Yale Defeats Brown in Ivy Opener, 75-65

Providence, RI- Yale's Megan Vasquez lit up for 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 75-65 victory over the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday night.  The victory gave Yale its first Ivy win of the 2011-12 season, and improved the squad to 9-6 overall, while Brown dropped to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.

The Bears had three double figure scorers tonight as junior guard Sheila Dixon led the attack with 20 points on six-of-10 shooting from the floor.  Dixon added a team-high six rebounds and picked up one steal.  Sophomore Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) knocked in 13 points and handed out four assists and senior co-captain Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) tallied 12 points and brought down six boards in 35 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs gained as much as an 11-point advantage after hitting five trey's in the first half, but the Bears went on a 20-8 run to end the stanza to edge Yale 32-31 at the half.

A three pointer by Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) cut Brown's deficit to 14-11 at the 14:10 mark, but Yale went on an 8-0 run over a three-minute span to extend its lead to 22-11, but Brown went on its run and was able to regain the lead by the intermission.

After the half, the Bears were able to extend their lead to five, 47-42 after a three pointer by Clarke, but Yale went on a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead of its own with 9:21 remaining in the game.  

Once again the Bears came back and after a layup by Dixon came within one, 58-57 with 4:08 on the clock, but Yale went on another run to gain a 68-61 lead with 1:16 on the clock. 

Yale had solid play from both Sarah Halejian, this week's Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and Amanda Tyson.   Halejian scored 13 of her 18 total points in the second half, while Tyson scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to help Yale outscore Brown in the second half.  The Bulldogs went on to extend their lead to 75-65 to win the game.

The Bears ended the night shooting 44 percent from the field (21-47) while Yale shot 34 percent (25-73).  Yale out-rebounded the Bears 43-35 and forced Brown into 17 turnovers.  

Brown will have another chance at Yale next Friday night in New Haven as the Bears and Bulldogs will complete the home-and-home series at 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheatre.