columbia

Here is how herhoopstats.com has the league's teams ranked:

  • 75 Harvard
  • 78 Penn
  • 95 Princeton
  • 155 Yale
  • 161 Cornell
  • 170 Dartmouth
  • 209 Columbia
  • 218 Brown

The top four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, which takes place at Lee Amphitheater Mar. 16 and 17.

Around the Ivy League

Four other Ivy League teams are in action Saturday. Columbia hosts Cornell and Dartmouth hosts Harvard. The Big Red beat the Lions 60-51 last Saturday in Ithaca, while the Crimson beat the Big Green 56-46 in Cambridge.

Scouting Brown

Brown (9-8, 1-0 Ivy League) leads the Ivy League in offense, averaging 75.2 points per game. The Bears have made 138 three-pointers, 10 more than any other Ivy team. They are second in the league in turnover margin (1.88). Guards Justine Gaziano (18.8 points per game, second) and Shayna Mehta (17.9 points per game, third) give the Bears two of the top three scorers in the league. No other team has more than one player in the top eight.

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