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Brown Second-Half Triples Too Much For Dartmouth

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Lakin Roland had nine points and seven rebounds in Dartmouth's loss to Brown on Saturday...     By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth women's basketball team couldn't overcome the hot shooting Brown Bears in a 59-39 loss on Saturday (Feb. 23) night. Brown shot 50 percent from long range in the second half  (7-of-14) and connected on 10 triples for the contest.

Senior Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) led Dartmouth (6-17, 4-5 Ivy League) with 10 points as the lone Big Green player in double figures. Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) grabbed 10 rebounds for her eighth game with double-figure rebounds. 

Big Green reserve Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) added nine points and seven rebounds while Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) tallied seven points and a team-high three assists.   

Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy League) capitalized on Dartmouth miscues, scoring 28 points off Big Green giveaways, and also won the battle of the boards, 40-30.

Out of halftime, Steen nailed a jumper on the Big Green's first possession, but the Bears extended their lead to 38-19 at the first media timeout of the half  on the strength of triples from Sophie Bikofsky, Sheila Dixon and Lauren Clarke.

Zimmer took matters into her own hands and with five straight points, highlighted by a old fashioned three-point play, jumpstarted the Dartmouth offense.

From that point, Dartmouth went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 42-28, but the Bears three-point shooting in the second half stopped any Dartmouth momentum.

Dartmouth jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and forced the Bears to call a timeout less than two minutes into the game. The timeout provided a momentum shift for Brown, who rattled of eight unsnswered points, capped by a triple from Lauren Clarke.

Offense was hard to come by in the first half, as the teams went nearly six minutes without a field goal before a Sophie Beutel layup ended the drought and gave the visitors a 14-10 lead at the 7:41 mark.

After the third media timeout of the half, Dartmouth went to work on the defensive end, which led to two transition buckets from Roland and tied the game for the third time with 5:35 left on the clock. 

Brown closed the half on a 10-2 run and took a 24-16 lead into the halftime break. Neither team could get much going from the floor, both shooting right around 31 percent, but Brown won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Dartmouth, 22-18, and picked up six second-chance points.

Dartmouth concludes its four-game homestand next weekend when it welcomes Penn and Princeton to Leede Arena. The Big Green and Quakers square off on Friday while Dartmouth will host Princeton on Saturday on Senior Day for lone senior Faziah Steen.  

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Dartmouth moves to 50-23 in the all-time series and splits the season series for the second consecutive season ...  Kasey Crockett scored he first career points in tonight's game, she has seen action in 11 games this season ... Dartmouth's 39 points is an Ivy League low for the Big Green, Dartmouth scored 40 points in a loss at Penn last week ... Brown's Dixon scored her 1,000th career point in tonight's contest.