Dartmouth Big Green (14-11, 6-6 Ivy) vs.
Columbia Lions (8-19, 2-10 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 2 at 7 PM
Location: New York, N.Y. – Levien Gymnasium
Dartmouth Big Green (14-11, 6-6 Ivy) vs.
Cornell Big Red (6-19, 2-10 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, March 3 at 5 PM
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. – Newman Arena
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team finishes its 2017-18 regular season this weekend on the road, taking on Columbia and Cornell.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia is coming off a tough loss to Yale last weekend on the road. The Lions led through the first three quarters and the Bulldogs pulled ahead after being down 15 points to win. Conference play has not been favorable to the Lions who only have two Ivy League wins, one over Cornell and one over Brown. Camille Zimmerman remains the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 19.6 points per game and is first in rebounds averaging 10 per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
In the beginning of February, the Big Green took down Columbia 88-65 at home to complete the team’s first weekend sweep of the season. Zimmerman scored 20 points and her teammate Riley Casey dropped 21, but four Dartmouth players in double figures kept the advantage rolling. Senior Kate Letkewicz and junior Cy Lippold both etched in double-doubles on the night, with 20 points and 10 rebounds from Letkewicz and 15 points and 12 assists from Lippold. In the third period the Big Green scored 35 points, setting a new program record for most points scored in a quarter.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is in a similar situation as Columbia, with only two Ivy League wins this season, one over Columbia and another over Brown. Samantha Widmann is the lone Big Red player averaging double digits this season, with 14.8 per game. Most recently Cornell fell to Brown on the road, 85-59. Widmann was held to only eight points, while her teammate Samantha Clement posted 11 points as the only scorer with 10 or more. The Big Red defense was unable to shut down the Bears’ leading scorers Shayna Mehta and Justine Gaziano who scored 28 and 30 points respectively.
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
Dartmouth hosted Cornell in the first weekend of February, taking down the Big Red 55-40. Senior Andi Norman led the way with 18 points after shooting 6-of-7 from downtown, while Letkewicz chipped in 11 points. The Big Green were able to defend the majority of Cornell’s team from scoring, leaving Widmann as the only scorer in double figures with 16 points, and holding the road team to only three points in the second period.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend Dartmouth closed out its home games for the season falling to Penn on Saturday night, 79-50. The Quakers jumped out to a huge lead right out of the gates, finishing the first quarter up 22-7 and continued to dominate, only losing the third quarter by two points. While holding freshman Eleah Parker to only nine points, the Big Green couldn’t find an answer to stopping Ashley Russell who scored 21 points to lead her team. Letkewicz scored 16 and Norman posted 11 in their Senior Night showing.
The 2018 season has been one for the books, literally. In the non-conference schedule, the Big Green knocked off Boston College, winning the first game ever over the Eagles and an ACC team. A similar story ensued four weeks later at Colorado, defeating the Buffs for the first time and grabbing the first win over a PAC-12 team. In terms of team scoring, Dartmouth’s 35 points in the third quarter against Columbia set a new record for most points scored in the third and most points scored in one quarter ever. The 29 points scored in the fourth at Colorado matches the program record for points scored in the fourth. The 2017-18 home record of 9-4 is the best mark at Leede Arena for women’s basketball since the 2008-09 season, when the Big Green posted a 9-3 home record and won the Ivy League crown.
A LASTING IMPACT
Two members of the Big Green stamped their names in the career record lists this season. Kate Letkewicz now has her name in five different categories and will reach six before the year is over. The Waterloo, Iowa native is 15th all-time in points with 1,073, 13th in rebounds with 591, 16th in field goals attempted with 956, third in three-point field goals made with 186 and seventh in threes attempted with 478. Fellow senior Andi Norman entered the three-point shooting categories as well, currently 10th all-time in threes made with 111 and 10th in threes attempted with 307.
MADNESS IS NO MORE
Through the last three weeks of conference play, there was a three-way tie between Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale for the final spots to play in the Ivy League Tournament next weekend at The Palestra. For the tiebreaker, Yale automatically moved out of the tie for having one win against Princeton this season. Last weekend it came down to the four games played between Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. As Harvard defeated both Penn and Princeton the Crimson secured the fourth and final spot to play in the tournament.
WATCH THE ACTION
Both of this weekend’s games will be streamed on the Ivy League Network for subscribers, the ILN is available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN App for Android and Apple devices. Friday’s game will also be available on SNY, and Saturday’s game will be streamed on ESPN3 for television subscribers who have ESPN in their package. Live stats will be provided by GoColumbiaLions.com on Friday and CornellBigRed.com on Saturday.