Richmond dared Yale to break the pressure all night long.
Fortunately for the Blue Devils, the suffocating defense was too much for the Bulldogs as Richmond protected its home court in a 44-22 win.
The Blue Devils found production from all over, but the guard play of Carley Barjaktarovich and her team-high 11 points led the offense. Mikayla Mlot had seven for Richmond, and Jenna Schroeder, Amanda Gorr and Evelyn Swantek each had six.
For Yale, Alissa McIntrye led the Bulldogs with six points.
Richmond will have quite the break ahead, playing next on Jan. 3 as it’ll host Sandusky, which is 4-0 on the season. Yale’s turnaround will be much quicker, traveling to Brown City on Tuesday.
The game opened up as an offensive struggle for both sides with the first field goal coming from Richmond’s Mary Ann Yamarino with 4:09 left in the first quarter. Yale’s Abby Cowhy answered with a 3-pointer for Yale’s first points with 3:20 left in the opening quarter, tying the game at 3-3.
Richmond then picked up the tempo at the end of the quarter with back-to-back baskets by Cameron Barrett and Barjaktarovich, ending the first quarter with a 9-3 lead.
The Blue Devils came out hot in the second quarter with Mlot and Barjaktarovich both scoring in the opening 30 seconds for a 13-3 lead.
Yale’s Mackenzie Desloover responded with an and-1 layup, but Richmond kept the high-octane pressure going and went on a 7-1 run to force the Bulldogs into calling a timeout down 20-7. When the teams went into the locker room the Blue Devils were up 26-10.
Barjaktarovich led the game with eight points at halftime, and Amanda Gorr also had four points for Richmond at the break.
The Blue Devils came out still clicking, starting with an and-1 converted by Barjaktarovich for a 29-10 advantage. Evelyn Swantek also caught fire late in the quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to grow the lead to 37-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was low-scoring as well as the teams combined for four points in the first six minutes. But luckily for Richmond, scoring wasn’t a necessity. The Blue Devils held on to go into Christmas break with a victory.