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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Bulldogs Return Home To Face Bryant

Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nyasha Sarju. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Yale Begins Four-Game Home Stretch On Wednesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale returns to the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater after completing a four-game road swing. The Bulldogs concluded a four-game road swing at Furman on Nov. 27 and will now play four straight home games, beginning with Wednesday night's contest against Bryant. The women's game tips at 5 p.m., with the men's contest against Bryant to follow.

The Bulldogs fell at Furman, 66-61, last time out. Yale rallied from an eight-point deficit to close within a point in the final minute, but the Paladins scored four straight to hold on for the win. Sarah Halejian led the way with 19 points and also had four steals. Janna Graf added 12 points to move to 932 points for her career.

Halejian was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday and leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Meredith Boardman is grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series Record: Yale leads, 2-1, in series dating to 2008-09.

Yale won last season's meeting at Bryant, 78-65.

Mary Burke is in her 23rd year at the helm of the Bulldogs having led the team's transition to Division I and winning over 300 games. Bryant was tabbed 7th in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll and Ankoma-Mensa was a unanimous pick to the preseason team.

The Bulldogs snapped a four-game skid with a win over New Hampshire on Sunday. Bryant shot 49.0 percent from the field and 46.7 from the arc. Jenniqua Bailey led three Bulldogs in double-figures with 17 points and added eight assists.

Jenniqua Bailey leads the team with 13.2 ppg, while Naana Ankoma-Mensa adds 12.3 ppg and 10.0 rebounds.

What To Watch For

Controlling The Glass: Both teams have enjoyed rebounding advantages over their opponents this season. Yale enters the game with a +2.4 margin in rebounding, while Bryant has posted a +8.8 margin over opponents. In their three wins the Elis have posted a +7.3 margin on the glass, while in four losses the rebounding margin has been a -1.2.

Contest Shots: Bryant has shot 42.6 percent from the field as a team to start the season and has been even better from three-point range where they rank 11th nationally at 41.3 percent. In its losses, Bryant has not shot better than its season average from the field.

Create Turnovers: In its three wins Yale has forced over 18 turnovers per game. Bryant ranks near the bottom of all teams in Division I with a -6.5 turnover margin and have committed at least 20 turnovers in each of its last two games.

Next Up

Yale continues its homestand with a contest against Army on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tip is set for 2:00 p.m.

Head coach Dave Magarity entered the season with a 121-89 mark in seven seasons at Army. He ranks third all-time in wins at West Point and is just 12 shy of all the all-time record.

The Black Knights were picked second in the preseason Patriot League poll. Kelsey Minato, one of four returning starters, was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. Army posted a 22-9 record last season and advanced to the WNIT, where it fell to Fordham in the first round.

filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity