HANOVER, N.H. – Despite a solid second half, the Dartmouth women’s basketball team fell to Brown, 65-62 at Leede Arena on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Big Green drop to 6-15 overall, 1-7 in Ivy League play, while the Bears improve to 14-7 overall, 5-3 in conference play.
Junior Kate Letkewicz was one of two Dartmouth players to finish the night in double figures with 23 points scored, shooting 10 for 14 from the field. Sophomore Isalys Quiñones also had a solid afternoon with 14 points and 10 boards for the double-double in a contest that became a back-and-forth affair in the second half.
“This is what’s so fun about playing in the Ivy League, you play so many different types of teams,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Women's Basketball. “When you’re trying to come back and you go into the fourth quarter every possession becomes so valuable. You just need to take care of the basketball.”
The Big Green overcame a slow first half start by emerging with a 29-27 lead at the halftime buzzer. In the third, Brown came out of the locker room and went on a 10-4 run, taking a 37-33 lead.
Late in the quarter, Dartmouth was able to make four consecutive free throws on two trips to the line to keep the score close. In the closing minutes of the third, Amber Mixon drove hard in the lane for a layup that tied things up at 46.
A three-pointer by Brown with three minutes to play in the game gave the Bears a 55-52 lead, however the Big Green countered with a trey of their own from Andi Norman to tie the contest for an 11th time at 57. In the final two minutes of play, Brown was sent to the charity stripe twice which helped build a 63-57 lead.
With just 20 seconds to go, Letkewicz brought her team within a possession with a three-pointer. On the following Bears’ possession, Taylor Will missed two free throws, which gave Dartmouth a chance to tie with under 19 seconds to play.
Sophomore Cy Lippold was able to make a layup to bring the Big Green within one, but Brown’s Justine Gaziano hit two free throws to clinch the victory for the Bears.
“Coming out of this weekend, the locker room post game talk has been about what are we going to build upon from Yale and Brown going into the next game,” Koclanes said. “We graduate one person this season and we’ve been competing with the exception of one weekend in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We’ve been in every Ivy League game. The best thing about this team is they fight. We’ve been in holes, but they fight.”
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend when the Big Green travel to Cornell and Columbia. Both games can be seen live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers.