While Yalies are barricading themselves in the library for the start of reading week, the women’s basketball team will head across the bay to Stony Brook, N.Y.
The Bulldogs (3-3, 0-0 Ivy) will be all business for their match-up against the Seawolves (0-6) on Monday, Dec. 8. The Elis will then cap off their Empire State road trip at Army (3-4) on Wednesday.
Although Stony Brook and Army may not be the same caliber of big conference opponents that the Bulldogs have faced in recent weeks, they are athletic and skilled teams that will test Yale’s run and gun style. However, the Bulldogs should be up to the challenge.
“We have a pretty good understanding of how good we are and we approach every game with the mindset that we’re going to win,” head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “We don’t get rattled, we don’t get intimidated, and we don’t back down.”
Melissa Colborne ’10 added, “We work hard to create a lot of opportunities on the offense by running the ball and getting extra possessions.”
Colborne currently leads the Ivy League in scoring with 17.8 points per game.
The Bulldogs’ fast-paced, up-and-down style is a testament to the off-season work that the team has put in, allowing Yale to hang with teams that are taller and more physical than they are. But Stony Brook and Army are two teams that do not hold the same kind of height and athletic prowess as teams like NC State and Kentucky, who the Bulldogs battled last week. Next week’s games should give an indication as to whether the Elis can sustain their level of play on a consistent basis and establish momentum as they hit the middle stretch of the non-conference season.
“I’m glad we’re having success right now,” Gobrecht said. “If we stay healthy, we’ll be contending for the Ivy League title.”