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Big Green Head to Yale and Brown For First Full Ivy Weekend

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Kaitana Martinez and the Big Green will take their talents to the road when they face off...     By Doug Austin

The Dartmouth women's basketball team kicks off the first full Ivy League weekend on Friday (Feb. 1) when it travels to Providence to take on Brown. The Big Green will close out the weekend at Yale on Saturday (Feb. 2). Tipoff for both games is at 6 p.m.  

Game 17: Dartmouth (3-13, 1-1 Ivy League) at Brown (7-9, 1-1 Ivy League)
Friday, February 1 (6:00 p.m.)
Providence, R.I. (Pizzitola Center)
Dartmouth leads, 49-22
Dartmouth has won one

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Game 18: Dartmouth (3-13, 1-1 Ivy League) at Yale (6-10, 1-1 Ivy League)
Saturday, February 2 (6:00 p.m.)
New Haven, Conn. (Lee Amphitheater)
Dartmouth leads, 50-20
Yale has won six

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Starting Five
1. Dartmouth opens the full Ivy League weekend when it travels to Brown and Yale. The Big Green are looking to snap Yale's current six-game winning streak and pick up its second consecutive road win at Brown.

2. The Big Green enter the weekend with a 1-1 Ivy League record which is the best start since the 2009-10 season when they opened with a 2-1 record which included wins over Harvard and Cornell.  

3. Dartmouth opens the first full Ivy weekend on the road for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when the Big Green opened with three consecutive road games. The team opened at Harvard and then traveled to Cornell and Columbia.  

4. Junior Nicola Zimmer, who missed the last three games with injury, made her return to the hardwood a memorable one. She tied her career-best with 18 points. She also added four rebounds and three steals in the Dartmouth victory.  

5. Dartmouth looks to continue its road success in Ivy League play. Two of the Big Green's three wins have come on the road. Last season, the Big Green defeated Brown and Columbia on the road.

Dartmouth vs. Brown Notables
-This will be the 72nd meeting between the Big Green and the Brown Bears. Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 49-22, but Brown has won three of the last four meetings.

-Dartmouth will be looking for its second consecutive road win against the Bears after defeating Brown, 57-52, last season. Prior to last season's win Dartmouth hadn't won on the Bears home court since 2009-10.

Dartmouth vs. Yale Notables
-This will be the 71st meeting between the Bulldogs and Big Green. Dartmouth owns a 50-20 series advantage, but Yale has won the last six meetings between the teams.

-The Big Green are looking for their first win in New Haven since the 2008-09 season. That was also the last time Dartmouth won the Ivy League Championship.

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 391st 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. Give the Big Green back-to-back Ivy League victories. Dartmouth only posted back-to-back Ivy victories once last season, with consecutive wins over Columbia and Cornell in March.  

3. If the Big Green should win both games, it will be the first time since the 2008-09 season that Dartmouth has swept a road Ivy weekend.   

Scouting Brown
Brown enters the weekend with a 7-9, 1-1 Ivy League record after dropping a home contest to Yale on Friday (Jan. 25). The loss gives the Bears and Bulldogs a split in the season series with each team winning on the opponent's home court. Lauren Clarke leads the Bears and is averaging 13.9 points per game. Sheila Dixon is also in double figures with 11.9 points per game and a team best 5.0 rebounds per game. Leading scorer Clarke is the lone player to start each game this season. Head coach Jean Marie Burr is in her 28th season at Brown and is the all-time winningest Bear's basketball coach.

Scouting Yale
Yale enters the weekend with a 6-10, 1-1 Ivy League record after defeating Brown 59-47 last Friday (Jan. 25). The Bulldogs, who split the season series with Brown, have won three of their last four games. 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Sarah Halejian leads the Bulldogs with 13.9 points per game and is joined in double figures by teammate Jana Graf who is averaging 11.9 points per game. Graf and Meredith Boardman are leading the way on the glass with 4.9 rebounds per game. Zeneb Keita isn't far behind and is grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. Head coach Chris Gobrecht is in her eighth season.

Big Green Earn Split with Harvard
Dartmouth avenged its, 88-66, road loss at Harvard by defeating the Crimson, 58-45, in its Ivy League home opener on Saturday (Jan. 26). The game featured the return of junior Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) who tied her career-high with 18 points. The win snapped Harvard's six-game win streak and was the first win for Dartmouth over their rival since 2009-10.

Home Sweet Leede Arena
The Big Green's win over Harvard marked the first home win this season and was the first home win over Harvard since the 2009-10 season. The Big Green had dropped their last six home games prior to the win over Harvard and last won at home in March of last season.

Wielgus Approaching 400 Wins At Dartmouth
With the win over Harvard, Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus picked up her 390th win with the Big Green. Wielgus is just 10 wins shy of 400 wins at Dartmouth. She is already the all-time winningest coach in program history.

Opening Ivy Play Strong
The Big Green enter the first full weekend of Ivy League action at 1-1, the first time the Big Green have been .500 since opening the 2009-10 season going 2-1 with wins over Harvard and Cornell. Dartmouth is looking to improve upon its four Ivy wins last season. The last time Dartmouth posted more then four Ivy League wins was in 2009-10 when they went 6-8. Prior to the 2009-10 season, the Big Green hadn't posted a losing Ivy slate since 1992-93.