(2-8, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Date: Dec. 19, 2013 | Time: 2 PM, CST (3 PM, EST) | Venue: Gentile Arena (4,486) | Location: Chicago, Ill.
• After trailing by 15 points at the half, the Dartmouth women’s basketball team fought back with a 16-2 run to take a 65-64 lead, only to have host DePaul rally for a 90-76 victory on Monday afternoon
•Dartmouth finished with four in double figures, led by freshman Fanni Szabo with 18 points on 7-of-14 from the field. Classmate Katie Vareika finished with a new personal high of 17 points and connected on four baskets from the outside.
•Junior Abbey Schmitt and sophomore Lakin Roland contributed 21 combined points and 10 rebounds in the post. Roland finished with 11 points and six boards, while Schmitt added 10 points and four caroms in her Illinois homecoming. Junior Nicole Beresford scored five off the bench as the Dartmouth reserves contributed 25 points.
• Trailing 62-49 with 14:40 left, Dartmouth rattled off 19 of the next 23 points to take a two-point lead. During the run, the Big Green made five three-pointers — four from Vareika — and held DePaul to 1-of-10 from the floor.
•Loyola is currently on a five-game losing streak after recently falling to Northwestern, 90-57. Prior to the Northwestern game, the Ramblers, coached by WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes, lost to DePaul 93-55.
LOYOLA SCOUTING REPORT
At 2-8 on the season, the Loyola Ramblers under first-year head coach Sheryl Swoopes are in desperate need of a victory before ending non-conference play. Once the Missouri Valley season begins, the Ramblers will face a rigorous schedule in which they start on the road before meeting Witchita State. Taylor Johnson leads the squad in both points (18.4) and rebounds (6.4) per game. Troy Hambric is second in scoring at 13.2 per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES (CHICAGO)
Dartmouth is 3-5 against teams from the Windy City. The first meeting against a team from the mid-western state was at a neutral site venue, when Dartmouth defeated Southern Illinois in the semifinals of the Queens Tournament, 67-64, in 1979. The first plane trip over the Great Lakes was in 1985, when the Green took on the Ramblers of the school formally known as Loyola-Illinois, 87-50. Out of the eight meetings against teams from the state of Illinois, the Big Green are 3-5. Dartmouth has made the trip over the Windy City on three occasions and hold a 2-1 edge with two wins over the University of Illinois-Chicago and it’s only defeat against Loyola Chicago. On this trip, Dartmouth will meet DePaul for the first time, leaving Chicago St. of the Western Athletic Conference, as the only team from Chi-Town yet to face the Green and White.
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 eight games, Szabo leads the team in field goal percentage (47%), field goals attempted (132), field goals made (62), 3-point field goal attempts (69), and 3-point field goals made (23). Szabo trails sophomore Sofia Roman and junior Kamala Thompson in 3-point percentage, shooting 33 percent (23-of-69) compared to Roman (2-of-3) and Thompson (4-of-7).
INJURY BUG HURTING GREEN
Through seven games so far this season, the Big Green have lost 36 woman-power games due to injuries. Sophomore Sofia Roman missed two games with an ankle injury early on in the season. Senior Co-captain Nicola Zimmer has been out with mononucleosis since the Providence game (6 games). Junior Milica Toskovic will miss the next few weeks after coming down with mononucleosis before the New Hampshire game. The Big Green began the season with sophomores Kasey Crockett and Lauren Taiclet all on injured reserve. Junior center Tia Dawson returned for the DePaul after missing four games with a concussion. Sophomore Daisy Jordan made her season debut against DePaul after missign the first eight games of the season.
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 6.7 points and 5.1 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 8.9 points and 3.8 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.
IT’S 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 has missed the past three games with a concussion. When healthy, Dawson is the squad’s 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.