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Harvard, Dartmouth at Lee this Weekend

Yale will be wearing pink socks Friday as part of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale will be wearing pink socks Friday as part of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first weekend of back-to-back Ivy League games for the Yale women's basketball team brings a pair of New England rivals to Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs host Harvard on Friday night in the Ivy League Game of the Week on ESPN3 (6:00 p.m.), then face Dartmouth Saturday night on ESPN+ (6:00 p.m.). The Bulldogs are 4-0 at home and have won eight straight at Lee dating back to last February.

Bulldogs Beat Bears, Even Ivy Record

Yale (11-6, 1-1 Ivy League) evened its Ivy League record with a win vs. Brown at Lee Amphitheater last Saturday. The Bulldogs were led by a career-high 31 points from junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.), who also had a game-high six assists. That was the most points in a game for Yale since scoring 90 in a win vs. Wagner on Dec. 17, 2014. The Bulldogs held Brown to 36% shooting from the field and had a 54-35 advantage in rebounds, led by 12 from first-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.).

Breast Cancer Awareness Game Friday

Friday's game is Yale's Breast Cancer Awareness game. Fans are invited to add a name to the Cancer Honor Wall to acknowledge those affected by cancer. The Bulldogs will wear pink socks, and prior to the game they will honor Harvard coach Kathy Delaney-Smith -- a breast cancer survivor. At halftime the Bulldogs will be recognized as a team for their participation in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in New Haven last October.

Yale-New Haven Hospital Appreciation Night Saturday

Saturday's game is Yale-New Haven Hospital Appreciation Night. Employees can present their YNHH ID at the marketing table and receive a mini Yale Athletics prize pack.

We Love the 80s

Last Saturday's 84-point game against Brown marked the sixth time that Yale has scored 80 or more points with Allison Guth as the team's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. Three of those games have come this season. Here is the list:

  • 84 Jan. 26, 2019 vs. Brown (W, 84-72)
  • 82 Nov. 21, 2017 at TCU (W, 82-72)
  • 82 Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Colgate (W, 82-56)
  • 81 Jan. 16, 2016 vs. Brown (W, 81-54)
  • 80 Nov. 8, 2018 at Northern Illinois (L, 89-80)
  • 80 Nov. 6, 2018 vs. Colgate (W, 80-61)

Barahman Earns Ivy League Player of the Week for Second Time

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) was named Ivy League Player of the Week Monday, the second time this season she has earned that award. Barahman had a career-high 31 points in Yale's 84-72 win vs. Brown Saturday and helped hold Brown guard Shayne Mehta to 13 points -- nearly five below Mehta's average coming into the game.

Barahman is 21st in the nation in points per game (20.1). She is among the Ivy League's top 10 in:

  • Points per game (1st, 20.1)
  • Steals per game (t-2nd, 2.2)
  • Field goal percentage (6th, .410)
  • Assists per game (7th, 3.8)
  • Rebounds per game (10th, 6.7)

Here are her highs for the season in select categories:

  • Points: 31 vs. Brown Jan. 26 (career high)
  • Rebounds: 14 vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 29 (career high)
  • Assists: 6 (two times)
  • Steals: 4 (three times)

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

Roxy Watch

Junior guard Roxy Barahman (Calabasas, Calif.) is closing in on the 1,000 career point mark. She would be the 22nd Bulldog to accomplish that feat. Here is a look at her progress:

  • Current: 852 career points
  • Needs: 148 points
  • Averaging: 20.1 points per game
  • Projected to get to 1,000, at current average: Saturday, Feb. 23 at Harvard

Emsbo Leads League in Rebounding, Second in Blocks

First-year forward Camilla Emsbo (Lakewood, Colo.) leads the Ivy League in rebounding (9.1 rebounds per game) and is second in the league in blocks (1.9 per game). She has six double-doubles this season and ranks second on the team in points per game (11.9 per game).

Emsbo has earned the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award four times this season. No other player has earned the award more than three times.

Emsbo was a five-star ESPN recruit out of Lakewood High, and 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. She is in Branford College at Yale.

Yale's Crimson Connection

Yale assistant coach Emma Golen will go up against her alma mater this Friday. Golen played forward for Harvard, earning the team's most improved player award in 2011-12 and serving as team captain in 2012-13. The six-footer was second on the team in three-pointers as a junior and senior, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc both seasons. The Crimson went 77-40 overall and 42-14 in the Ivy League during her career, playing in the WNIT three times and advancing to the second round twice.

A Michigan native, Golen earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Harvard in 2013. She earned a master's degree in sports management from Michigan in 2015, serving as a grad assistant. She then spent two seasons at UMass-Lowell, returned to the Wolverines last season and helped them make the NCAA tournament, then joined the Bulldogs' staff this fall.

Home Streak Reaches Eight

The win vs. Brown extended Yale's home winning streak to eight games, starting with a 69-63 win vs. Harvard on Feb. 17, 2018. Overall the Bulldogs have enjoyed a considerable home court advantage in recent years. They are 37-18 (.673) since the start of the 2014-15 season:

2014-15: 8-4 (.667)
2015-16: 10-5 (.667)
2016-17: 7-4 (.636)
2017-18: 8-5 (.615)
2018-19: 4-0 (1.000)

Yale is averaging 73.5 points per game in its four home games this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 60.6 points per game in their 10 road games, and 61.3 points per game in their three neutral-site games.

Bulldogs Among Nation's Best Defensively

Yale is holding its opponents to a .356 shooting percentage this season, 28th in the nation. That represents an improvement of 51 percentage points from last season, when Yale's opponents shot .407.

Around the Ivy League

Ivy League play is in full swing starting this weekend, with all eight teams playing two games. In addition to Dartmouth and Harvard visiting Brown and Yale, Penn and Princeton visit Cornell and Columbia. Harvard (2-0) and Penn (1-0) are the only teams unbeaten in league play.

The top four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, which takes place at Lee Amphitheater Mar. 16 and 17.

Scouting Harvard

Harvard (9-6, 2-0 Ivy League) opened Ivy League play by sweeping Dartmouth. The Crimson is second in the Ivy League in offense (68.3 points per game) and shoots a league-best .420 from the field. The Crimson has the league's second-best field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .354 from the field. Guard Katie Benzan is sixth in the Ivy League in scoring (14.6 points per game), and forward Jadyn Bush is third in the league in rebounding (8.7 rebounds per game).

Scouting Dartmouth

Dartmouth (7-8, 0-2 Ivy League), which plays at Brown Friday, has dropped three of its last four games -- including a pair of losses to Harvard to start Ivy League play. The Big Green offense is led by forward Isalys Quinones (12.6 points per game, 10th in the Ivy League) and guard Cy Lippold (10.0 points per game, t-19th in the Ivy League).

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity