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Dartmouth Falls to Marquette, 70-52

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Abbey Schmitt had 11 points in Dartmouth's loss to Marquette on Thursday afternoon.      By Doug Austin

MILWAUKEE, Wis.- The Dartmouth women's basketball team got as close as 14 in the second half, but three consecutive triples from the Golden Eagles stopped any momentum and sent the Big Green to a 70-52 loss at Marquette on Thursday (Dec. 20). 

Senior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) led the Big Green offense with 11 points each, while Kamala Thompson (Selden N.Y) added five rebounds in the loss.

Despite trailing at the halftime break, the Big Green put together a solid second half, really putting the defensive pressure on in the opening minutes of the half. Baskets from Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Steen cut the Marquette lead to 29-18 with just four minutes off the game clock.

The game was a tale of two halves for the Big Green as they shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) in the first half while regrouping and shooting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) in the second half. Marquette (6-5) won the battle of the boards, grabbing 52 rebounds to just 25 for the Big Green.

Marquette was able to pull away midway through the half with three consecutive triples from Arlesia Morse, which put them ahead 54-32 with 8:43 remaining. Dartmouth (1-9) wouldn't go quietly and with baskets from Dawson and Steen were able to get as close as 14 points, but the Golden Eagles sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

Both teams struggled in the opening minutes, but Dartmouth was able to settle in and with a pair from the charity stripe from Schmitt kept the game at one possession early.

Despite the early score, Marquette jumped out to a 17-point lead, 23-6, at the 7:31 mark sparked by a 17-4 run which featured six points from leading scorer Katherine Plouffe.  The Golden Eagle run kept the Big Green scoreless for nearly seven minutes before a layup from Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) ended the drought.

Dartmouth began to take some momentum back over the course of the final four minutes of the first half. Following the final media timeout of the half, Dartmouth clamped down on defense and kept the Golden Eagles without a field goal in the final four minutes.

Freshman Lauren Taiclet (Wellesley, Mass.), who made her collegiate debut in the contest, contributed to the defensive efforts and also added a bucket as Dartmouth closed with a 5-2 burst to cut the halftime lead to 29-15.

Schmitt led the first half offense with five points while Marquette's Katherine Plouffe recorded nine points.

Dartmouth will be off until the 36th annual Blue Sky Classic. The nation's longest running women's collegiate tournament, will take place Dec. 29-30 and will feature Duquesne, Delaware and Villanova in the field. Dartmouth will take on Duquesne in its first game on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

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Marquette is the second Big East team the Big Green has faced this season. Dartmouth also took on Syracuse earlier this season ... Tonight's game marks Dartmouth's first trip to Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles made the trip to Hanover in the 2007-08 season for the Blue Sky Classic ... Milica Toskovic started her second game this season in tonight's contest, she also started against Bryant (Nov. 10) ... Kamala Thompson started the second half in place of Toskovic ... The game started at 4 p.m. due to impending blizzard, Draco, that was scheduled to impact the Milwaukee area.