Alabama downs Yale in Classic consolation game
Posted: December 30, 2004
Bethlehem, PA – Alabama placed three players in double figures, led by Monique Bivins’ 19 points on six of 11 shooting as the Crimson Tide downed Yale 78-60 in the consolation game of the Christmas City Classic on Thursday at Stabler Arena.
With the victory, ‘Bama split its two games at the Classic and leaves Pennsylvania with a record of 8-3, while Yale fails to win a game in the tournament and returns to Connecticut with a mark of 1-8.
The game started off with both teams playing well, as neither squad was able to open up more than an eight point lead, which the Crimson Tide did at the mark. Alabama would head into the locker rooms ahead 35-28 on the strength of seven points by Bivins, while Yale received 16 first half points from Tory Mauseth on six of seven shooting.
In the second half, the ‘Tide was able to open up more of a cushion by stifling the Bulldogs on defense and getting out in transition for some easy baskets. Joining Bivins in double figures for Alabama were Krystle Johnson with 14 and Lauren Hill with 11. The Crimson Tide shot 40 percent from the field for the game and forced Yale into 25 turnovers. The Bulldogs were led by Mauseth’s 22 tallies and she also handed out three assists. Yale connected on 44 percent of its shots but was out rebounded 44-33.