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Date: Dec. 7, 2013 | Time: 2 PM | Venue: Leede Arena (2,100) | Location: Hanover, N.H.
• Junior Abbey Schmitt finished with her third career double-double, but second-half woes cost the Big Green in a 22-point deficit to undefeated Albany on Wednesday evening.
•Dartmouth held its own for the first 20 minutes of play on Wednesday, but 58 points in the paint by the Great Danes and 32 points and 12 rebounds by Shereesha Richard hurt the Big Green’s chance at its second win.
• Freshman Fanni Szabo continues to shine at Leede Arena. In three games at home this season, the Hungarian sharpshooter has scored 31, 33 and 22 points for an average of 28.6 points per game. Szabo still has 11 games remaining at home this season.
•New Hampshire is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after fallings to Bryant (Next Tuesday’s opponent) and Howard. The two-game snag is the second time this season the Wildcats have dropped back-to-back affairs.
• After the UNH game, Dartmouth will play one more America East squad, when they travel to Hartford to begin the new year on Jan. 4. Binghamton will participate in the Blue Sky Classic, but will not meet the Big Green. UNH will take on two more Ivy League teams (Brown and Yale)in non-conference play.
NEW HAMPSHIRE SCOUTING REPORT
The Wildcats enter Saturday’s matinee with the New Hampshire State Championship on the line, as Dartmouth and UNH are the only Division I institutions in the Granite State. UNH is 3-4 on the season with two wins against D1 programs and its season opening win was against Division 3 Worcester State. The two D1 victories are against NJIT (common foe) and Colgate. Two players are scoring in double figures for the Wildcats, as Corinne Cola leads the team with 11.9 points per game and Kelsey Hogan trails at 10.6 points per contest. Elizabeth Belanger and Kaylee Kirkpatrick are neck-and-neck in rebounding, with Belanger holding a 0.1 advantage at 7.1 to 7.0 boards per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES (NEW HAMPSHIRE)
Dating back to the 1972-73 season, New Hampshire and Dartmouth have met a combined 36 times, with Wildcats holding a 20-16 margin. However, taking a look at the records, Dartmouth has won 12 of the 18 games played at Leede Arena, while UNH has won 14 of the 18 games at Lundholm Gym. UNH is riding a three-game winning streak over the Big Green since 2010. Prior to that, the Big Green won five consecutive games, with two on the road.
SZABO CLAIMS HER SECOND IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONOR
Fanni Szabo added her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 33 points in a home loss to Providence. Szabo started out slow, scoring seven points in the opening frame, but exploded out of the gate in the second half with 26 points on 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the outside. Szabo also added six steals, three rebounds and two assists to her game accolades.
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.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Szabo leads Dartmouth in all but one shooting category this season. Through five games, Szabo leads the team in field goal percentage (47%), field goals attempted (74), field goals made (35), 3-point field goal attempts (39), and 3-point field goals made (13). Szabo trails junior Kamala Thompson in 3-point percentage, shooting 33 percent (13-of-39) compared to Thompson at 60 percent (3-of-5).
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
SECOND CITY GAL
Junior Abbey Schmitt had a great first season with the big Green in 12-13 after sitting out her freshman campaign with a knee injury, as the Winnetka, Ill. native was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times. As a junior, Schmitt transitioned into a center and is averaging 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. In the Green’s home defeat against Albany, Schmitt registered her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Schmitt and the Big Green will make a special appearance in her hometown for a pair of games before the holiday break, against DePaul and Loyola Chicago.
IT’S THE LAKE SHOW WITH LAKIN ROLAND
Sophomore Lakin Roland impressed the new coaching staff during training camp and has jumped in the starting power forward spot. Roland is third in scoring, averaging 8.7 points and 3.3 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. Roland has also been a tremendous help on the defensive side and has taken three defensive charges so far.
ITS TIA’S BLOCK PARTY SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANTS
Tia Dawson tied her career record with six blocks against Vermont early in the season, but missed the American game with an injury. When healthy, Dawson is the squads best interior defender with the ability to go one-on-one inside the paint.
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.