Yale Rallies for 58-56 Win Over Women’s Basketball

Sarah Cash (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Sarah Cash (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Yale overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to rally for a 58-56 victory over the Youngstown State women's basketball team on Friday at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins led by as many as 17 in the third period, and their lead was 49-33 after a McKenah Peters 3-pointer with 58 seconds to go in the period. Yale got a three-point play on its next possession, then proceeded to outscore Youngstown State 22-7 in the fourth.

YSU's lead was 53-42 with 8:15 left after a Mary Dunn layup, but the Penguins made just one more basket the rest of the game. Camilla Emsbo's bucket at the 6:52 mark sparked a 14-0 run for the Bulldogs that decided the game. Emsbo's putback at the 3:36 mark gave the Bulldogs a 54-53 lead, their first since the opening two minutes of the second period, and Roxy Barahman's basket on the following possession made Yale's advantage 56-53.

YSU's McKenah Peters hit a 3-pointer at the 2:02 mark to tie the score at 56, but that was the Penguins' final bucket of the night. Youngstown State missed its final five shots, including three from beyond the arc in the final 20 seconds.

The Penguins got back-to-back stops after Peters' 3, but Peters was whistled for an offensive foul away from the ball that resulted in YSU's fourth turnover of the period. Yale's Megan Gorman then hit a jumper at the elbow out of a timeout for the final points of the night.

Sarah Cash finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Dunn finished with 14. Yale held that pair to two points in the final period as it switched to zone, and the Penguins went 1-for-11 from beyond the arc in the fourth.

YSU held Barahman to 12 points, which was under half her average, but the junior guard scored 10 of her points in the fourth period.

Yale, which won the WBI last season, evened its record to 3-3 while Youngstown State dropped to 4-2.

The score was within three points the entire first period, and Yale's final lead until late in the fourth came at 16-15 at the 8:50 mark. Cash scored to spark a 15-0 run for the Penguins that put them ahead 30-16 with 2:39 remaining. Yale got to within 32-23 in the final minute before Olson nailed a triple to give YSU a 35-23 cushion at halftime.

Alison Smolinski scored the first five points of the second half to put YSU up 40-23, and a Madison Mallory jumper made the margin n17 again at 42-25 with 6:02 remaining in the third.

Youngstown State remains home for another Northeast Ohio rivalry game on Wednesday against Akron. Tipoff against the Zips is set for 7 p.m. There will be a Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Mercy Health at halftime, and fans who bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal and throw it onto the court at halftime will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a future home game.