December 26, 2016

Up next: Cardinal wraps up first third of season at home

The Cardinal come home to Maples for their last non-conference game of the season — against the Yale Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00. Yale, who was picked to finish sixth of eight in the Ivy League, is exceeding expectations. The Bulldogs lost two games early in the season but have won seven of their last eight and stand third in the league with an 8-3 record.

The Bulldogs aren't a very big team. Aside from 6-6 freshman center Jessica Lezon who has played just a few minutes, four of them are just an inch or two over six feet tall. But they do a good job of rebounding with 42 per game — the same as the Cardinal and five more than their opponents.

The Bulldogs rely on the long ball. They take 40% of their shots from beyond the arc and make about a third of them. Their top three scorers are junior forward Jen Berkowitz (14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg), senior guard Lena Munzer (12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and junior guard Tamara Simpson (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Stanford has played (and beat) Yale twice before, but not for a long time — in 1979 and 2007.

Jayne at Yale in 2007

I hope that those of you with long memories aren't looking forward to seeing ex-Washington coach "Sit down Chris" at Maples again. After ten years at Yale, she left in 2015 to move on to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and was replaced by former assistant Allison Guth.

Here are Yale's roster and season statistics.

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