CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Dartmouth women's basketball team had three players in double figures, led by a team-best 18 points from senior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.), but it wasn't enough to overcome a Harvard squad that shot 46.3 percent (31-of-67) in a 88-66 loss to the Crimson on Saturday afternoon.
Dartmouth (2-13, 0-1 Ivy) couldn't get much going from the offensive side of the ball, shooting just 39.6 percent (21-of-53) and 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from long range. Things were a little better on the defensive end, as the Big Green grabbed 32 rebounds and had four blocks.
Harvard got things going early behind the play of Victoria Lippert, who posted 11 of the Crimson's first 13 points, en route to a 19-point afternoon. Christine Clark paced the Crimson offense with a game-high 22 points.
Dartmouth opened the game with a strong defensive effort and forced the Crimson into turnovers on their first two possessions. Steen scored the first bucket of the game and posted seven first-half points.
Joining Steen in double figures were Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) with a career-best 13 points and Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) who added 10 points and nine rebounds, just shy of her second consecutive double-double.
Back-to-back baskets in the paint from Dawson snapped a four-minute scoring drought for the Big Green and jumpstarted the defense for the Big Green, as the visitors forced Harvard into two quick turnovers, which helped Dartmouth get going on the offensive end.
Dartmouth found some offense from reserves Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Roland. Toskovic had seven-points off the bench while Roland added four first-half points along with several crucial rebounds on the offensive end.
Trailing 30-10, Dartmouth used a 7-0 run, sparked by a triple from Toskovic, to get the once 20-point Crimson lead to just 13 points at the 5:14 mark of the half. The Big Green were able to get it all the way down to 10 with a trey from Steen and a pair at the free throw line from Lauren Taiclet (Wellesley, Mass.) with 3:41 remaining.
Harvard (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) wouldn't be denied and closed the half on a 12-6 run to extend their lead to 46-30 at the break.
The second half started much like the game with Steen drilling a triple. The Big Green cut the Crimson lead to 12-points, 50-37, with three minutes off the clock.
The Big Green would get as close as 11 points in the second half, but couldn't find away to shut down the Harvard offense, which scored 42 second-half points on the way to their sixth straight win over Dartmouth.
The Big Green will take some time off before jumping back into Ivy League play against these same Harvard Crimson on Jan. 26. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.
Big Green Sidelines
Dartmouth moves to 16-21 in Ivy League openers and 8-13 in road openers ... Lakin Roland's 13 points is a career-high ... Dawson's 10 points marks her second consecutive game in double figures ... Kaitana Martinez's four assists is a career-high.