(3-2, 0-0 Patriot)
Date: Dec. 1, 2013 | Time: 2 PM | Venue: Bender Arena (4,500)
| Location: Washington, D.C.
• Freshman Fanni Szabo was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, after she increased her career-high to 33 points in a home defeat against Providence on Nov. 18. Szabo now has 64 points in two games at Leede Arena.
• After trailing by as many as 15 points early in the second half, Dartmouth made a valiant attempt at a comeback, but could only cut the deficit to three with 10:05 remaining on a jumper by junior Nicole Beresford in the 82-72 defeat to Providence last Monday.
• Sunday’s contest is the first-ever meeting between American and Dartmouth. The contest will be a homecoming for first-year head coach Belle Koclanes, who roamed the sidelines at American for two years.
• American also has a new bench boss this season, as head coach Matt Corkery left for Texas Tech. Marist assistant Megan Gebbia was named head coach on Aug. 12.
• The Eagles started the season hot, picking up early wins over UMES, UMass and UMBC and held a 17.0 points per game scoring margin. In their most recent Northeast road trip, the Eagles dropped a pair of single digit contests at Quinnipiac, 68-66 and at Fordham, 66-62.
AMERICAN SCOUTING REPORT
A late coaching chage has not halted the Eagles’ run for the Patriot League. Long-time Marist asisstant Megan Gebbia arrived at American in mid-August, bringing with her the same high octane scoring offense that she learned for 10 seasons under Brian Georgis and the Red Foxes. In her 10 seasons in Poughkeepsie, Gebbia reached the NCAA Tournament nine times with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen along the way. After a 3-0 start to the season, the Eagles have hit a minor setback, dropping both games on their pre-Thansgiving trip to the Northeast area to Quinnipiac and Fordham. Alexis Dobbs leads the Eagles with 13.0 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game.
DARTMOUTH MEET AMERICAN, AMERICAN MEET DARTMOUTH
Sunday’s contest will be the first meeting between both institutions.
IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Fanni Szabo was named the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season after scoring 21 points in her collegiate debut against Holy Cross.
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
SECOND CITY GAL
Sophomore Abbey Schmitt finished last season ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.2 points per game, but was the team’s most efficient shooter, making 43 percent of her field goals. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times, and led the team in scoring and rebounding a combined 14 times during the season. She posted one double-double against Columbia on February 9, with 17 points and 12 boards.
KEEP ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN
Sophomore Lakin Roland has impressed the new coaching staff during training camp and is slated to be the other starting forward early on. Roland finished fifth in scoring, averaging 8.8 points and 2. rebounds per game. At 6-0, Roland will need to use her size and ability on the glass to help her team on both ends of the court.
ITS TIA’S BLOCK PARTY SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANT
Tia Dawson tied her career record with six blocks against Vermont. The 6-2 junior leads the team with eight rejections and is second to teammate Kamala Thompson with 25. Dawson is still developing on the offensive side, but has a nice turn around shot.
Freshman Fanni Szabo has made quite a name for herself in her native Hungary. Szabo has been named to multiple All-Tournament teams and has taken the stage in many important games for her country, including an exhibition against Team USA in 2011. Szabo scored four points in the game that featured current WNBA stars Cappie Pondexter, Brittney Griner and Tina Charles.
The Big Green were chosen fifth in the 2013-14 Ivy League preseason poll, that was conducted by various media outlets within the eight institutions and one national media member.
TUTTO IN FAMIGLIA (All in the Family)
After being hired by Dartmouth, Koclanes searched for a staff that would complement her coaching style. Former Navy assistant Maria Noucas was tabbed as the top-assistant, after battling Koclanes the past few seasons in the Patriot League. Koclanes’ next option was to find someone who understands the ins and outs of the Ivy League. Enter the 2011 Ivy Player of the Year Addie Micir, a Princeton graduate. Micir is a smart, energetic fresh mind that just finished two seasons overseas in Europe. Her most recent team was Challenge Sports Binnenland in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The final position on the staff went to Koclanes’ former student-manager at ODU Michael Motta. The youngest member on staff, Motta spent last season with Providence as a graduate assistant coach.
TOUGH SCHEDULE = GOOD RPI
The schedule will feature six teams that played in the post-season last year, including three from the Ivy League. Dartmouth will square off against four teams from the America East Conference (Albany, Hartford, New Hampshire and Vermont) and two teams from the Big East (DePaul and Providence), Atlantic-10 (La Salle and UMass) and Patriot League (American and Holy Cross). The Big Green will also face single foes from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Syracuse), Northeast Conference (Bryant) and Independent (NJIT).
WELCOME TO HANOVER
Dartmouth will play the most home non-conference games at Leede Arena since the 1992-93 season, when they hosted eight teams. In total this season, the Big Green will welcome 15 different schools to Hanover, but only 14 will face the Green. Binghamton is the only team to not face Dartmouth, as they are the third team in the Blue Sky Classic.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Dartmouth Athletics, in partnership with NeuLion, announced the launch of the brand new Ivy League Digital Network, featuring enhanced live video streaming of all home games and extensive coverage of Big Green road contests against Ivy League foes.
Starting with the 2013-14 season, the completely redesigned Dartmouth channel — known as Big Green Insider — will include an easy-to-navigate interface with a league-wide network schedule and new interactive features that showcase the expanded content offerings available on computer, mobile and tablet devices, all without the use of an app.
FREE LIVE AUDIO
This season 24 of the 28 games will be streamed with free live audio on Dartmouthsports.com and the Ivy League Digital Network. Brett Franklin will have the call beginning with a live 15-minute pre-game show where he will be joined by an assistant coach and player and then an extensive postgame show with head coach Belle Koclanes. During select road games this season, assistant SID Nick Guerriero will join Franklin to help breakdown the game and give the inside scoop on Dartmouth women’s basketball.
THE BRETT FRANKLIN SHOW W/ BELLE KOCLANES
Inspired by former Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry; Belle Koclanes is following in her footsteps with her own radio talk show segments. Koclanes joins WTSL 94.3FM/1400-AM and WTSV 1230-AM host Brett Franklin every Tuesday evening from 5:30-5:45 p.m. An archive of the weekly segment can be heard on Dartmouthsports.com the following day.
FOLLOW THE BIG GREEN
Interested in the Big Green on social media or looking for in-game updates? Then follow the official twitter account @Dartmouth_WBB. Head coach Belle Koclanes is also on twitter @coachbelleko. Assistant coaches Maria Noucas and Addie Micir can be followed at @mnoucas and @amicker23. Director of Basketball Operations Michael Motta can be searched under @michael_motta. The official FB page is www.facebook.com/DartmouthWomensbasketball.