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Women's Win Streak Stalled At Princeton in 77-65 Loss

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Nicola Zimmer had a career-high 19 points in Dartmouth's loss to Princeton on Friday...     By Mark Washburn

PRINCETON, N.J. - Despite a career-high 19 points from junior guard Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.), the Dartmouth women's basketball team had its four-game win streak snapped with a 77-65 loss to Princeton on Friday (Feb. 15) night.

Dartmouth (6-14, 4-2 Ivy League) made a late run, which made things interesting down the stretch. Trailing by 16 points with 2:14 remaining, Zimmer rattled off two triples to get the score down to 11 points, but that was as close as the Big Green would get the remainder of the contest.

Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) joined Zimmer in double figures.  Steen had 14 points and while Schmitt added 10. Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) led the way on the glass with a game-high 13 rebounds, eight of which she had in the first half.

Dartmouth shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) for the contest and managed to outshoot Princeton (15-5, 6-0 Ivy League) in the first half, shooting 40 percent (10-of-25) while holding the Tigers to just 35.9 percent (14-of-39).  The Tigers just barely won the battle of the boards with 44 rebounds to 40 for the Big Green.  

Zimmer opened the second half with a triple which helped keep the momentum with the Big Green, but Princeton's Niveen Rasheed started to heat up and with two three-pointers helped the Tigers run their lead to 11 points at the 17:04 mark.

The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead, but the Big Green managed to cut into it late. With four minutes left, Dartmouth used an 8-2 run to cut the once, 19-point lead, to 12 before making its late run.

Princeton's Niveen Rasheed led all scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds.  

The game was a defensive battle from the outset as it took both teams a combined four minutes to get on the board. The Tigers struck first with a basket from Kristen Helmstetter, but Dartmouth wouldn't be denied and with a banked in triple from Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y.) kept the score within one possession early.  

The first half was a chess match as both teams utilized runs in the first stanza. Princeton record the first run of the game to take 21-16 lead, but the Big Green responded with its own 9-2 burst, fueled by a four-point play from Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.), to take its first lead of the contest at 26-23 at the 5:56 mark.

Princeton's Blake Dietrick nailed a triple to tie the game and the Tigers closed the half with a 9-2 spurt to take a 35-39 lead into the break. Toskovic led the Big Green with six points while Dawson had a game-best eight first-half rebounds.

The Big Green are back in action tomorrow night when they take on Penn. Dartmouth and Penn will tipoff at 7 p.m. at the Palestra.

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Sophomore Abbey Schmitt's father, Roger, played basketball at Princeton from 1975-79 ...  Tia Dawson had double-figure rebounds for the seventh time this season ... Faziah Steen became the first player to foul out of a game this season ... Zimmer scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half.