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,” said Gobrecht, a former University of Washington coach. “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 past 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 to go. 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 after 11 seasons at Washington. “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 tune-up 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 NCAA Division I history at 88 games and can break that mark with a win 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.”
At No. 7 West Virginia 83, St. Francis 55: Madina Ali scored 18 points, Asya Bussie had 17 and the Mountaineers (11-0) improved their school-record home winning streak to 26 games.
At Wyoming 63, Washington State 43: Hillary Carlson had 25 points to lead the Cowgirls (7-3) over the Cougars (2-9), who got 10 points from Hana Potter.
USC 68, Colorado 54: Briana Gilbreath and Ashley Corral scored 14 points apiece to lead the Trojans (6-3) over the Buffaloes (7-3).