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Big Green Fall to Albany, 62-49

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Faziah Steen posted 15 points in Dartmouth's 62-49 loss to Albany on Saturday (Nov. 24).      By Mark Washburn

ALBANY, N.Y - Dartmouth guards Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y.) combined for 25 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome 26 turnovers in a non-conference loss at Albany on Saturday.

Steen, who posted her second consecutive game in double-figures, led the team with 15 points while Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) added 10 rebounds in the loss. Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) added eight boards.

The Big Green trailed, 30-20, heading into the second half and wouldn't get any closer the rest of the game. Trailing by 14 with 8:35 left in the game, Dartmouth tried to shift the momentum with a three-point play from Steen to cut the lead to 11, but Albany's Lindsey Lowrie drilled a triple to halt the Big Green momentum.

Dartmouth cut the lead to 10 just before the final media timeout of the game, with a jumper from Thompson, but that was as close as the squad would get.

Dartmouth struggled from the field all night, mustering just 31.3 percent (15-of-48) from the floor and shooting just 26.1 percent (6-of-23) in the first stanza, but the story of the game was turnovers. The Big Green turned the ball over 26 times which led to 30 Albany points.

Reserve Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) was a bright spot off the bench, tallying three points and a rebound in nine minutes of action. Classmates Sofia Roman (White Plains, N.Y.), Jordyn Turner (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Kasey Crockett (Southfield, Mich.) also saw action.

Albany (3-2) was led by Megan Craig who scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field as the lone Great Dane in double figures.

The first half was a defensive battle as neither team could get much rhythm early. The Big Green found their rhythm first and jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind early baskets from Thompson.

The reigning America East Champions wouldn't be down for long and turned to 6-8 center Craig to lead their comeback. Craig posted 13 first-half points and sparked a 22-2 Great Dane run. The run turned a nine-point Albany deficit into an 11-point advantage, 24-13, at the 6:36 mark.

Senior co-captain Steen snapped a Big Green drought that lasted nearly eight minutes with a jumper at the 5:52 mark, but Dartmouth couldn't get anything going down the stretch, trailing at the break by 10. Dartmouth was helped by its free throw shooting, going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the first half and 16-of-25 for the game. 

Dartmouth is back on the hardwood on Tuesday (Nov. 27) against Northeastern. The game will be a 12 p.m. tipoff at Northeastern's Cabot Center. The Big Green are next in action at home on Thursday (Nov. 29) when they welcome Syracuse to Leede Arena.

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This was the first meeting between Dartmouth and Albany since the 2000-01 season. The Big Green move to 2-1 in the all-time series ... Several Big Green families made the trek to Albany. Faziah Steen, Jordyn Turner, Sofia Roman. Kamala Thompson, Daisy Jordan and Kasey Crockett all had family in attendance ... Roman and Roland saw their first action since the season opener at Bryant (Nov. 10) ... Dartmouth is coming off an 11-day layoff for exams. The Big Green are 0-4 in games after a layoff of 10 or more days over the last two seasons ... This is the first time this season Dartmouth has failed to reach 50 points.