Yale Outlasts Women's Basketball, 73-52

Yale Outlasts Women's Basketball, 73-52

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Bulldogs got 28 points combined from Sarah Halejian and Lena Munzer en route to a 73-52 win over Brown on Friday at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.  The Bulldogs shot a season best 51.7-percent from the field to improve to 8-8, 2-0 in Ivy League play while Brown drops to 6-10, 0-2 Ivy.


Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) led the way for the Bears with 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long distance while Jordin Alexander (12 points) tallied her sixth consecutive game in double figures.


Brown freshman Emily Dinger (Sunnyvale, Calif.) recorded an assist and a rebound in five minutes of play on Friday night.


Led by freshman Rebecca Musgrove's (Plainview, N.Y.) four points in the early minutes, the Bears staked themselves to an early 16-12 lead just over eight minutes into the game.  Musgrove finished the contest with 11 points and two steals.  After shooting 1-for-12 from behind the arc against Yale last Friday, the Bears found their range, connecting on 3-of-6 attempts from long distance in the first half.


The Bulldogs answered Brown's attack with runs of 11-0 and 15-0 to stake them to a 17-point halftime cushion.  Lena Munzer led the Bulldogs with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field as they shot 51.5-percent in the opening 20 minutes of play.


After the 10-0 run put Yale up 23-16, Brown clawed its way back on the strength of Alexander's layup and Bikofsky's trey on consecutive possessions. The Bulldogs responded with their 15-0 run to close out the half, capped by Emmy Allen's put back with 10 seconds to play.


Yale continued its success from the field in the second half, connecting on 14-of-27 attempts from the field to build on a lead the Bears couldn't rally from.  A stout Yale defense forced the Bears into a season-high 22 turnovers and 14-of-43 shooting from the field.


Despite shooting 17-of-20 from the charity stripe, the Bears couldn't muster a comeback on Friday as Yale scored the first home victory in the series between the two schools since January 14, 2011.


Brown will continue its three-game Ivy League road trip next weekend as they face Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.