DURHAM, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's basketball team couldn't overcome 19 percent (4-of-21) shooting in the second half, resulting in just 13 second-half points, in a 54-38 loss to instate rival New Hampshire on Wednesday evening (Dec. 5).
Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) paced the Dartmouth offense with eight points each while Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa.) had a team-best seven rebounds. For the game, Dartmouth (1-6) shot 29.2 percent (14-of-48) from the floor and had 18 turnovers which resulted in 21 points for the host Wildcats.
Trailing by a point coming out of the break, a bucket from Schmitt gave the Big Green the lead, but it was only momentarily as the teams continued to trade buckets with UNH maintaining its lead through the opening minutes of the second half.
New Hampshire (4-4) began to pull away midway through the second half and used a 15-0 run to seal the victory while holding the Big Green without a field goal over the final 9:50 of action. Dartmouth's 38 points are the fewest for the Big Green since scoring 38 in a loss to Georgetown in the Blue Sky Classic last season.
Dartmouth saw some defensive life in the final minutes of the game when it went with four freshmen on the floor. Daisy Jordan (Worcester, Mass.) had seven points and three rebounds while Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had four rebounds, three of which came in the second half.
Dartmouth jumped out to a 12-5 lead and opened the game with a 7-0 run, while holding the Wildcats to just three field goals through the first 10 minutes of the half. Despite the early Dartmouth advantage, New Hampshire clawed back and tied the game at 12 with its own 7-0 run at the 10:10 mark.
A pair from Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) at the free throw line ended an 11-0 Wildcat run and sparked a short 5-0 burst from the Big Green. The run was highlighted by a jumper as time expired from Schmitt which cut the New Hampshire lead to 20-21 at the final media timeout of the first half.
The teams traded buckets over the final minute of the half, but a steal from UNH's Lauren Wells in the final seconds sealed the one point, 26-25, halftime lead for the host Wildcats.
Steen led the Dartmouth offense with seven first-half points while Dawson had seven rebounds to pace the defensive efforts.
The Big Green return to the friendly-confines of Leede Arena on Sunday (Dec. 9) when they welcome America East foe, Hartford, for a non-conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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New Hampshire is the second of three America East foes for the Big Green this season. The Big Green have also played Albany (N.Y.) and will take on Hartford on Sunday (Dec. 9) ... This is the first time Dartmouth and UNH have played in December since the 1997 season (Dec. 11). Since that season there have been seven games in November and six January games ... There was a clock issue at the 18:22 mark of the first half delaying the game for about two minutes ... Dartmouth's 13 second-half points are the fewest second-half points this season ... The Big Green are in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Last season, Dartmouth dropped a program-record 13 straight games.