WEST POINT, N.Y. – After splitting their first two games of the season, the Yale Bulldogs return to action on Friday to take on Army in West Point, New York. Both teams are 1-1 and looking to bounce back from a loss, and Army will surely be energized in its home opener.
Senior Lena Munzer has been the most outstanding player for Yale in the early stages of the season. She was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll after registering 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the season opener against Binghamton. She followed that up with a career-high 25 points on 10-for-14 from the field against Manhattan. She will aim to continue her run of form on Friday night.
Junior Tamara Simpson has also been an efficient scorer for the Bulldogs this year, scoring in double figures in both games. Junior Jen Berkowitz has made an impact on the glass with a team-high 7 rebounds per game, while freshman Megan Gorman ranks 2nd with 6 rebounds per game.
Friday's game will be a rematch of last year's showdown between these two teams. Army came away victorious in that game by a score of 65-61 on Dec. 3, 2015 at Yale. Army leads 19-10 in the all-time head-to-head series between the two programs.
Army head coach Dave Magarity enters Friday's contest with 199 career wins in 11 seasons as Army head coach, and a win over Yale would get him to the 200-win milestone.
Sophomore Madison Hovren has been a force for the Cadets this season, averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Junior Aliyah Murray leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and ranks 2nd behind Hovren with 12.5 points per game.
Army has found success this season forcing turnovers. The Cadets surpassed their 2015-16 season high of 27 turnovers forced with 32 in their season opening win over LIU Brooklyn, and again with 29 in their loss to Albany.
Next up for Yale is Vermont, at home on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity