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Bulldogs Head to Empire State

Tori Andrew and Erin Hill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Andrew and Erin Hill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale at Cornell Friday 6:00 p.m.

Yale at Columbia Saturday 5:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With just four games left in the regular season, the Yale women's basketball team hits the road this weekend for a pair of Ivy League games with postseason implications. The Bulldogs are currently tied with Dartmouth for fourth place in the league standings, two games behind third-place Harvard and two games in front of the two sixth-place teams. Yale faces those sixth-place teams this weekend, visiting Cornell Friday (6:00 p.m., ESPN+) and Columbia Saturday (5:00 p.m., ESPN+, SNY).

Bulldogs Fall at Dartmouth, Harvard

Yale (15-10, 5-5 Ivy League) dropped a pair of road games last weekend. The Bulldogs fell 56-54 at Dartmouth Feb. 22 on a buzzer-beating layup by Big Green guard Paula Lenart. That was Yale's second straight two-point loss. The next night they lost 83-69 at Harvard. Sophomore guard Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) had a team-high 23 points.

One of Yale's Best

With 15 wins this year, Yale has won 15 or more games for three straight seasons. This is the first time in school history that has happened. The Bulldogs' first varsity season was 1973-74.

The Bulldogs are within four of the school record for wins in a season. Here are Yale's top nine seasons in terms of overall wins:

19 wins: 2017-18
17 wins: 1979-80
16 wins: 1993-94, 2011-12
15 wins: 1976-77, 1988-89, 1992-93, 2016-17, 2018-19

End of the Road

This weekend marks the final scheduled road trip of Yale's season. By the end of the day Saturday, the Bulldogs will have traveled approximately 11,790 miles this season, having played 19 of their 29 games away from home. They have played games in 12 different states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont).

Bulldogs on the Boards

Yale is seventh in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (30.0 per game). The Bulldogs have had at least 30 defensive rebounds in four of their last seven games. Their season high is 41, achieved in the FAU Holiday Classic Championship win vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 29.

With 1,060 total rebounds, Yale leads the Ivy League.

Roxy Watch

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is closing in on the 1,000 career point mark. She would be the 22nd Bulldog to accomplish that feat. Here is a look at her progress:

  • Current: 992 career points
  • Needs: 8 points
  • Averaging: 19.2 points per game
  • Projected to get to 1,000, at current average: Friday, Mar. 1 at Cornell

Barahman is 38th in the nation in points per game (19.2). She is among the Ivy League's top 15 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 19.2)
  • Steals per game (3rd, 2.1)
  • Field goal percentage (9th, .398)
  • Assists per game (6th, 3.8)
  • Rebounds per game (11th, 6.6)

Here are her highs for the season in select categories:

  • Points: 33 at Princeton Feb. 8 (career high)
  • Rebounds: 14 vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 29 (career high)
  • Assists: 6 (four times) (career high is 9, Feb. 9, 2018 at Columbia)
  • Steals: 5 at Princeton Feb. 8 (tied career high from Nov. 19, 2017 at Kansas)

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

Andrew Heats Up

Sophomore guard Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) is coming off a season-high 23 points at Harvard. She has scored in double digits four times in the last six games and is third on the team in scoring (9.2 points per game). Against the Crimson she shot 6-for-10 from the field (5-for-7 on three-pointers) and made all six of her free throws.

Andrew is in Benjamin Franklin College at Yale. She is a graduate of Orono Senior High School.

Gorman Faces Vero Beach High School Teammate

Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) will face another Vero Beach High School alum this weekend in Cornell junior guard Caitlyn Smith. At Vero, Gorman was a four-year starter and three-year captain. She helped the team to the 2016 Florida 8A State Championship. Gorman returned to Vero Beach High's gym earlier this season, as the Bulldogs practiced there following their appearance in the FAU Holiday Classic in Boca Raton.

Gorman is on pace to establish career highs in rebounding (7.6 per game), scoring (6.5 points per game), assists (1.9 assists per game) and blocks (0.4 per game). She is fifth in the Ivy League in rebounding.

Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale.

Around the Ivy League

Two weekends remain in Ivy League regular season play. In addition to Yale and Brown visiting Columbia and Cornell this weekend, Dartmouth and Harvard visit Penn and Princeton.

With a win at Penn Tuesday, Princeton has tied the Quakers for the top spot in the league standings. Both teams are 8-2, a game ahead of third-place Harvard. Yale and Dartmouth, at 5-5, are tied for fourth.

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.

Scouting Cornell

Cornell (9-12, 3-7 Ivy League) dropped a pair of games at Princeton and Penn last weekend after beating Yale 43-41 at Lee Amphitheater Feb. 16. Three of the team's last four league losses have been by seven or fewer points.

The Big Red has the second-best scoring defense in the Ivy League, allowing just 59.0 points per game. Forward Laura Bagwell-Katalinich, a transfer from Penn, is fourth in the league in scoring (16.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.9 rebounds per game).

Scouting Columbia

Columbia (7-16, 3-7 Ivy League) has lost four of its last five since upsetting Harvard 75-65 at Levien Gym Feb. 8. One of those losses was to Yale, 69-61 at Lee Amphitheater Feb. 15.

The Lions feature one of the top rookies in the league in guard/forward Sienna Durr, who leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.2 rebounds per game). She is a five-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection. Yale held her to seven points on Feb. 15, her second-lowest point total of the season.

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