HANOVER, N.H. – A pair of new career-highs was set this evening at Leede Arena, as sophomore Lakin Roland finished with 22 points, and senior Nicola Zimmer had 20, but Columbia hit timely shots for a 65-59 victory over the Dartmouth women’s basketball team on Saturday evening.
Roland notched her fourth double-double of the season with 11 rebounds to go along her 22 points and two assists. Zimmer nearly reached the same status, but was three dimes short. Both played a complete 40 minutes for the Big Green and contributed 75 percent of the offense. Freshman Fanni Szabo was limited due to fouls, but chipped in seven points.
Columbia finished with three players in double figures, paced by Miwa Tachibana with 17 points. Tori Oliver and Taylor Ward had 12 and 10, respectively, and Courtney Bradford grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Lions outshot the Big Green by 10 percent from the field (45.1-35.1), and grabbed four more rebounds, 37-34.
The second half saw five ties and two lead changes, with Dartmouth holding a lead for 22 seconds after Roland nailed a jumper at 13:57 to give the team a 38-36 lead. Bradford scored the next four points to tie the game and take a short lead before Szabo tied the game at 40-all. The Lions used a 14-5 run to take a nine-point advantage 45-34 with 7:08 left. The visitors took their largest lead of the contest with 58 seconds remaining on a jumper by Amara Mbionwu.
Although she was held scoreless in the game, junior Milica Toskovic grabbed eight rebounds and junior Abbey Schmitt dropped six points with four boards. Dartmouth found offense in different ways during game, picking up 12 on forced turnovers and 14 on second chance attempts after pulling down 12 offensive rebounds. The Big Green added 16 points from the line, shooting 80 percent with Roland knocking down 8-of-9.
Roland scored the games first six points before Columbia took an eventual 9-8 lead with 13:27 left on a free throw by Tachibana. The Lions held a lead the remainder of the half, but never led by more then two-possessions, as the Big Green battled to keep the contest tight. Trailing by six, 16-10, Dartmouth made it a two-point game with jumpers by Zimmer and Jordan. After a pair of free throws by Schmitt with 43 seconds left in the half, Carolyn Gallagher knocked down a jumper with seven seconds remaining to give her squad a 30-26 edge at the break.
Roland led the team with 12 points at the break with seven rebounds and connected on all six free throws. The team shot 31 percent from the field and failed to connect from the outside. Tachibana scored 10 for the Lions who shot 48 percent from the floor.
Dartmouth will remain at home next weekend for meetings with Princeton and Penn on Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively.