Dartmouth Big Green, (6-15, 1-7 Ivy League) vs.
Cornell Big Red, (12-9, 3-5 Ivy League)
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017 – 6 p.m.
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. – Newman Arena
All time series: Big Green lead 57-19
Dartmouth Big Green, (6-15, 1-7 Ivy League) vs.
Columbia Lions, (12-9, 2-6 Ivy League)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 6 p.m.
Location: New York, N.Y. – Levien Gymnasium
All time series: Big Green lead 48-13
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of games in the Empire State with Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Since the last time these two teams met, Cornell has lost three of its last four games. Most recently the Big Red fell to league-leading Penn, 61-55 in Newman Arena. Cornell currently sits in fifth place in the league standings with a pair of wins over Columbia and one victory against Yale. Senior, Nia Marshall leads her team with 15.7 points per game and is also the Big Red’s top rebounder with 6.7 boards a game.
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
On January 28, 2017, the Big Green defeated Cornell 84-74 in Leede Arena. Dartmouth senior Fanni Szabo led her team in scoring for the second consecutive night with an impressive 23 points. Szabo was one of three Big Green players to finish the night in double-figures as junior Andi Norman scored 14, while Olivia Smith added 12 in Dartmouth’s first conference victory of the season. A large crowd was able to witness this victory after hundreds showed up to honor former Big Green head coach, Chris Wielgus, who was recognized with a banquet prior to tip off and ceremony at center court during halftime. The lounge located in the basketball offices was also named in honor of Wielgus who won 12 Ivy League titles during her two stints in Hanover.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia heads into this weekend having lost four of its last five games. The Lions sit in sixth place in the Ancient Eight standings with two victories. Columbia’s offense is led by junior Camille Zimmerman, who leads the Ancient Eight with 22.2 points per game. She also grabs a league-best 9.7 rebounds per game and has been named Ivy League Player of the Week five times.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
On January 27, 2017 history was made in Hanover when these two schools met. For the first time in program history, Dartmouth needed four overtimes to decide a winner. The Big Green fell to Columbia, 91-88, in Leede Arena on Friday night, in what is now the most overtimes played between two Ivy League teams. In a marathon of a contest that saw the score tied 10 times with four lead changes, Szabo put on a show with 31 points, just three points shy of her career-high. Sophomore Isalys Quinones set a new career-high for herself with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double. Junior Kate Letkewicz added 13 points and nearly hit the game-winning three with a last second shot that rimmed out in the final seconds of the fourth extra frame.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend, despite a solid second half, Dartmouth fell to Brown, 65-62 at Leede Arena. Letkewicz was one of two members of the Big Green to finish the night in double figures with 23 points scored, shooting 10 for 14 from the field. Quiñones also had a solid afternoon with 14 points and 10 boards for the double-double in a contest that became a back-and-forth affair in the second half.
GETTING IT DONE AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Big Green have been a solid free throw shooting team for the majority of the season. Currently Dartmouth is third in the Ancient Eight behind Columbia and Brown, shooting 70 percent from the line.
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE ARC
Letkewicz leads the Green shooting the three, and is third in the Ivy League at 43.3 percent. The Waterloo, Iowa native averages a team-high 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
The Big Green’s lone senior, Szabo has been climbing on some of Dartmouth’s all-time records lists. With 1,223 career points, Szabo is in sole possession of 13th in the all-time scoring category and sits just 12 points behind Lakin Roland. She is also sixth in both three-point field goals made and attempted. Letkewicz has also risen to ninth in three-point field goals, making 1,011 career shots from beyond the arc.
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK
This Friday’s game will also be the 100th career game in a Big Green uniform for Szabo. She joins 20 other players who have all played in 100 or more games for Dartmouth.
LIVE FROM LEEDE
For the first time in recent years, Big Green basketball returns to the airwaves as each home game will be broadcast live on KOOL FM 93.9/96.3. Brett Franklin will serve as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster with Jill Glessner on color commentary.
PATH TO THE PALESTRA
The inaugural Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, 2017, at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The top four teams will earn berths in the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For more information, visit www.IvyMadness.com
Can’t make it to the games? Both contests will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. Friday's contest can also bee seen on ESPN3 for cable subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will provide a live stats link for the game and fans are also encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account @DartmouthWBB for live in-game updates.
The Big Green continue their February road swing when Dartmouth visits Brown on Feb. 24 before heading to New Haven to square off with Yale.