NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three-point shooting has been a point of emphasis for the Yale women's basketball team as the 2017-18 season gets underway, and the first signs of that work paying off came early Monday night at Lee Amphitheater vs. Colgate. The Bulldogs hit seven threes in the first quarter alone -- more than they averaged per game last season (6.8) -- while jumping out to a 29-15 lead. That enabled them to overcome a sluggish spell early in the third quarter, eventually pulling away for an 82-56 win.
Yale (2-0, 0-0 Ivy League) finished with 10 threes, the most the Bulldogs have made in a game since hitting 11 last Dec. 1.
"We take a lot of shots in practice, and a goal of ours is to shoot the three-ball well," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball.
First-year guard Tori Andrew hit three treys in the first quarter, the last one giving the Bulldogs a 26-13 lead. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs built the lead up to 22 thanks to a layup by senior guard Mary Ann Santucci with 19 seconds left after a block by senior forward Jen Berkowitz.
Colgate (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League) started the third quarter with a 7-0 run, though, prompting a Bulldogs timeout.
"We didn't come out the way we needed to," said Guth. "We wanted to throw the first punch, like we did in the first quarter. Where we struggled was in our half-court defense. We called that quick timeout to settle the troops, and they came out and responded."
A three-pointer by sophomore guard Roxy Barahman got the Bulldogs back on track, part of an 11-point night for her. She also led the team in rebounds for the second straight game (11).
"I give credit to the posts that are boxing out," said Barahman. "I just happen to be coming up with the rebounds."
That three was part of a 17-8 run to end the third quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 24-point lead heading into the fourth. They led by as many as 28 in the fourth before finishing with the 26-point margin of victory.
Berkowitz led Yale with 17 points, adding eight rebounds. She led a total of five Bulldogs in double digits, joined by Andrew (12), Barahman (11), junior forward Alexandra Maund (10) and senior guard Tamara Simpson (10). Forward summer King scored 21 for Colgate.
As the Bulldogs now prepare for their first road trip of the year -- at Kansas Sunday and at Texas Christian next Tuesday -- they leave New Haven knowing that adding the threat of scoring from deep will make things tough on opposing defenses.
"I think we can really shoot the ball well," said Guth. "We'll be tough to guard if we can shoot the way we did tonight."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity
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