Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yale 53, Saint Peter's 45: Ray Floriani's Tempo-Free Analysis

Saint Peter's in a postgame huddle. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)

Jersey City, NJ ­- Missed opportunities. The Saint Peter's women had a chance to get a nonconference victory, only to come up empty on several crucial possessions down the stretch, as Yale posted a 53-45 victory at the Yanitelli Center. The Ivy League representatives improved to 6-8, while Saint Peter's is now 1-14. The pace and efficiency:

Possessions: Yale 70, Saint Peter's 69
Offensive Efficiency: Yale 76, Saint Peter's 65

Four Factors:
eFG%: Saint Peter's 37, Yale 35
FT Rate: Yale 34, Saint Peter's 33
OREB%: Saint Peter's 40, Yale 33
TO Rate: Saint Peter's 39, Yale 23

What Yale did well: Defend, which included forcing Saint Peter's into a ridiculously high 39% TO rate (27 turnovers). Granted, Saint Peter's was guilty of some unforced errors, but a good deal were the result of a Yale defense that blocked 7 shots, came up with 7 steals and kept Saint Peter's at under 40% shooting from the floor.

What Saint Peter's did well: It was deceptive. They had a higher offensive rebounding percentage, but in the stretch, Saint Peter's was guilty of missing box out assignments and not getting to a few crucial rebounds. They did get bench contributions, and outscored Yale 22-13 in that category.

Scoring Leaders:
Yale: Tamara Simpson, 15 points
Saint Peter's: Antonia Smith, 13 points

Efficiency Leaders:
Yale: Katie Werner, 14
Saint Peter's: Antonia Smith, 13

Tamara Simpson of Yale had an 11 efficiency. Werner grabbed the top spot due to her 10 points and 7 rebounds. Smith shot 5-of-11 from the floor and tied for game high rebounding honors, grabbing seven from her guard spot.

Yale had four in double figures, though Simpson did appreciable damage, finishing a few key late game penetrations. Interestingly, Yale only had a 17-­16 edge in points off turnovers. The damage was done as over one of three possessions by Saint Peter's wound up as an empty trip down the floor.

“It’s been tough. We have a lot of young kids learning, but the attitude is great. They are great kids that come to practice and work hard everyday.” - Saint Peter’s coach Pat Coyle

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