NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale offense -- and junior guard Roxy Barahman in particular -- showed no signs of rust Tuesday night in the season opener at Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs poured in 80 points, their best point total in nearly a year, en route to an 80-61 win vs. Colgate. Barahman's career-high 25 points led all scorers -- and she also added seven rebounds and tied for the team lead in assists with four.
The Bulldogs as a team had 17 assists.
"We were really looking to share the ball early, and I think we did that as a team," said Barahman, who shot 9-for-16 (.563) from the floor.
An honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last season, Barahman scored nine points in the first quarter as Yale jumped out to a 20-14 lead. En route to a 10-point night, sophomore guard Tori Andrew swished a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded.
That momentum carried over into the second quarter, where Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) built a 34-17 lead by holding Colgate (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) scoreless until the 7:10 mark.
On a night where the Bulldogs just barely missed meeting their goal of holding an opponent to 60 points or less, there were plenty of positives on defense.
"We have an entirely new defensive system, designed to put ourselves in a position to close the gap between us and the top teams in our league," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "Our players have completely bought into our defensive system."
The Bulldogs built a 42-31 halftime lead into a 22-point bulge midway through the third quarter, but Colgate eventually stormed back to cut the deficit to 60-54 with 6:56 to play. A bucket by junior guard/forward Megan Gorman off an offensive rebound sparked a 16-4 run that put the game out of reach. Barahman had a pair of threes in that span.
"I wasn't worried, I knew they were just on a good run," Barahman said of Colgate's rally. "I knew we would come back, and just tried to calm everybody down. Once we got back into ourselves it turned out fine."
First-year forward Camilla Emsbo added 15 points, second only to Barahman for the game, while Gorman contributed a game-high 12 rebounds.
This was the most points in a game for Yale since an 82-72 win at TCU Nov. 21, 2017. The Bulldogs now head to Northern Illinois for the first round of the preseason WNIT Thursday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity