WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – Sophomore Lakin Roland finished with her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds, but the Dartmouth women’s basketball team fell 56-43 to Hartford on Saturday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena.
Dartmouth finished the contest shooting 29 percent from the field and Hartford shot 41 percent, despite connecting on just six attempts in the second half. The Hawks took a 40-22 at the half, but scored just 16 points in the final 20 minutes.
Junior Abbey Schmitt finished with 12 rebounds and classmate Kamala Thompson collected seven boards off the bench. Though the offense was stymied all contest, freshman Fanni Szabo added nine points. For Dartmouth, all but two players scored atleast one point. Junior Milica Toskovic netted seven points on 3-of-4 from the floor, but early foul trouble put her on the bench for a majority of the contest.
Hartford practically led from buzzer-to-buzzer, but Dartmouth tied the score twice early on. Trailing 4-2 with 16:31 remaining, Toskovic tied the game and the on the next offensive possession, Roland knotted the game at six.
Hartford used a 10-0 run to hold a 16-6 lead with 12:48 left in the opening half on a layup by Deanna Mayza. The Hawks took their largest lead of the half, 40-20 with 33 seconds remaining on a free throw by Amber Bepko. At the break, Bepko led all scorers with 11 points on 3-of-3 from the outside.
Dartmouth battled back in the second half due to poor execution by the hosts to put the game away. The Big Green erased a double-digits lead on a 13-4 run with a three by Szabo with 8:30 left. The long-range basket was the first outside shot made by the visitors in the game. Dartmouth’s last opportunity to cut the lead came with 7:27 remaining on a jumper by Thompson.
Hartford regained a 15-point edge, 52-37, with 2:51 left on a layup by Alyssa Reaves.
Alyssa Englert finished with nine points for Hartford and Mayza added eight. The Hartford bench scored 29 of the teams 56 points.
Dartmouth won the battle on the glass, 49-34, which led to 12 second chance points.
The Big Green will host Harvard next Saturday in the Ivy League opener at 2 p.m.