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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Yale women hold off Army

Here are the details, courtesy of Yale:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women’s basketball team knew the task of beating Army was not going to be an easy one, but the Bulldogs certainly didn’t expect it to be as difficult as it turned out to be.

Army freshman Olivia Schretzman had a chance to lift Army to the come-from-behind victory, but her eight-foot jumper at the buzzer rolled in and out of the basket, allowing Yale to survive with a 63-62 win Sunday afternoon inside John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Yale had a 61-58 lead with 2:20 left thanks to a layup from Aarica West, but Schretzman tied the game with an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:53 left. Anna Simmers, who led Army with 17 points, made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:30 left to give Army a 62-61 lead, but on the ensuing offensive possession, Graf missed a 3-pointer with 1:15 left and Vasquez grabbed the offensive board and scored on the put-back layup with 1:10 left to lift Yale to the victory.

Army had a full 30 seconds and one timeout remaining to plan its attack for the final shot, but the timeout was never called and the Black Knights scrambled to find someone open for the last-ditch effort. Despite the disarray at the end, Schretzman managed to get a good look at the basket for the final shot, but she couldn’t get it to fall as time expired.

Yale saw five players score at least eight points, and the balanced attach helped the Bulldogs improve to 6-6 overall with two games remaining in the non-league schedule. Michelle Cashen recorded her eighth career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Megan Vasquez also scored 11 points, one game after she was held scoreless by Florida State for the first time in her collegiate career.

Freshmen Sarah Halejian and Arrice Bryant also turned in strong performances for Yale. Halejian scored nine points, behind a 5-for-5 showing at the free-throw line. Bryant scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked three shots.

Yale led by as many as 10 points in the first half thanks to a strong first half from sophomore Janna Graf. She scored all eight of her points in the half to help the Bulldogs cruise into the locker room at halftime with a 34-25 lead.

Army was not going to go away quietly, however. The Black Knights (6-8) opened the second half with a 13-3 run over the first 5:07 of the half to take their first lead of the game, 38-37, with 14:53 to play.

It was a seesaw battle the rest of the way. Neither team was able to gain an advantage of more than three points over the final 10 minutes of play.

Jen Hazlett also scored 17 points for Army. Milford, Conn., native Molly Yardley recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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