A week after the Yale women’s basketball team defeated Brown at home, it repeated history on Brown’s home court 79–69 on Friday thanks to a season-high 66.7 percent shooting from the field in the second half. The spotlight of the night belonged to center Emmy Allen ’16, who scored a team- and career-high 17 points to help the Bulldogs clinch victory.
Whereas Yale led the entirety of its first game against Brown, this match was more of a back-and-forth affair, featuring seven ties and eight lead changes. Furthermore, unlike last time, it was the Bears who dominated the opening minutes, leading 11–5 at the 14:32 mark following two successful free throws from junior guard Jordin Alexander.
“As a team, we failed to come out with the same energy we did the last time we played [Brown], so it took us a while to get going,” guard Mary Ann Santucci ’18 said.
Yale (8–8, 2–0 Ivy) temporarily caught up with the Bears 14–13 after two three-pointers from guards Meghan McIntyre ’17 and Lena Munzer ’17, but the Bears (6–10, 0–2) took a 22–16 lead at the 9:20 mark after going on a 9–2 run. Yale regained momentum, once again thanks to two three-point shots from McIntyre and Santucci, to tie Brown 28–28 with just less than six minutes remaining in the half.
However, the Bears went over nine minutes without a field goal, scoring just 12 free throws over the next 9:34 stretching into the second half.
After intermission, down 36–33, the Bulldogs caught fire, making 14 of 21 shots and 17 of 20 free throws in the final period. In the first few minutes, the two teams traded baskets and neither team led by more than three points. Allen’s two successful free throws at 15:56, however, sent the Bulldogs on an explosive 13–4 run to lead the game 52–46.
Yale would maintain its lead for the remaining 12 minutes. The Bears attempted a comeback and narrowed the deficit to three at the 7:45 mark, but the Elis quickly took off after a jump shot from guard Whitney Wyckoff ’16. With just under four minutes remaining, the Bulldogs scored 14 points from the charity line to end the game 79–69.
While the Bulldogs owed much of their first win against Brown to pressure defense, the team suffered defensively this time and had to overcompensate with an explosive offense. According to guard Nyasha Sarju ’16, the Bulldogs lacked the defensive energy they had in their first game against Brown.
“Defensively, we did not have the energy we would like to have,” Sarju said. “But we are thankful that a great night of play, for Emmy and our other posts offensively were enough to offset our poor defensive output.”
Indeed, Yale’s offense was key to the win last Friday, highlighted by Allen’s 17 points as well as the team’s season-best field goal percentage of 54.3 percent. Allen went 5–7 from the field and 7–10 from the charity stripe against Brown, and even when the Brown defense added pressure, Allen found passes to players outside and find open shooters, according to Santucci.
Munzer agreed that Allen was crucial to last Friday’s win.
“Allen had an incredible night,” Munzer said. “She really helped destroy any momentum Brown had towards the end of the game.”
In addition, Yale’s bench stepped up and helped the team on the offensive end. The Bulldogs’ reserves outscored those of Brown 32–9, largely thanks to McIntyre’s season-high nine points.
Yale is currently on a four-game winning streak and will host Columbia this Friday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.