NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team defeated Columbia on the road Saturday, 88-77, completing the season sweep of the Lions.

The Big Green improve to 15-11 with a 7-6 Ivy League mark, while Columbia falls to 8-20 with a 2-11 conference record.

Four players scored in double digits with senior Kate Letkewicz leading the way with 24 points while fellow senior Emily Slagle dropped 14 and juniors Cy Lippold and Isalys Quiñones both posted 13.

“It was a great battle in New York City today, which we knew it would be,” said The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “It’s a battle every afternoon, every night in the Ivy League. I’m proud of our team’s effort, we talked about taking care of the basketball and executing at a high level and being the more skilled team, while outworking the opponent.

“Whenever our team has multiple players in double digits, we come out with a victory, and we saw good minutes from Kealy Brown and Annie McKenna coming off the bench today as well,” Koclanes said.

Saturday’s game started out with a back and forth battle, ending with a 21-19 Lions lead. In the second quarter the road team pushed on the gas a bit more, going on a short 7-2 run to end the period leading 42-35. 

Keeping the lead throughout the third period didn’t seem to be a challenge, as Dartmouth led by as much as 14 points in the final seconds, but the home team wasn’t going away easily with the final 10 minutes ahead. 

In the opening 3:26 of the fourth quarter, the Big Green went on an 8-1 run, taking the biggest lead of the game with a 21-point advantage. Columbia responded scoring four points within one minute to cut the lead to 19, and continued to battle. With 2:54 to go, freshman Riley Casey hit a three and went to the line for a free throw and upon making her shot put the Lions in a position to tie up the game, trailing only by nine points.

Neither team scored again for the next 1:26, until Lippold hit a jumper and extended the lead back to double digits, before Columbia responded again, making it an eight-point game with only 1:03 to go. Dartmouth used its next possession wisely and with two free throws from Slagle took a 10-point advantage.

The Lions still would not go away easily, creating another single-digit difference with 41 seconds to go following a three from Madison Pack.

The Big Green had one of its best shooting days of the season, with 55.6 percent from the field, 47.8 from three-point range and 81 percent from the line. Dartmouth continues its final road trip of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Cornell at 2 p.m.