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Big Green Host Cornell In Ivy League Contest

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Dartmouth takes on Cornell on Tuesday in a makeup contest originally scheduled for Feb. 9....     By Doug Austin

The Dartmouth women's basketball team will officially cap off the 2012-13 home slate with a game against Cornell on Tuesday (March 5). The game is the makeup of the regularly scheduled Feb. 9 game that was postponed due to snowstorm Nemo. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at Leede Arena

Game26: Dartmouth (6-19, 4-7 Ivy League) vs. Cornell (11-14, 3-8 Ivy League)
Tuesday, March 5 (6:00 p.m.)
Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Dartmouth leads, 54-13
Dartmouth has won one

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Starting Five
1. Dartmouth is looking to close out the home slate with a victory in tonight's postponed contest. The Big Green are 2-9 at home this season with both home wins coming against Ivy League competition. Last season, the Big Green were 2-10 at Leede Arena. 

2. The Big Green are looking to snap its current six-game skid. Dartmouth's last win came against Columbia back on Feb. 9 at Leede Arena. Should Dartmouth win, it will mark the second consecutive season the home slate has closed with a win.

3. This is Dartmouth's first home makeup game in recent history. The Big Green were forced to postpone this game, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, because of snowstorm Nemo, which wreaked havoc in the New England area.

4. Rookie Lakin Roland picked up her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after posting 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Big Green's heartbreaking 68-60 loss to Princeton on Saturday. She is the first player to score 20 points this season and joins Abbey Schmitt as the two players to earn double-doubles in their first career starts.

5. Dartmouth is looking for a strong finish to the season. With just three games left on the schedule, should the Big Green win out, they have a chance to end the season with a .500 Ivy League record at 7-7. The last time Dartmouth was at least .500 was in 2008-09 when they went 13-1.

Dartmouth vs. Cornell Notables
-Saturday's meeting will be the 68th meeting between Dartmouth and Cornell. The teams enter Tuesday's matchup jockeying for position in the Ivy League standings.  The Big Green are in fifth place and Cornell is just behind them in sixth place. 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 394th 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. Position the Big Green for a season sweep of the Big Red and give the Big Green a win in its final home game of the season for the second consecutive season.

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

Scouting Cornell
Cornell, who has been on the road since last week, enters Tuesday's game with a 11-14, 3-8 Ivy League record after falling to Brown and Yale over the weekend. The loss extends Cornell's current losing streak to four straight and eight of its last nine. Allyson DiMagno leads the offense with a team-best 14.1 points per game and is joined in double figures by teammate Clare Fitzpatrick with 12.9 points. DiMagno also leads the defense with 11.5 rebounds per game, a number that jumps to 12.1 against Ivy League opposition. Head coach Dayna Smith is in her 11th season