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Dartmouth Travels To Instate Rival New Hampshire on Wednesday

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Milica Toskovic and the Big Green head to New Hampshire on Wednesday.      By Mark Washburn

The Big Green women's basketball closes its two-game road swing with a trip to Durham, N.H., to take on instate rival, New Hampshire. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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Game 7: Dartmouth (1-5-0, 0-0 Ivy League) at New Hampshire (3-4-0, 0-0-0 America East)
Wednesday, December 5 (5:30 p.m.)
Durham, N.H. (Lundholm Gymnasium)
 New Hampshire leads, 19-16
New Hampshire has won two

Starting Five
1. Wednesday's game will be the seventh consecutive meeting between the instate rivals. The Wildcats own a 19-16 series advantage and have won the last two meetings. Dartmouth is looking for its first win in Durham since the 2008-09 season.

2. The Wildcats are the first of two back-to-back America East foes for the Big Green. The Big Green will take on Hartford in its next contest and have also played Albany already this season.

3. The Big Green are looking to snap its current five-game slide after falling to Old Dominion in their last outing on Sunday (Dec. 2). Dartmouth is also looking for its second road win after defeating Bryant, 64-53, in its season-opener on Nov. 10.

4. Wednesday's game concludes a stretch of back-to-back road games for the Big Green and a stretch of games in which four of five games were played on the road. The Big Green will host Hartford on Sunday (Dec. 9) before hitting the road for its next two games.

5. Dartmouth has been hot from long range as of late and is looking to keep it going against the Wildcats. The Big Green enter Wednesday's game averaging 7.5 three-pointers over the last two games. In contrast, Dartmouth was only averaging 2.8 through the first four games of the season.

Dartmouth vs. New Hampshire Notables
-The Big Green and Wildcats will tangle for the seventh consecutive time and this will be Dartmouth's first trip to Durham since the 2010-11 season. Dartmouth is looking for its first win in the last three meetings. The Big Green are 2-1 in its last three trips to Durham.

-Dartmouth is one of five Ivy League foes on the Wildcat's schedule this season. New Hampshire has already taken on Yale, Cornell, Harvard and Brown. UNH has defeated Yale and Cornell and has losses to Harvard and Brown. Other common opponents include Albany, Hartford and Holy Cross.

-The Big Green are searching for their first win over an America East opponent since defeating Vermont last season. The Big Green are 51-70 against America East foes.

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 389th win at Dartmouth. She entered the 2012-13 season needing 13 wins to claim her 400th victory as head coach of the Big Green.

2. Snap the Big Green's five-game skid and give Dartmouth its second road win this season. Last season, Dartmouth won four road games including non-conference wins over Vermont and Colgate.

3. Send New Hampshire to its fourth consecutive loss and give them three losses to Ivy League foes this season. It will also give the Big Green their first win over the Wildcats since 2009-10.   

Scouting New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters the game with a 3-4 record and on a three-game losing streak. Two of the losses came at the hands of fellow Ivy League foes, Harvard and Brown. The Wildcats are led by Cari Reed who is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game. Morgan Frame and Kelsey Hogan are also in double figures with 10.6 and 10.4 points per game. Reed also leads the rebounding effort with 7.9 boards per game. Head coach Maureen Magarity is in her third year as head coach and last season led the Wildcats to the postseason and the Women's Basketball Invitational. Wednesday's game against Dartmouth is the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Wildcats.

On the Road Again ...
Wednesday's game is the second consecutive road game for the Big Green, as they took on Old Dominion in Norfolk in their last outing. The Big Green will play one game at home on Sunday (Dec. 9) before hitting the road for its next two games at Florida International (Dec. 15) and Marquette (Dec. 20). When it's all said and done, Dartmouth will have played seven road games to just three home games before the Blue Sky Classic on Dec. 29-30.

Schmitt Picks Up Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors
Fresh off her career-high 18 points against Syracuse, sophomore Abbey Schmitt picked up her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor. Schmitt posted a career-high against the Orange and added 11 rebounds against Old Dominion. She is averaging 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in her first collegiate season after sitting out with injury last season. Schmitt also won the award on Nov. 12 after posting a double-double in her collegiate debut.  Schmitt, who is also leading the Big Green in rebounding, has been in either double-figure rebounds or points in each game this season.

Dartmouth Had Old Dominion on the Ropes
The Big Green gave Old Dominion all it had and then some in a 73-59 loss to the Lady Monarchs on Sunday (Dec. 2). Dartmouth held an eight-point lead in the first half and trailed by just six points in the final 3:55 of the contest. For the second consecutive contest the Big Green were bolstered by three-point shooting, drilling seven three-pointers. In the last two games, the Big Green have hit 14 triples, compared to just 11 over the first four games.  In all every player pulled down at least one rebound and nine of the 10 players that played scored a point. Talk about balance!