Women’s Basketball: Despite strong start, Terriers fall to Yale 57-51

Sydney Johnson dribbles against Boston College Nov. 17, 2021. Johnson was one of Boston University’s leading scorers against Yale University Wednesday. HANNAH YOSHINAGA/ WTBU SPORTS

By Hannah Yoshinaga

The Boston University women’s basketball team (2-3, 0-0 PL) recorded its second consecutive loss Wednesday, falling to Yale (4-2, 0-0 Ivy League) 57-51. 

Junior guards Sydney Johnson and Liz Shean led the Terriers in scoring with 12 points each. It was Shean’s second straight game scoring in double-digits after she put up 11 points against Maine Sunday. 

Sophomore center Caitlin Weimar had one of her best performances of the season with 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist. 

Another key part of the offense was sophomore guard Sophie Beneventine, who dished out a team-leading five assists. The mark also eclipsed her previous career-best of two assists against UMass Lowell Nov. 9, 2021. 

After jumping out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter, the Terriers were outscored in the final three periods. 

BU struggled to convert from beyond the arc, where the team shot just 25% compared to the Bulldogs’ 42.1%. 

The Terriers also missed opportunities to score at the free-throw line, where they went 7-for-10. BU is shooting only 63.4% from the charity stripe on the season and went 6-of-14 on free-throw attempts in its last match against Maine. 

On the other side of the floor, Camilla Emsbo led Yale with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Christen McCann posted 13 points, while Klara Astrom scored 12 on 3-of-5 three-point shooting. 

The loss was also the Terriers’ second loss in a row versus an Ivy League team this season, as they were topped 69-40 by Princeton Nov. 14, 2021. BU has not defeated an Ivy League squad since Dec. 21, 2019, when they beat Dartmouth 74-56. 

The Terriers have an opportunity to break that streak Saturday when they face Harvard on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.