Defense, Balanced Scoring Yield 62-51 Win at Army West Point

Bronwyn Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Bronwyn Davies. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Yale women's basketball team got another great performance from junior guard Roxy Barahman Tuesday night at Army West Point, as Barahman poured in 19 points -- the eighth time this season she has scored that many in a game. But it took more than a one-woman show to beat the Black Knights, and in the end it was scoring depth and defense that lifted Yale to a 62-51 win at Christl Arena. The Bulldogs held Army to 31 percent shooting from the field and had four players score eight or more points in the win, just their second in 16 visits to West Point -- and first since Jan. 14, 1998.

In addition to Barahman's big night, which also included four assists and three steals, the Bulldogs also got another double-double from first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (14 points, 14 rebounds) -- her third in the last four games.

"Camilla was really tremendous at being more aggressive with her back to the basket," said Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "She was aggressive working off her drop-step."

A pair of sophomores, guard Tori Andrew and forward Alex Cade, chipped in eight points each. Andrew was one of five Yale players to hit a three-pointer, joined by Barahman, Emsbo, sophomore guard Ale Aguirre and junior forward Megan Gorman.

"We feel we have opportunities to score inside and out, when we get touches that way," said Guth. "You saw people step up at different times. We are running a variety of motion looks to read what the defense gives us."

Yale's defense was strong from the start, as it took nearly seven minutes for Army to get on the scoreboard. The Black Knights fell behind 18-8, but eventually rallied to tie the game 20-20 with 4:32 left in the second. The Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run -- a Cade layup, and Emsbo three and a Barahman jumper -- and eventually took a 29-21 lead into halftime.

That lead grew to 10 in the third quarter, when Yale (7-5, 0-0 Ivy League) limited Army to 23 percent shooting from the field. After the Black Knights got within five early in the fourth quarter, five straight points from Andrew -- including three from the free-throw line -- got the lead back to double digits. Army (4-6, 0-0 Patriot League) got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

The win caps a particularly busy stretch for the Bulldogs. They played four games (three on the road) in the last eight days, winning three of them. Yale now has a break for exams before returning to the court vs. Central Connecticut State Dec. 20.

"With four games in eight days, we were just trying to get our kids to the finish line," said Guth. "We have learned from our losses so far this year. The good thing is we are incredibly hungry. We don't think we have played our best basketball yet. We've learned how to grind out wins with our defensive tenacity, even when we haven't clicked offensively. When both of those things are working, we could be special."

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