ITHACA, N.Y. – As the battle for spots in the Ivy League Tournament enters the second-to-last weekend, the Yale women's basketball team is finding itself in quite a fight for one of those spots. The Bulldogs entered Friday night in a fourth-place tie with Dartmouth but holding the tiebreaker over the Big Green for that final spot in the tournament. They were facing one of the teams currently on the outside of the tournament picture, Cornell, at Newman Arena. The Big Red looked very much like a team fighting for its postseason life, pulling out a 66-56 win over the Bulldogs to move within a game of them -- and Dartmouth, which lost at Princeton -- in the standings. Yale was led by junior guard Roxy Barahman, who scored 18 points -- including the 1,000th of her career.
The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout the first half, with Barahman providing a historic highlight at the 5:51 mark of the second quarter. She took a pass from junior forward Megan Gorman and then came off a screen from Gorman at the top of the key to hit a fadeaway jumper for her 1,000th career point. She became the 22nd player in Yale history to achieve that feat. That tied the score 24-24.
A three-point play by first-year guard Robin Gallagher at the end of the second quarter sent Yale into halftime up 33-30, but a 9-0 Big Red run at the start of the third quickly erased that lead and forced a Yale timeout.
Yale (15-11, 5-6 Ivy League) spent the rest of the game fighting to stay close to the Big Red, and the Bulldogs entered the fourth quarter down 53-41. They never got closer than five after that, as Cornell (10-12, 4-7 Ivy League) outscored Yale 8-3 in the final 1:17 to seal the win.
In addition to Barahman's 18 points, Yale also got 13 points from Gallagher. Gorman had a team-best nine rebounds, and sophomore guard Tori Andrew led with five assists.
Yale travels to Columbia Saturday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity