Road Stretch Continues with Visits to Wagner, Providence

The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale bench. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale at Wagner Tuesday 5:30 P.M.

Yale at Providence Thursday 7:00 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's basketball wraps up a stretch of seven straight road games with visits to Wagner (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., NEC Front Row) and Providence (Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Friars All-Access) this week. The Bulldogs have picked up a pair of wins away from Lee Amphitheater so far, including a 58-56 win at Youngstown State last Friday.

Bulldogs End Ohio Trip with Comeback Win at Youngstown State

Yale (3-3, 0-0 Ivy League) is coming off a thrilling comeback win at Youngstown State last Friday. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 17 points but outscored the Penguins 22-7 in the fourth quarter to come away with the win. Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit the go-ahead basket with 42 seconds left. The Bulldogs held YSU to 17 percent shooting from the field in the fourth.

Yale dropped the opening game of its Ohio trip at Cincinnati Nov. 21, falling 66-52. Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) led the Bulldogs with 26 points.

In between their games in Ohio, the Bulldogs celebrated Thanksgiving at the home of sophomore forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio). They practiced at her high school, Laurel School.

Barahman Paces Ancient Eight in Scoring

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) leads the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 23.5 points per game -- three more than any other Ivy player. That average places her 18th in the nation. She is third in the league in steals per game (2.3) and tied for third in assists per game (4.0).

Barahman was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 5. She set a career high in points with 29 in the Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. Her shooting percentage this season, .434, is 17 percent better than her shooting percentage last season.

Barahman is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Davenport College at Yale. She is a graduate of Oaks Christian.

Gorman on the Boards

Junior forward Megan Gorman (Vero Beach, Fla.) is third in the Ivy League in rebounds (8.3 per game). She had a season-high 12 rebounds in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate. She has had nine or more rebounds in four of Yale's first six games.

Gorman is an economics major in Trumbull College at Yale. She is a graduate of Vero Beach High. The Bulldogs will play in her home state of Florida at the end of December, participating in FAU's Holiday Classic Dec. 28 and 29. That tournament is in Boca Raton, roughly 100 miles from her hometown of Vero Beach.

Breakout Game for Gallagher

First-year guard Robin Gallagher (Cary, N.C.) had a season-high 10 points in Yale's 58-56 win at Youngstown State. She had just one point in the four previous games she had played, but took advantage of a season-high 24 minutes at YSU to hit four of her nine shots -- including a pair of threes -- while also grabbing five rebounds and getting a pair of steals.

Gallagher is a member of Ezra Stiles College and graduated from Athens Drive High School.

Emsbo Among Leaders Already

Six-foot-five forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.), a first year, has emerged as an impact player already. She leads the Ivy League in blocks (2.3 per game, 24th in the nation) and is second on the team in scoring (11.2 points per game). She is fourth in the league in rebounding (7.8 per game).

Emsbo was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the week of Nov. 5 after scoring a season-high 21 points in Yale's Preseason WNIT game at Northern Illinois Nov. 8. She had a season-high 13 rebounds in that game. Her four blocks in that game are tied for her season high, as she also accomplished that feat in the 58-56 win at Youngstown State Nov. 23.

Emsbo, a member of Branford College, was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High. ESPN ranked her as the No. 34 best recruit in the country (sixth-best at her position). She was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado.

Comeback Kids

Yale came back from a 17 point deficit to win at Youngstown State on Friday. The last time the Bulldogs rallied from a deficit that large was in the Women's Basketball Invitational semifinals Mar. 24, 2018, when they trailed South Alabama by 19 points before rallying for a 76-74 overtime win. After winning that game, the Bulldogs went on to win the WBI Championship.

Block Party

Yale is second in the Ivy League in blocked shots per game (4.5, 38th in the nation). The Bulldogs have blocked at least two shots in every game and had a high of seven blocked shots in the season-opening 80-61 win vs. Colgate. That was the most blocks in a game by any Ivy League team this season.

Ball Security

Yale leads the Ivy League in fewest turnovers, averaging only 13.3 per game (31st best in the nation). The team's 11 turnovers in the 67-64 win vs. Niagara Nov. 16 marked a season best.

The Kids Are Alright

With just two seniors on the roster this season, Yale has been relying heavily on the other three classes for production -- they account for 92 percent of the team's minutes played and 96 percent of the team's points. Three sophomores (guards Tori Andrew (Wayzata, Minn.) and Ellen Margaret Andrews (Dallas, Texas) and forward Alex Cade (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and a first year (forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.)) have started games so far. Andrew and Emsbo have started every game.

Road Warriors

Yale is in the middle of a stretch of seven straight road games and will play just one home game between Nov. 7 and Dec. 19. By the time the Bulldogs reach that point in the schedule, they will have played as many games in Ohio and Texas as in Connecticut (two) -- and they will have played more games in New York (three). From Dec. 20 through Feb. 2, the Bulldogs make up for all those road games by playing four of seven games in John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Scouting Wagner

Wagner (1-5, 0-0 NEC) has dropped three in a row, the last two by a combined five points. The Seahawks have three players averaging double digits in points, led by forward Emilija Krista Grava (12.5 points per game). She also leads the team in rebounding (7.5 per game). A freshman from Ligatne, Latvia, she was named NEC Rookie of the Week for the week of Nov. 12.

Yale beat Wagner 66-52 the last time these teams met (Nov. 30, 2016 at Wagner). Forward Jen Berkowitz '18 had a team-best 20 points. Senior forward Alexandra Maund (Dorchester, Mass.) led the team in rebounds with nine.

Scouting Providence

Providence (1-2, 0-0 Big East), which plays at BC Tuesday night, has played just once since Nov. 15. The Friars' two losses this season, at Penn State and vs. Quinnipiac, have been by a total of six points.  They trailed Quinnipiac by 13 with 9:25 left but went on a 12-0 run to get within one before the Bobcats went on to seal the victory.

Guard Chanell Williams leads Providence in scoring (12.7 points per game), thanks largely to a 25 point game in the 62-52 win vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 21. She was a Big East all-freshman team selection last season.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity