WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bulldogs share weekend games at Penn, Princeton

On a weekend on the road that had the potential to make or break the Bulldogs’ season, the team followed up one of its biggest wins of the season against Penn with its worst loss of the year. at Princeton.

Andrew Cramer

9:59 p.m., February 20, 2022

Staff reporter


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After losing three of its last four games, Yale’s women’s basketball team (14-10, 7-5 Ivy) desperately needed to turn things around ahead of their weekend on the road against foes of the Penn conference (10-13, 5-6) and Princeton. (19–4, 11–0).

In a Friday night game against the Quakers, the Bulldogs put together one of their best team performances of the season en route to a 68-58 victory. Following their recent slip, the team had talked about working to share the ball more on offense, and that’s exactly what they did on Friday.

“It was a huge win for us,” said head coach Allison Guth. “The highlights were 19 assists and a .526 shot from three-point territory. And we had four double-digit players.

Assists and shots were promising developments for a Bulldog team that was crumbling on the attacking side of the pitch. But perhaps the biggest note of Friday’s game was how each player stepped up.

Point guard Jenna Clark ’24 finished with an impressive overall stat line, recording 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. His backcourt partner, Christen McCann ’25, splashed home 5 of 7 3-point attempts en route to an 18-point performance. The frontcourt duo of ’23 Camilla Emsbo and ’22 Alex Cade combined for 24 points and 25 rebounds. Klara Aastroem ’24 came off the bench to make three 3-pointers, scoring 13 points on the day.

McCann described the team’s offensive production as “beautiful Bulldog basketball, easing the ball upside down, allowing everyone to touch what ultimately created the best open shots on the ground.” She said the team’s fluid offense “makes it a lot easier to get your shots right” and called the game “one of the best offensive performances we’ve had this season.”

On Friday, the Bulldogs took an early 7-0 lead, which they stretched to a 15-point margin late in the first quarter. However, the Quakers stormed in to bring the game under five at the end of the half and under one midway through the third quarter. The match seemed on the verge of a skid before the Blue and Whites snatched a 22-4 series to seal the victory.

The following night, the team headed to New Jersey to face the Princeton Tigers, who entered the game undefeated in the league.

Maybe the Elis were still tired from the previous night’s game or the Tigers had too much firepower for the Bulldogs to handle, but the team wasn’t able to match the energy of the Tigers. from the start.

One night after taking an early lead, the Bulldogs found themselves on the other side of the game’s script. They trailed early and never managed to get back into the game. The Tigers led 21-11 at the end of the first quarter, then extended their lead to 16 by the end of the half.

“Our performance against Princeton doesn’t reflect the team we are,” McCann said. “We got hit pretty early in the game, but we didn’t seem to react like we usually would in those situations. When you play against a team like Princeton, they’re not going to pull any punches, which seemed to be the story of the night.

The offense, which had gone so well against Penn, came to a halt against Princeton, with the Elis only managing 36 points for the game.

Princeton’s Abby Meyers and Julia Cunningham, two of the league’s top five scorers, had 15 points in the first half and 25 for the game. The Tigers had seven players scoring at least six points.

Although Princeton established themselves as one of the top 30 teams in the nation and in Ivy League class, the Bulldogs were still dismayed that they couldn’t do better than their 74-36 loss.

“Princeton is one of the top 30 teams in the country playing very well right now,” Guth said. “But we are very disappointed not to leave here with our tanks empty.”

Despite Saturday’s tough loss, the victory at Penn put the Bulldogs in a strong position in the Ancient Eight standings. With just two games left against Cornell and Brown, who have a combined 5-18 league record, the Bulldogs need just one more win to clinch their spot in the conference tournament. Two wins will be enough for the Elis to secure the third seed.

The Bulldogs didn’t lag in their game against Penn; but after scoring first against Princeton, the Elis never led again.

ANDREW CRAMER


Andrew Cramer currently covers Yale’s women’s basketball team. He is a freshman at JE College and remains undecided about his major.

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