Yale 91, No. 15 Florida St. 85

Yale coach Chris Gobrecht couldn’t remember a bigger victory in

her six seasons at the Ivy League school.

Megan Vasquez had 25 points and freshman Janna Graf added 22 to

lead the Bulldogs to a 91-85 upset win over No. 15 Florida State on

Saturday night.

”This would be No. 1,” Gobrecht said. ”The time we took the

Ivy championship away from Harvard, that might be No. 2.”

Michelle Cashen had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Yale (2-7),

which snapped a seven-game skid. The Bulldogs had hosted both

Stanford and Arizona State the last few years, but got blown out by

both ranked teams.

Down by 10 in the second half, Florida State responded with an

11-0 run to take a 65-64 lead with 10:44 left. The Seminoles were

able to twice take four-point leads, but were outscored 13-3 in the

final 4 minutes as Yale hit its free throws down the stretch.

”We’ve been so close,” said Gobrecht, who coached Florida

State for a season in 1996. ”We knew we were a good basketball

team. We were talking about how we were probably the best 1-7

basketball team in the country. We’ve just been dealing with a lot.

We’ve had a ton of people out. This was the closest we’ve come to

being whole all year. We’re still missing a starting guard. We’ve

been very close.”

”I think Florida State probably had their minds on something

else, and I’m sure that was not their best performance by any

means. But we stepped up and took advantage of the

opportunity.”

Courtney Ward had 19 points, Alexa Deluzio had 17 and Natasha

Howard 15 for FSU, which played its final tuneup before taking on

top-ranked Connecticut on Tuesday in Hartford. If UConn beats Ohio

State on Sunday, the Huskies will tie the UCLA men for the longest

win streak in Division I history at 88 games and can then break

that mark with a victory over the Seminoles.

”After the game we just talked about some people need to step

up and take personal responsibility,” Deluzio said. ”Like coach

said, once we take personal responsibility, that’s when we can come

together as a team and we can gel and mesh and cover for each other

as a team. We need to definitely learn from this game and apply

that, not just in the UConn game, but for every game from here on

out.”