Fourth-Quarter Run Lifts Providence Past Yale, 59-42

Megan Gorman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Megan Gorman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence utilized a decisive 18-3 fourth quarter to break open a close game with the Yale women's basketball team Thursday night at Alumni Hall, taking down the Bulldogs 59-42. Junior guard Roxy Barahman led Yale with 15 points, while sophomore guard Tori Andrew added 10. First-year forward Camilla Emsbo led the team in rebounds with 12.

Yale (4-4, 0-0 Ivy League) grabbed the lead early, going up 4-3 on a jumper by Barahman at 8:02 of the first, and led by as many as 11 in the second quarter. But Providence took advantage of 13 first-half turnovers and 25% shooting by Yale to hang close, and a 15-2 run in the final six minutes gave the Friars a 28-24 lead heading into the break.

Yale rallied to tie the game 32-32 early in the third on a jumper by Andrew, but Providence (3-2, 0-0 Big East) responded with a 7-2 run to re-establish its lead. The Friars led 41-39 heading into the final quarter.

The Bulldogs had multiple chances to tie the game early in the fourth, but missed their first four shots and had two turnovers. Providence eventually made Yale pay, as guard Maddie Jolin drained a three-pointer to extend the lead. That started a 9-0 run that put the Bulldogs in a hole. Sophomore forward Alex Cade finally brought the run to an end with a layup at 2:23, Yale's first points of the quarter. But Providence guard Jovana Nogic answered with a three-pointer that quelled any chance of a Bulldog comeback.

Yale finished with a season-high 21 turnovers and a season-low three assists. The Bulldogs continue to show their youth, with two sophomores and a first year starting, while also dealing with having four of the team's 16 players sidelined.

"We've got to fix some offensive deficiencies in terms of sharing the basketball," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We became a little too one-dimenstional tonight."

This concludes a seven-game road stretch for Yale. The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday vs. Saint Peter's at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

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