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Big Green Earns Road Win at Yale; Sweeps Ivy Weekend

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Faziah Steen had17 points as the Big Green defeated Yale, 63-48, on Saturday night in New...     By Mark Washburn

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Dartmouth women's basketball team shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the field and had three players in double figures in a 63-48 win over Yale on Saturday (Feb. 2). The win snaps Yale's six-game win streak and gives the Big Green an Ivy League road sweep for the first time since 2008-09.

The Big Green had three players in doubles figures, led by a game-high 19 points from Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.). Sophomore Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) tallied her eighth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) added 13 points for her third consecutive game in double figures.

Dartmouth (5-13, 3-1 Ivy) has been red hot from the floor in its last two outings and shot a season-best 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the floor for its second consecutive game shooting better than 40 percent.

Yale (6-12, 1-3 Ivy) seized the momentum to start the second half and opened with seven unanswered points to cut the Dartmouth lead to seven points forcing the Big Green to use a timeout. A jumper from Zimmer ended the Big Green's four-minute drought from the field, but the Bulldogs cut the lead to 32-26.

A triple from Sarah Halejian pulled Yale within three points, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get, as the Big Green used a 10-2 run with back-to-back layups in transition from Steen and Dawson to extend their lead to 44-31 and cruised from that point.

The Big Green's inside game again proved to be too potent for the opposition as Dartmouth outscored the Bulldogs, 30-14, in the paint and added 16 points off turnovers. Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) was a key reserve for the second consecutive game with six points off the bench.

The game was a defensive battle from the outset as both teams were strong on the defensive side of the ball, the first seven minutes featured two ties and two lead changes before the Big Green used a 8-2 run to pull ahead 14-8. 

Dartmouth used an 8-0 run, highlighted by three baskets in transition, to take a double-digit lead, 22-11, which forced the Bulldogs head coach to call a timeout with six minutes on the game clock.

The timeout only heightened the Big Green defensive intensity, as they held Yale to just two field goals over the final five minutes of the half to take a 30-15 lead into the halftime break. 

The Big Green will return to Leede Arena next weekend when they take on Columbia and Cornell. The Big Green and Lions will square off on Friday (Feb. 8) while Dartmouth will take on the Big Red on Sat (Feb. 9).  Tipoff is at 7 p.m. for both games.

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For the second consecutive game the Big Green had an all male officiating crew, it's the fist time in two season's Dartmouth has had back-to-back all-male crews ...  The last time Dartmouth won consecutive road Ivy League games was during the 2008-09 season ... Dartmouth's last won three consecutive games in 2009-10 and the last time the Big Green started the Ivy League slate 3-1 was during 2008-09 .. Head Coach Chris Wielgus picked up her 392nd win as Big Green head coach.