The women’s basketball team learned that it’s a dog-eat-dog world on Wednesday night, when they fell 83–64 to the Boston University Terriers (1–1) in a non-conference game at Case Gymnasium in Boston.
It was not a good shooting performance for the Elis (1–1), who went just 19-for-67 on field goals. The Bulldogs also did not have the same offensive output from three-point range as they did in their season opening win against Holy Cross, going just three-for-12.
“We didn’t perform well at all,” head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “I think in just every category we underperformed much below what our capabilities are.”
Guard Megan Vasquez ’13 was once again the leading scorer for the Bulldogs and finished the night with a double-double, tallying 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Allie Messimer ’13 added 11 points and forward Mady Gobrecht ’11 tallied 10 points. Captain and guard Yoyo Greenfield ’11 led the Elis with four assists.
The Bulldogs also saw the return of forward Michelle Cashen ’12, who missed the season opener due to a sprained ankle. Cashen finished the night with two points and seven rebounds.
Yale’s only lead of the game came in the first minute of the matchup, after a lay-up by Mady Gobrecht put the Bulldogs up 2–1. Though the Bulldogs were able to keep pace with B.U. for the first eight minutes of the game, the Terriers went on a 9–0 run to take a 23–10 lead with 8:13 left in the first half.
Vasquez then countered with a run of her own and scored six straight points to pull the Elis within seven points. Though a jump shot from Greenfield made the score 31–25 at 1:45, the Terriers closed out the first half with a 7–0 run to take a 38–25 lead at halftime.
Though a three-pointer from Vasquez made the score 40–30 and pulled the Bulldogs within 10 points with 17:59 left in the game, Yale could not mount a comeback.
“There wasn’t any flow to what we were doing,” coach Gobrecht said. ”It was a dysfunctional type of offensive night.”
For the rest of the second half, the Terriers only kept adding to their lead and broke the game open.
The Elis struggled to get back in defending position during transitions, which allowed B.U. guards to go straight to the rim and get easy layups.
“We weren’t playing defense, and that’s what we focus on the most,” Greenfield said. “That’s what we pride ourselves at being good at.”
B.U. pushed its lead to as much as 27 points, after Mo Moran nailed a three-pointer that gave the Terriers a 79–52 advantage with 5:36 left in regulation. Moran finished the night with a triple-double for BU.
However, the Bulldogs were able to cut down the deficit to a 19-point differential by the end of the night.
“I think it’s one of those reminders that sometimes it’s not going to be as easy as we want it to be,” coach Gobrecht said. “It was kind of the first stage of adversity and we didn’t handle it.”
The Elis continue non-conference play this Saturday, when they host Delaware in their home opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.