NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After Brown snapped a five-game winning streak for the Yale women's basketball team last Friday in the Ivy League opener, the Bulldogs -- and junior guard Roxy Barahman in particular -- came into Saturday's rematch at Lee Amphitheater with something to prove. Barahman, the leading scorer in the Ivy League, had been held to a season-low eight points in the loss. Saturday's game proved to be a dramatically different story, as Barahman poured in a career-high 31 points and the Bulldogs bounced back for an 84-72 win. That was the most points in a game for Yale since scoring 90 in a win vs. Wagner on Dec. 17, 2014.
"I wanted some redemption from last week," Barahman said. "We didn't really have a good game, especially myself. Credit to my teammates who helped me out getting those 31. It felt good."
For Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, Barahman's efforts defensively on Brown guard Shayna Mehta -- who had scored 37 points in the first game but was held to 13 this time around -- were just as critical as her offensive contributions.
"It started with her defensive intensity on Mehta," said Guth. "She was absolutely focused on redeeming herself from that standpoint. Also, she controlled the tempo really well offensively. She was attack-minded when she needed to be."
Barahman, who played all 40 minutes, scored 13 of her points in the second quarter to help Yale (11-6, 1-1 Ivy League) build a 41-32 lead at halftime. That lead got as big as 14 in the third quarter, but Brown (9-9, 1-1 Ivy League) would not go down without a fight. The Bears crept within six heading into the fourth thanks to a late three-pointer by guard Justine Gaziano, who scored a team-high 24 points.
Another Brown three-pointer, this one from guard Taylor Will, cut Yale's lead to three at 72-69 with 5:22 left in the game. But the Bulldogs remained composed.
"We were just motivated the entire second half," said Barahman. "We really wanted to come out and throw the first punch, and that didn't really happen. When they cut it close we just stayed calm and we knew 'we have this'. A lot of us hit some big shots coming down the stretch in key moments."
A jumper by junior guard/forward Megan Gorman, followed by a reverse layup from Barahman, gave the Bulldogs some breathing room at 76-69 with 4:17 left. Brown got back within five on a Gaziano three with 2:23 to play, but Barahman answered with a layup. The Bulldogs then hit five of six free throws to help seal the win.
In addition to Barahman, Yale had three other players score in double digits: sophomore forward Alex Cade (14), sophomore guard Tori Andrew (12) and first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (10). Cade and Emsbo were a big reason why Yale held a 42-26 advantage in points in the paint.
"We were really focused on scoring inside versus out," said Guth. "We felt we took too many quick threes last time out."
Emsbo registered a double-double -- her sixth of the season -- by grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Cade and Gorman added nine each to help the Bulldogs to a 54-35 advantage on the boards.
"We really worked on crashing the o-boards this week in practice, and anticipating long rebounds," said Cade.
The Bulldogs also got quality minutes off the bench from senior forward Alexandra Maund, who had nine points and five rebounds in 24 minutes.
Yale hosts Harvard next Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
⬇️Here's two (out of 3⃣1⃣) of Roxy Barahman's biggest points of today's 84-72 win vs. Brown: drives baseline for the reverse layup to get the lead to seven with 4:17 left. Brown got no closer than five the rest of the way. #toofast #IvyTop5 #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/uNzy1T3GdH— Yale Women's Basketball (@YaleWBB) January 27, 2019