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Women's Basketball Puts Three-Game WIn Streak On Line

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The Big Green will take on Columbia and Cornell in Ivy League action.      By Doug Austin

The Dartmouth women's basketball team welcomes Ivy League foes, Columbia and Cornell to Leede Arena for basketball action this weekend. The Big Green and Lions will square off on Saturday at 6 p.m. while Dartmouth will take on Cornell on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Game 19: Dartmouth (5-13, 3-1 Ivy League) vs. Columbia (2-16, 0-4 Ivy League)
Saturday, February 9 (6:00 p.m.)
Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Dartmouth leads, 47-10
Dartmouth has won two

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Game 20: Dartmouth (5-13, 3-1 Ivy League) vs. Cornell (10-8, 2-2 Ivy League)
Sunday, February 10 (2:00 p.m.)
Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Dartmouth leads, 54-13
Dartmouth has won one

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Starting Five
1.Fresh off its road sweep of Brown and Yale, the Big Green host their first Ivy home weekend when Columbia and Cornell come to Leede Arena. Dartmouth is looking for its fourth straight win over the Lions and its second consecutive over Cornell after defeating both teams at home last season.

2. The Big Green enter the weekend with a 3-1 Ivy League record which equals its best Ivy League start since the 2009-10 season when they also opened with a 3-1 record with wins over Harvard, Columbia and Penn.

3. Should the Big Green make it five straight wins with a sweep of the weekend, it will be the first five-game win streak for Dartmouth since the 2008-09 season. The longest win streak for the Big Green in the last three seasons has been three games.

4. Sophomore Tia Dawson looks to continue her strong start to Ivy League action. She is averaging 8.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against Ivy League opponents. She picked up her eighth career and second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Yale.

5. Dartmouth looks to bring its recent road success to its home court. Of the Big Green's five wins, four have come on the road as opposed to just one win at Leede Arena. The last time Dartmouth swept an Ivy League home weekend was against Columbia and Cornell in the final home weekend last season.

Dartmouth vs. Columbia Notables
-This will be the 58th meeting between the Big Green and the Lions. Dartmouth has won the last three meetings between the teams including a sweep of the Lions last season. Columbia, who has only won 10 meetings in the all-time series, last won in Leede Arena during the 2009-10 season.  

-Dartmouth has won six of the last eight meetings between the squads and has a 10-2 record at Leede Arena against Columbia dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Dartmouth vs. Cornell Notables
-Saturday's meeting will be the 68th meeting between Dartmouth and Cornell and both teams enter the match in the top four in the Ivy League standings. The teams have split meetings in each of the last two seasons and in three of the last four seasons with the home team winning on each occasion.

-The Cornell game will feature a matchup of high school teammates Faziah Steen and Spencer Lane. The seniors prepped together at Detroit Country Day. Harvard's Emma Golen was also a teammate at the Detroit area school.

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 393rd 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. Two wins would extend Dartmouth's winning streak to five straight games, the longest winning streak for the Big Green since the 2008-09 season. Two wins would also give Dartmouth back-to-back Ivy League sweeps.

3. Give the Big Green its third win at Leede Arena this season. The three wins would be the most home wins since the 2010-11 season when Dartmouth posted five wins at Leede Arena. Last season, the Big Green had two home wins.

Scouting Columbia
Columbia enters the weekend with a 2-16, 0-4 Ivy League record after dropping its last eight games. The Lions, whose last win came on Dec. 11 against St. Francis, N.Y., are winless on the road with a 0-9 record. The Lions are led by Tyler Simpson who is averaging 10.4 points per game as the lone Lion in double figures. Her average improves to 12.8 points against Ivy League foes.  Courtney Bradford leads the way on the glass with a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game while Brittany Simmons is also contributing 5.5 rebounds per game. Head coach Paul Nixon is in his ninth season on the Columbia sidelines.

Scouting Cornell
Cornell, who will take on Harvard on Friday night, enters with a 10-8, 2-2 Ivy League record after falling to Princeton and Penn last weekend. The Big Red's loss to Princeton snapped a four-game win streak. Cornell enters with a 4-4 road record and will be playing just its third road game in the last seven games. Allyson DiMagno leads the offense with a team-best 13.4 points per game and is joined in double figures by teammate Clare Fitzpatrick with 12.8 points. DiMagno also leads the defense with 11.6 rebounds per game, a number that jumps to 13.5 against Ivy League opposition. Head coach Dayna Smith is in her 11th season

Big Green Open Ivy League Action in BIG way
The Big Green opened the Ivy League slate on Jan 12 with a loss to rival, Harvard, in Cambridge and haven't looked back. The young Dartmouth team has won each of its last three games and swept an Ivy League road weekend for the first time since the 2008-09 season. In fact, Dartmouth's three-game win streak mark the most consecutive wins for the Big Green since the 2010-11 season.

Snapping Streaks
The Big Green's win at Yale snapped the Bulldogs' six-game win streak against Dartmouth. The win was the first for the Big Green in New Haven, Conn., since the 2008-09 season. Dartmouth also snapped a similar win streak against Harvard with its win on Jan. 26 in Hanover.

Steen Earns Spot on Ivy League Honor Roll
Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) earned a spot on this week's Ivy League honor roll for her efforts in both Big Green wins. Dartmouth's leading scorer with 12.1 points per game, Steen scored a season-best 19 points in the win at Yale and has been in double figures in each of the last five games.

Dawson Elevating Her Game in Ivy Action
Sophomore Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) enjoys Ivy League action and her recent production showcases this.  She has posted double-figure rebounds in each of the last two games and in four of the last six and also posted her second double-double against Yale with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She is the only Dartmouth player to post a double-double this season. Additionally, Dawson's production has increased against Ivy opponents. She is averaging 8.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against Ivy League foes, an increase of three points per game/

Block City
Dawson has also gotten back to her shot blocking ways as of late and with her five blocks against Brown and Yale moves into the 11th spot on Dartmouth's all-time blocks list. She currently has 67 career blocks and needs just 62 to move into the top five.

Martinez is Swishin' and Dishin'
Rookie Kaitana Martinez (Hailey, Idaho) has also made some big strides since the start of Ivy League play. The guard has become a more efficient passer and in the Brown win, posted a career-best five assists and five steals.