NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four Cornell players scored in double figures as Cornell led wire-to-wire for a 76-63 victory at Yale. The Big Red moves to 12-7 (3-3 Ivy), while the Bulldogs fall to 10-9 (1-5 Ivy).
Cornell scored the game's first 8 points and led 13-3 midway through the first quarter. The Big Red led 21-12 at the end of the frame and maintained the lead for a 38-31 halftime advantage.
Cornell opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run to take control of the game with a 19-point lead. Lena Munzer fought hard to bring Yale back into the game, scoring 11 points in Yale's 13-2 run to get back into the game, down 52-44 early in the fourth quarter. But Cornell answered with a 16-5 run to put the game out of reach, and the Big Red finished things off with a 76-63 win. The victory snapped Yale's streak of 7 straight home wins against Cornell.
Cornell Game Leaders
While Cornell's bench combined for just 7 points, the starters all scored at least 9. Nia Marshall (18 points, 9 rebounds), Megan LeDuc (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Nicholle Aston (14 points, 9 rebounds), and Kerri Moran (11 points, 8 assists) led an attack for the Big Red that was difficult for the Bulldogs to answer.
Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth talked about those difficulties after the game. "Cornell has some interior and perimeter scoring threats, so it seemed like we tried to throw everything but the kitchen sink at them defensively with what we were trying to do, and they had an answer for everything that we threw at them. I think they're well coached. They're veterans with experience both from the point guard spot and the interior, so they do some great things with their high-low game."
Yale Game Leaders
After her hot streak in the third quarter, Munzer finished with 25 points, which tied a career-high set earlier this season. Guth said of Munzer, "She will fight for you whether she's scoring or not. She will do everything it takes in between the touches…She's got a hunger and a will to win that I wish I could embody and multiply. She's a fantastically talented kid."
Tamara Simpson finished with 5 steals for the third time in her last four games to pull within 2 of Yale's career steals record of 211, set by Kathleen Offer from 1992-96. Freshman Roxy Barahman scored 11 points for the first double-digit effort in her young career.
After three straight home games, the Bulldogs return to the road next week. Yale faces Dartmouth at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 and takes on Harvard at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity