NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's busiest week of the season begins with a trip to Wagner on Wednesday night. Wagner marks the first of three games in four days for the Bulldogs, who will look to extend their three-game winning streak. Yale travels to LIU Brooklyn on Thursday for its last of four straight road games.
Jen Berkowitz, who played a crucial role in each of Yale's three straight wins, was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday for the first time in her career. She is the first Yale player to be the sole recipient of the award since Janna Graf on Dec. 10, 2012.
The junior forward finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in Tuesday's win at Illinois State. Berkowitz shot 7-for-12 from the field in the game, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, and she also made both of her free-throw attempts.
Berkowitz was even more efficient on Sunday, finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds on 6-for-7 shooting (2-for-3 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the line) in 23 minutes of play. Yale needed every one of her 16 points, as the Bulldogs came away with a 71-70 overtime win at Holy Cross.
Between the two contests, Berkowitz averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1 assist per game on 68.4% shooting (80% from 3-point range) and 100% from the free-throw line. Berkowitz now leads the Ivy League by a wide margin in field goal percentage. She is shooting 65.2% from the field while the next closest player, Harvard's Jeannie Boehm, has a 53.7% mark.
After her exceptional recent run, Berkowitz now leads the team with 12.7 points per game. She ranks second with 7.5 rebounds per game, behind freshman Megan Gorman's 8.2. Gorman was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll this week after averaging 5.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in Yale's two wins. She blocked 3 shots against Illinois State and registered 3 steals against Holy Cross.
Senior Meghan McIntyre was also named to the Honor Roll this week. She scored a career-high 22 points and added 4 assists in Yale's overtime win against Holy Cross on Sunday. She made a career-high six 3-pointers against Holy Cross after hitting three shots from long distance against Illinois State.
Report on the Wagner Seahawks
Wagner (1-4) has lost three consecutive games, scoring under 50 points in each loss. Junior Tanasia Russell is the only player on the team scoring in double figures, with an average of 14.5 points per game this season. Sophomore Julia McClure leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game.
First-year head coach Heather Jacobs looks to move the program in the right direction after the Seahawks finished last in the Northeast Conference at 5-24 (3-15 NEC) last season. Yale beat Wagner 78-60 when the two teams met last season on December 6th, 2015.
Report on the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
Yale faces another Northeast Conference opponent Thursday with a trip to LIU Brooklyn. The Blackbirds finished tied for 7th in the conference last season at 9-21 (7-11 NEC). LIU Brooklyn is 0-5 this season and hungry for its first win. The Blackbirds suffered their closest loss thus far, a 50-48 defeat, in their most recent game against New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Senior Shavonia Dove leads the team with 11.8 points per game while freshmen Aja Boyd and Gabrielle Caponegro are tied for first on the team with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Next up, Yale returns home to host Albany, Saturday at 4 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity