Watch out, Princeton and Penn. Yale is lurking in the background in plain sight.
The Elis upset favored and high scoring UNC, 66-63, Saturday at fabled Carmichael Arena, before a crowd of 2,632. It was the lowest point output of the season for the Tar Heels, coached by former Princeton coach Courtney Banghart.
With the win, Yale improved to 8-3 on the season and 5-2 away from home.
UNC fell to 9-2.
The Elis opened up on a blistering shooting pace, running out to a 21-9 first stanza lead. Carolina cut the lead to 30-28 at intermission.
The teams traded baskets in the third period before Yale once again got hot from the field in the fourth quarter to win the game.
The Elis managed to win despite an eight-point output from sophomore phenom Camilla Emsbo, the team’s second leading scorer at 15.7 points per contest.
Ellen Margaret Andrews was the shining offensive star with 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Leading scorer Roxy Barahman chipped in with 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Yale managed to win despite being outrebounded, 58-44.
Shayla Bennett kept the Tar Heels in the game with 25 points.
“This was a total team win,” coach Allison Guth said. “We had individuals who stepped up big time.”
Yale returns to action on Tuesday at home in the afternoon against Wagner, having knotted the all-time series with the Tar Heels at 1-1..