January 21, 2011

Bulldogs Earn Series Sweep with 71-59 Win over Bears

Providence, RI- Yale sophomore Megan Vasquez netted a game-high 18 points and senior forward Mady Gobrecht earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards to lead the Bulldogs to a 71-59 victory over the Bears tonight at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Yale improved to 6-10 overall with a 2-0 mark in the Ivy League, while the Bears dropped to 4-12 and 0-2 in the league.

Brown's Lindsay Nickel led the squad with 17 points and pulled down six rebounds, and junior guard Hannah Passafuime just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine boards, but it wasn't enough to stop Yale from sweeping the series.

The Bears and Bulldogs traded buckets over the first five minutes of the game, but Yale's Mady Gobrecht sparked the Bulldogs by sinking a free throw to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead with 13:17 remaining, a lead in which it would never relinquish.

The Bulldogs worked to extend its lead to five with 9:43 on the clock and then went on a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to take an 11-point lead, 28-17 with 4:28 remaining. Brown's Lindsay Nickel knocked in a three and junior Aileen Daniels hit a jumper with 2:08 left in the half to come within six, but Yale pushed it back up to nine to head into halftime with a 35-26 lead.

The Bears shot 52 percent in the first half on 12-of-23 shooting from the floor, as Nickel led the offense with eight points. Mady Gobrecht led Yale with 10 points in the first stanza as the Bulldogs shot 39 percent (13-33). Both squads pulled down 17 rebounds, but the Bulldogs were able to force Bruno into 14 first-half turnovers.

Both teams started out slow in the second half, as neither squad scored during the first three minutes of play. Yale was able to maintain its lead midway through the second half with the help of Vasquez's nine points, but the Bears picked up the tempo midway through the half and cut their deficit to six with 8:18 left in the game after a jumper by Lindsay Steele.

However, Yale went on an 18-6 run to take a 64-46 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the game after two free throws by Michelle Cashen, but the Bears were able to come back within 12 with under a minute to play after threes by Nickel and Dixon and a layup by Passafuime. But that was as close as the Bears would come, eventually falling 71-59 to the Bulldogs.

The Bears shot 32 percent in the second half and 40 percent for the game and out-rebounded Yale by one, 42-41. Yale converted 20 points off Brown's 26 turnovers for the game, and went 17-of-26 from the free throw line.

The Bears are back in action on Friday, Jan. 28 when it hosts Princeton at 7 p.m., and follows it with a game against Penn on Saturday the 29th.