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
”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
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