Dartmouth Big Green (8-5, 0-0 Ivy League) vs.
Harvard Crimson (7-5, 0-0 Ivy League)
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena
This Saturday the Dartmouth women’s basketball team returns home after almost one month away from Hanover, to host the first game of Ivy League play against Harvard at Leede Arena.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters the game with a 7-5 mark following the first half of the season. The Crimson have solid wins over Sacred Heart, Boston University and Northeastern, but have fallen to Virginia and Maine among their five losses, similar to how the Big Green lost to the Black Bears earlier this season. To close out 2017, Harvard took down Stony Brook at home, 60-53, where senior Taylor Rooks dropped 18 points and junior Sydney Skinner scored 15. Sophomore Katie Benzan is leading the Harvard offense with 12.8 points per game, the guard is also shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 42.2 from three.
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
Saturday will be the 82nd meeting between the Crimson and Big Green, and the team from Cambridge leads the series 47-34, after winning both 2017 games. Late last January, Harvard came to Hanover and went home with a 70-61 win, Benzan scored 17 to lead the road team to victory. Isalys Quiñones dropped a, then-career high 18 points, and Olivia Smith scored 14 as Dartmouth fought hard late to come back, and came within five points of tying it up in the last minute, but free throws from the Crimson made the difference in the end.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a tough loss to Binghamton on December 31 on the road, where Smith posted a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds, but even a late effort push was not enough to take down the Bearcats. The home team had a comfortable, 23-point lead at halftime and while Dartmouth came out fighting in the third period, Binghamton had players draining three-point buckets to keep the road team from catching up. In the fourth quarter, the Big Green outscored the Bearcats by 11 points, but a total of 16 made free throws, including late fouls, kept Binghamton ahead.
AS COLD AS ICE
As arctic cold temperatures are blasting parts of the country, including the northeast, it could be because of the return of Isalys “Ice” Quiñones, who was out against then-No. 13 Ohio State and Holy Cross for injury. The junior returned to the court against Albany where she scored 11 points and dished out four assists, and played against the Bearcats on Sunday night, scoring nine points with six rebounds and three assists. Quiñones has averaged 10.5 points-per-game through the 11 games she has played and is no doubt a key to the Dartmouth offense.
MUST GET TO THE LINE
Among some of the best in the country, currently 24th nationally, the Big Green is shooting 75.9 percent from the charity stripe. With such a good percentage, free throws should be able to put Dartmouth over the hump in some situations, but with 110-of-145 made foul shots, it’s clear that the Big Green need to get to the line more often for these points to make an impact.
PATH TO THE PALESTRA
Dartmouth was voted to finish last in the Ivy League this season, coming off 2016-17 season with an 8-19 record and 3-11 in conference play, but with an 8-5 start to this year before Ivy play the Big Green is working hard to prove the voters wrong. Currently third in the conference behind Brown who is 11-1 and Princeton whose record is 10-3, opening the conference slate this weekend will give Dartmouth an opportunity to improve its standing in the league.
The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
WATCH THE ACTION
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network for subscribers, as well as on the radio on KOOL 106.7 and 96.3 FM in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas, as Brett Franklin and Jill Glessner call the game. Live stats will also be provided by DartmouthSports.com. The Ivy League Network (ILN), now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
The Big Green will have a short break following Saturday’s game, with no games scheduled for the weekend of January 13-14, and will return to action on Saturday, January 20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to face Harvard for the second meeting of the season.