Karen Yarasavage was a three-sport All-Stater at Milford High School, but her greatest success was in basketball. As a member of Coach Lee Franzman’s team , she played in two con-secutive Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class M championship games and led Milford to a Cross County Conference crown.
Yarasavage went onto a stellar career at Yale University where she was a four-year letter winner. She had the best field goal percentage (.517) in 1984-1985, was the season leader in rebounding (181), team MVP and All-Ivy during the 1986-1987 season. Her career field goal per-centage (.615) is still a Yale record.
Yarasavage was team captain, the Elis’ Most Valuable Player and an All-Ivy First Team selection during the 1986-87 season. Twice she was named Ivy League player of the year.
The Karen Yarasavage Award at Yale was created in 2005-06. The recipient demonstrates the grit and determination which were Karen’s trademarks.