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Women's Basketball Heads to Princeton and Penn

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The Big Green will hit the road to tangle with Princeton and Penn this weekend.      By Mark Washburn

The Dartmouth women's basketball team hits the road for weekend games against Ivy League leader, Princeton, and Penn. The Big Green will tangle with the Tigers on Friday and will travel to Penn on Saturday. Both games will tipoff at 7 p.m.

Game 20: Dartmouth (6-13, 4-1 Ivy League) at Princeton (14-5, 5-0 Ivy League)
Friday, February 15 (7:00 p.m.)
Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gym)
Dartmouth leads, 43-25
Princeton has won six

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Game 21: Dartmouth (6-13, 4-1 Ivy League) at Penn  (10-9, 3-2 Ivy League)
Saturday, February 16 (7:00 p.m.)
Philadelphia, Pa. (Palestra)
Dartmouth leads, 42-25
Penn has won three

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Starting Five
1. The Big Green will put its four-game win streak on the line against Princeton and Penn this weekend. The Big Green, who own a 2-0 road record in Ivy League action, are looking for their first win in Princeton since 2008-09 and first win at the Palestra since 2009-10.

2. Should the Big Green make it six straight wins with a sweep of the weekend, it will be the first six-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.

3. Dartmouth has picked up its production since the start of Ivy League action. In five Ivy League games, leading scorer Faziah Steen's production is up 2.6 points per game while Nicola Zimmer is up 4.8 points. Tia Dawson also continues to be impressive averaging 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds against Ivy League foes.

4. The Big Green are looking to continue their road success. Of Dartmouth's six wins, four have come on the road with two road wins in Ivy League action. In the last three seasons the Big Green have combined for just nine road wins with just five coming in Ivy League action.

5. Dartmouth's four Ivy League wins and six overall wins equal last season's Ivy League and overall win totals. The Big Green haven't had a winning season since 2008-09 and haven't had more than four Ivy League wins since claiming the Ivy League title with a 13-1 record in 2008-09.

Dartmouth vs. Princeton Notables
-This will be the 69th meeting between the Tigers and Big Green. Although the Big Green lead the all-time series, 43-25, Princeton has won the last six meetings. Dartmouth is looking for its first road win against the Tigers since the 2008-09 season.

-This is the annual match-up between teacher and student. Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart is a New Hampshire native and played for Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus from 1996-00 and served as an assistant coach from 2003-07.  She was a teammate of current assistant coach Erin Rewalt and coached Director of Operations, Koren Schram.

Dartmouth vs. Penn Notables
-Saturday's meeting between Dartmouth and Penn is the 68th meeting between the teams and features a matchup of the third and fourth place teams in the Ivy League. Dartmouth is seeking its first win over the Quakers since 2010-11 and first road win since 2009-10. Penn swept Dartmouth for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

-The Penn game is the first Play4Kay Pink game that the Big Green will participate in this season. The annual event, which is held throughout the country, raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Dartmouth will hold a similar event at home on Feb. 22 against Yale.

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 394th win as Dartmouth head coach. She entered the 2012-13 season needing 13 wins to claim her 400th victory as head coach of the Big Green. With eight games left on the schedule it is feasible that she could reach the milestone this season.

2. Two wins would extend Dartmouth's winning streak to six 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 road sweeps.

3. A win against Princeton would snap the defending Ivy League champions, 28-game conference win streak and end their six-game win streak against Dartmouth. A win over Penn would snap a three-game streak for the Quakers against the Big Green.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton enters the weekend in a familiar place, atop the Ivy League standings, the Tigers have a 14-5, 5-0 Ivy League record and have won their last seven games entering Friday's contest. The Tigers, who also boast a 7-0 record at Jadwin Gym, are led by reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Niveen Rasheed who is averaging 16.9 points per game and is the lone Tiger in double figures. She also leads the way on the glass averaging nearly 10 rebounds with 9.2 boards per game.  Against Ivy League foes, the Tigers have four players averaging double-figures. Rasheed leads the way with 17.0 points and is joined by Kristen Helmstetter (10.0), Megan Bowen (11.8), Blake Dietrick (11.8) and Michelle Miller (11.2). Princeton is a very balanced squad and has nine players averaging 5.3 points or better. Head coach Courtney Banghart is in her sixth season on the Princeton sidelines.  

Scouting Penn
Penn, much like the Big Green, is seeing a resurgence in 2012-13. The Quakers enter the weekend with a 10-9, 3-2 Ivy League record after splitting games last weekend with Brown and Yale. Penn has won three of its last four and is sitting just below the Big Green in the Ivy League standings. Alyssa Baron leads the Quaker offense with 14.0 points per game as the lone player in double figures. Kara Bonenberger isn't far behind with 9.3 points per game. Baron and Bonenberger lead the way on the glass as well with 6.1 and 4.9 rebounds, respectively. This weekend's games will mark the first Ivy League home games for Penn. Head coach Mike McLaughlin is in his fourth season.