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Late Comeback Thwarted In Big Green Loss to Yale

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Faziah Steen had 12 points in Dartmouth's 66-55 loss to Yale on Friday night.      By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth women's basketball team rallied late in the second half to cut a 14-point Yale lead to six points with 2:19 remaining, but Yale sealed a 66-55 win by going 9-of-10  from the charity stripe down the stretch. 

A Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) jumper was the catalyst for the late Dartmouth (6-16, 4-4 Ivy League) burst, but the Big Green ran out of time as the two squads split the season series with each team winning on the road.

Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) led the Dartmouth offense with a team-high 12 points. Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was also in double figures with 10 points and was two rebounds shy of her ninth career double-double with eight boards. Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.) also added a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss. 

In an evenly matched statistical game, the difference was three-point shooting. Yale (10-13, 5-4 Ivy League) drilled seven three triples, while Dartmouth mustered just two three-pointers on the night. The Big Green won the battle of the boards, 43-38, and had five blocks. 

The Big Green shot 36.1 percent (22-of-61) for the contest and despite allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 43.3 percent (13-of-30) in the first half, clamped down on defense in the second half, and held them to just 25.7 percent (9-of-35).

Dartmouth used a bucket from Steen at the 17:16 mark of the second half that ended a nearly 10 minute scoring drought for the Big Green, but Yale's Allie Messimer drilled another triple on Yale's next trip down the floor to stop any momentum.

Yale pushed its lead to 14 points at the 11:5 mark and the Big Green went to work and with seven unanswered, spearheaded by a triple from Zimmer, cut the lead to seven points midway through the half sparking the comeback attempt.

The Big Green opened the game with a triple from Zimmer on its first possession and pulled ahead 7-3 early. The Bulldogs got back in the contest with back-to-back triples from Allie Messimer and Megan Vasquez to make it a one-point game at the first media timeout.

The Bulldogs tied the game up at 7-7 with a free throw but a quick 7-0 burst, highlighted by four points from Roland, allowed Dartmouth to extend its lead to 14-9  at the 11:16 mark of the first half. Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y.) was also a spark on the offensive side of things with six first-half points and a team-best five rebounds.

With the Big Green holding a 19-14 lead, Yale got hot and closed the half on a 21-7 run, highlighted by treys from Messimer and Janna Graf -- two of their five first-half triples --  to take a 35-26 lead into the locker room. The Bulldogs held Dartmouth without a field for the final 6:29 of the half and capitalized on Big Green miscues with 10 points off turnovers.

Dartmouth is back in action on Saturday when they take on Brown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.  

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The Big Green move to 51-21 in the all-time series vs. Yale ... Tonight's game was a part of the annual "Think Pink/Play4Kay" initiative. Dartmouth also participated in a Pink Game at Penn last weekend.