Bulldogs Finish Game, Season Strong in Win at Columbia

Bulldogs Finish Game, Season Strong in Win at Columbia

The Bulldogs closed out the season -- and tonight's final quarter -- on a high note.  

Yale outscored Columbia 19-6 in the fourth and turned a nine-point deficit into an 55-47 road win Saturday night in New York. The Bulldogs ended their season 15-12 overall and 6-8 in Ivy play.

Roxy Barhaman came off the bench to lead Yale with 15 points, while Lena Munzer had 14 points and eight rebounds. Brahman made eight of 12 free throws, including three points from the line in the final quarter dominated by Yale. 

Munzer hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:41 left and followed up with a layup to cap a 12-0 run to put the Bulldogs up for good.   The fourth-quarter run seemed unlikely after Columbia's Camille Zimmerman's jumper gave the Lions a 46-37 lead with a little over 8 minutes remaining.  

Tamara Simpson, another reserve who gave the Bulldogs a boost, responded with a bucket to being the swing of momentum. Simpson finished with 11 points who along with Brahaman gave the Bulldogs a 28-11 edge in bench points.  

After Simpson's layup, the Bulldogs forced a turnover -- one of 16 made by Columbia on the night -- and it led to a bucket from Jen Berkowitz to trim the deficit to five.  The Bulldogs held a 15-2 advantage in points off turnovers.  

Barahman made one of two free throws and Elizabeth Haley added a layup before Munzer hit the three to put Yale ahead.  

Columbia (13-14, 3-11 Ivy) and Yale went to the half tied at 28 after trading runs.  The Lions scored the first eight points of the game and the Bulldogs scored the next 10.

Barahman's 3-pointer gave Yale a 17-11 lead.  Columbia scored 11 of the next 17 points to tie the game at 22 midway through the second quarter.

The Bulldogs and Lions split the season series.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity