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Women's Basketball Picks up 57-55 win at UMass

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Tia Dawson had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Dartmouth in a win over UMass on Sunday.     By Doug Austin

AMHERST, Mass.- Behind a double-double from sophomore center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), the Dartmouth women's basketball team snapped its 12-game losing streak with a 57-55 win over UMass on Sunday (Jan. 6) in Amherst, Mass.

Dawson posted her first double-double of the season with a team-best 12 points and game-high 13 rebounds for her second consecutive game with double-figure rebounds.  Senior Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Daisy Jordan (Worcester, Mass.) were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y.) also pulled down 11 boards for her second straight game with double-figure rebounds.

Dartmouth (2-12), who led by as many as 11 points in the second half, helped themselves down the stretch by going 17-of-18 from the free throw line, including a pair late in the game from freshman Kaitana Martinez (Hailey, Idaho) to seal the victory.

The final 2:57 of the game was back-and-forth between the squads. The Big Green held a slim, 51-48 lead, but the Minutewomen wouldn't go away and remained just three down with just 19 seconds left on the clock. Dawson hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game, but a triple from UMass' Millie Niggeling cut the lead to two with just eight seconds left.

Martinez iced the game from the line with two clutch free throws. The game was an all-around effort from the Big Green as Dartmouth had nine of its 11 players grab a rebound and score points. Dartmouth shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the floor.

The Big Green were bolstered by a strong defensive effort, outrebounding UMass (2-13), 47-34. Dartmouth was also very efficient with 13 assists on 19 made baskets, including a career-high five assists from Dawson.

The Big Green jumped out to a 7-2 advantage after baskets from Thompson and Steen early. Dartmouth had a strong defensive start by getting in the passing lanes, forcing the Minutewomen into early turnovers.

With the Big Green leading, 12-9, UMass used a 7-0 run, highlighted by a triple from Kiara Bomben, to take its first lead of the game, 14-12, at the 8:32 mark.  Dartmouth wouldn't be discouraged and was able to stop UMass on the defensive end. Dartmouth was able to extend its lead with the presence of post players Dawson and Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.). The pair combined for six of Dartmouth's last eight points of the half as the Big Green took a 26-21 lead into the break.

Dartmouth opens the Ivy League slate on Saturday (Jan. 12) when it travels to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Lavietes Pavillion.

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Today's game was Dartmouth's final non-conference game of the season; the Big Green posted a 2-12 record ... UMass head coach Sharon Dawley was an assistant/associate head coach at Dartmouth for 10 years ... Daisy Jordan made her starting debut in today's contest. This is the fourth lineup for the Big Green this season and Jordan joins Martinez as Big Green freshmen to start this season ... Dawson's double-double is the second of the season for Dartmouth ... The win evens the all-time series at 9-9 between the squads and is Dartmouth's second consecutive win at Mullins Arena. This was the first meeting between the teams since the 2000-01 season.