WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bulldogs split four games, keep record at .500

Since the start of Thanksgiving Break, the team has won two games against Maine and New Mexico State but lost two games to Houston Christian and UMass.

Heinrich Frech

1:36 am 2 December 2022

Contributing Reporter

Yale Athletics

After eight games this season, the Yale women’s basketball team is tied 4-4.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 0-0 Ivy) have played four games since the Thanksgiving break began. The Elis defeated Maine (3-4, 0-0 America East) on Nov. 19 to start the break strong.

“We just moved the ball well and kept making the right passes and finding the open person,” wrote Jenna Clark ’24. “We felt it on offense that night and shot the ball well.”

The next week, Yale traveled to Colorado to play the University of Denver Classic against New Mexico State University (2–4, 0–0 WAC) and Houston Christian University (3–2, 0–0 Southland). The Bulldogs beat NMSU and lost to HCU. Upon returning to the East Coast, the Bulldogs played at the University of Massachusetts (7–1, 0–0 Atlantic 10) and fell to the Minutewomen.

In their game in Maine, the Elis outplayed their hosts 17-3 in the second quarter to end the first half 30-10. The Bulldogs held off Maine for the remainder of the game, winning 55-46. Clark led the roster with 15 points and five assists. Elles van Der Maas ’24 scored 11 points and Mackenzie Egger ’25 added 10 more.

In Colorado, at the University of Denver Classic, Yale brought their offensive tackle to the table when at least three players scored in double figures in every game.

In the first game against New Mexico State, the Bulldogs won 73-65. Clark and Nyla McGill ’25 each had 11 points, while rookie Kiley Capstraw ’26 led the team with 23. This was Capstraw’s second time over 20 points this season.

“It’s great to have a newcomer who can contribute in so many different ways,” said Egger. “She’s going to have a great career at Yale and it’s great to see her grow with every game.”

In their next game against Houston Christian, Yale failed to pull forward and fell 68-61. Four huskies scored in double digits and Warden Kennedy Wilson had her season high with twenty points. Wilson wasn’t the only player on the court to pull off a career game, however, as Yale received a peak from Clark. The junior guard led the Bulldogs in points, rebounds and assists with a stat line of 15-8-5 and had a career-high eight rebounds.

Yale left Denver, played at UMass on Wednesday night, and fell 72-57 to the Minutewomen, who have won six straight games since losing to Tennessee earlier in the season. At that time the volunteers were number 5 in the country.

Against Yale, UMass prevailed early in the game. The Bulldogs fell 14 points behind at the end of the first half, and despite season-high assists from McGill and points from Grace Thybulle ’25, the team couldn’t close the gap in the second half. McGill led the Bulldogs with seven assists and 11 rebounds while Thybulle had 16 points.

Of her season best, Thybulle wrote to the News: “I was definitely in a bit of a bind going into this game so I worked with Coach [Dalila Eshe] and my positional coach to put things right. We’ve worked a lot to make me use my physicality more efficiently and take more time on the edge.”

The Bulldogs next play Syracuse (5-2, 0-0 ACC) at Payne Whitney High School on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.