2012-01-20 / Sports

Cashen Leads Yale’s Quest To Win Ivy League Title

By Elio Velez

Ryan Pearson. Ryan Pearson. There are high expectations for the Yale women’s basketball team this season. The Bulldogs are predicted to challenge for the Ivy League championship, and helping to lead their effort is Belle Harbor’s Michelle Cashen.

The senior forward and team captain has averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game for Yale this season. Cashen scored 15 points in Yale’s 8-47 win over Baruch College in their final non-regular season matchup on January 7.

Yale started their Ivy League conference play last Friday night with a 75-65 victory over Brown University in Providence. The Bulldogs will also play in front of the YES television cameras on February 17 at 7 p.m. against Dartmouth. If the Bulldogs win the Ivy League regular season title, they will clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA championships. Storming Pearson Leads Patriots

Michelle Cashen. Photo by Sam Rubin, Yale University. Michelle Cashen. Photo by Sam Rubin, Yale University. George Mason senior Ryan Pearson has gotten off to an explosive start this season. The Far Rockaway native has averaged 18 points a game, which is highest total in his four seasons with the Patriots.

George Mason learned a valuable on January 7 that they must pick up the slack if their leading scorer is not putting the ball in the basket.

Pearson only scored 10 points, but George Mason snapped CAA conference rival Georgia State’s 11-game winning streak on January 7 with a 61-58 victory. The 6-6 forward, who has averaged

18 points a game this season, did not hit a field goal for the entire game.

The 6-6 forward did make 10 free throws, but it was his teammates who made big contributions to lift George Mason to a 12-4 record. Mike Morrison scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Vertrail Vaughns added 17 points.

Pearson struggled with only 4 points and 11 rebounds in George Mason’s 60- 53 loss to Drexel on January 12. But the high flying forward bounced back on January 12 to score 19 points to help his team beat James Madison 89-83 on the road.

George Mason will host Delware, Towson and UNCW at home before Pearson returns close to home on Wednesday, January 25 as George Mason visits Hofstra at 7 p.m.

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