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Army West Point Cools Off Yale, 82-65

Alexandra Maund. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Maund. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Riding high after a big win at TCU this past Tuesday, the Yale women's basketball team hit a roadblock Sunday afternoon against Army West Point at Lee Amphitheater. The Black Knights outrebounded the Bulldogs by 10, limited Yale to an 0-for-9 performance from three-point range, and claimed a 28-9 advantage in scoring from the free throw line. It all added up to an 82-65 win for the visitors.

"Army is a well-coached team, and they play with a lot of heart and toughness," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "It seemed like every 50-50 ball went to Army."

Army (4-2, 0-0 Patriot League) jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first three minutes, and from that point on the Bulldogs kept trying to get out of that hole. They rallied to tie the game 10-10 on a jumper by sophomore guard Roxy Barahman with less than four minutes left in the quarter, but never wound up claiming the lead. The Black Knights benefitted from a buzzer-beating three-point heave from guard Libby Tacka that went in, giving Army a 21-18 edge heading into the second.

The Black Knights built that lead to as many as seven points in the second quarter, eventually heading into halftime up 41-35. Yale went 0-for-5 from three-point range in the second.

"If you're open, our team motto is 'shoot it'," said senior forward Jen Berkowitz, who had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. "Unfortunately, tonight they just didn't fall."

The Bulldogs also spent much of the game dealing with foul trouble; by halftime six different players had two fouls each. Senior guard Tamara Simpson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points, but headed to the bench with 2:45 left in the first quarter after picking up her second foul and did not return until the start of the second.

Thanks to scoring from nine different players in the third quarter, Army grew its lead to 12 heading into the fourth. Yale missed its seventh three-pointer of the game just before the quarter ended.

The Black Knights did not let up in the fourth. They built the lead to 17 before Yale sophomore forward Bronwyn Davies hit a jumper, then answered that with a three-pointer from Tacka to claim their largest lead of the game -- 70-52 with 7:27 to play.

A pair of steals by Barahman and one by Simpson in a span of just over two minutes could not turn the tide in Yale's favor, and Army closed out the game on a 12-3 run.

Guard Aliyah Murray led Army with 15 points, and she was one of four Black Knights to crack double digits. Yale had a decided edge in points in the paint -- 50-32 -- but Army made up for that by going 6-for-13 from three-point range. The Black Knights also went 28-for-36 from the charity stripe, while the Bulldogs were just 9-for-16.

In addition to Simpson's 22 and Berkowitz' 15, the Bulldogs also got eight points from junior forward Alexandra Maund. Barahman and Simpson had four steals each.

Yale (3-2, 0-0 Ivy League) hosts Providence Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity