HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Cy Lippold led the way for the Dartmouth women’s basketball team in its first win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon, and the program's first-ever win over an ACC team.
Lippold’s 16 points were a team-high in the 68-57 win over the Eagles, who had a 9-0 series lead prior to coming to Hanover. Five total players scored in double digits to advance the lead throughout the game.
“Every day is a new challenge, that’s what we talked about before the game,” said head coach Belle Koclanes. “We had Boston College, an ACC team, in front of us today and we wanted to do the best we could, and get out there and earn a victory. Our focus is on our team becoming better every day and I was really happy with our ball movement, and we had multiple players in double digits, that is the way we want to play. That is the kind of program we want here, we want to score 70 points a night and we were close tonight.”
The Big Green jumped out on to the board in the first quarter right off the bat, with a three-point shot drained by Slagle. Boston College traded points with the home team for about three minutes, before Dartmouth went on an 8-0 run with 4:52 left in the first quarter. Slagle started the run with a jumper and the Big Green defense grabbed a rebound for off a missed shot by Eagles’ Andie Anastos, setting up senior Kate Letkewicz for the three-pointer she scored 10 seconds later.
Dartmouth continued to pull away in the first period, but turnovers and missed shots kept scoring to a low ending the quarter with a 16-10 lead for the home squad. Wasting no time, Letkewicz hit a jump shot at the 9:36 mark in the second quarter to get things rolling. Boston College’s, Taylor Ortlepp answered quickly, before the Big Green kicked it into high gear and jumped out into a nine-point lead with less than seven minutes in the half.
A few minutes continued back and forth of missed layups and turnovers, ended in a good free-throw shot by Isalys Quiñones with .32 left before halftime, to extend the lead. The Eagles would send Ortlepp to the line in the last two seconds of the second quarter, but Dartmouth was holding a comfortable nine-point lead into halftime.
Quiñones entered the second half with a quick layup at the 9:51 mark, starting the slow pull away produced by the Big Green. While they did not complete a run, they continued to outscore BC, and with just under three minutes left in the third, were up by 21 points, their largest lead in the game. The Eagles scored a couple of more times to try to cut the lead, but were unsuccessful, as Dartmouth kept scoring as well holding the 21-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
BC did not let the deficit discourage, as freshman Milan Bolden-Morris score six different times in the fourth quarter, including two from beyond the arc. Edging back into the game a bit, after creating several turnovers and scoring off some of those opportunities, the Eagles were only down by seven with 2:34 left in the game. A pair of free throws from junior Cy Lippold extended the lead back to nine points, but BC was not letting off the gas, taking four more shots before the buzzer sounded.
“The fourth quarter was a tough one for us, Milan (Bolden-Morris) came out and hit some threes, where we had done a pretty good job on her offense at that point, so a lot of really great lessons learned from Boston College as well,” Kolcanes said.
Freshman guard Elle Louie saw her first minutes against the Eagles and scored her first points as well, hitting a deep three in the third minute of the fourth quarter.
The Big Green were solid from the line tonight, going 9-of-12, while BC shot 6-of-11. Overall Dartmouth shot .490 from the floor (25-of-51), and posted a three-point shot percentage of .529, after making 9-of-17, better than the Eagles who shot 23-of-65 in field goal range (.354) and went 5-of-26 (.192) from outside the arc.
Letkewicz and Lippold were both perfect from the free throw line, and this is Lippold’s second game of the season as the leading scorer.
Dartmouth has a slight break heading into the holiday and will return to action on Friday, Nov. 24, hosting Rhode Island at Leede Arena at 4 p.m.