(1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Date: Nov. 14, 2013 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: Carrier Dome (32,000) | Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
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• Senior Nicola Zimmer added 10 points in the victory, as the point guard scored in double figures for the second time this season. She also added three assists and three steals in the win.
• Thursday is the fifth all-time meeting between the Big Green and the Orange. Last season, the former Big East school traveled to Hanover and defeated Dartmouth, 91-64.
•Syracuse enters the contest after traveling to the Northwest over the weekend, defeating Washington State, 69-65. Senior Shakeya Leary finished with a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Cougars.
• After bowing out in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to now Big East member Creighton, the newly minted ACC school under eighth-year head man Quentin Hillsman will face some tough competition in non-conference play and then in the conference portion of the schedule. The Orange will face fellow Ivy League member Cornell next Monday night at the Carrier Dome. First ACC game will be on the road against NC State on January 5, 2014.
ALL-TIME SERIES (SYRACUSE)
Thursday is the fifth meeting between the Green and Orange. In all four previous meetings, Syracuse has outscored Dartmouth, 292-241. In the last meeting in Hanover in 2012-13, Kayla Alexander finished with 27 points for the Orange. Abbey Schmitt led the Big Green with 18 points.
SYRACUSE SCOUTING REPORT
Picked seventh in the ACC Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Poll, the Orange are looking for the same amount of success they had in the Big East. After making the NCAA Tournament last season after four previous trips to the WNIT, the Orange are poised for a big season. Brittney Sykes added 16 points in the win over Washington State on Sunday night. Syracuse finished with 38 points in the paint and 21 points off the bench.
ALL-TIME SERIES (VERMONT)
The Catamounts hold a 17-13 advantage in the season series over Dartmouth. The Big Green have won the previous two meetings, but dropped the last six affairs prior to that. Dartmouth has won nine of the 17 meetings at Leede Arena.
ALL-TIME SERIES (HOLY CROSS)
Dartmouth holds a 6-5 overall record against Holy Cross after falling to the Crusaders to open the season, 84-59. The Big Green have dropped the last three games to the Crusaders, after starting 4-0 against the Purple. The Green and White are 2-2 at Leede Arena, but hold a 3-2 edge at the Hart Center. In the only neutral site meeting, back in 1979 at the Manhattanville Tournament, the Green won 76-47.
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
SECOND CITY GAL
Sophomore Abbey Schmitt finished last season ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.2 points per game, but was the team’s most efficient shooter, making 43 percent of her field goals. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times, and led the team in scoring and rebounding a combined 14 times during the season. She posted one double-double against Columbia on February 9, with 17 points and 12 boards.
KEEP ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN
Sophomore Lakin Roland has impressed the new coaching staff during training camp and is slated to be the other starting forward early on. Roland finished fifth in scoring, averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. At 6-0, Roland will need to use her size and ability on the glass to help her team on both ends of the court.
ITS TIA’S BLOCK PARTY SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANT
Tia Dawson tied her career record with six blocks against Vermont on Monday evening. The 6-2 junior leads the team with eight rejections and is tied with teammate Kamala Thompson with 14 rebounds. Dawson is still developing on the offensive side, but has a nice turn around shot.
Freshman Fanni Szabo has made quite a name for herself in her native Hungary. Szabo has been named to multiple All-Tournament teams and has taken the stage in many important games for her country, including an exhibition against Team USA in 2011. Szabo scored four points in the game that featured current WNBA stars Cappie Pondexter, Brittney Griner and Tina Charles.
The Big Green were chosen fifth in the 2013-14 Ivy League preseason poll, that was conducted by various media outlets within the eight institutions and one national media member.
TUTTO IN FAMIGLIA (All in the Family)
After being hired by Dartmouth, Koclanes searched for a staff that would complement her coaching style. Former Navy assistant Maria Noucas was tabbed as the top-assistant, after battling Koclanes the past few seasons in the Patriot League. Koclanes’ next option was to find someone who understands the ins and outs of the Ivy League. Enter the 2011 Ivy Player of the Year Addie Micir, a Princeton graduate. Micir is a smart, energetic fresh mind that just finished two seasons overseas in Europe. Her most recent team was Challenge Sports Binnenland in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The final position on the staff went to Koclanes’ former student-manager at ODU Michael Motta. The youngest member on staff, Motta spent last season with Providence as a graduate assistant coach.
TOUGH SCHEDULE = GOOD RPI
The schedule will feature six teams that played in the post-season last year, including three from the Ivy League. Dartmouth will square off against four teams from the America East Conference (Albany, Hartford, New Hampshire and Vermont) and two teams from the Big East (DePaul and Providence), Atlantic-10 (La Salle and UMass) and Patriot League (American and Holy Cross). The Big Green will also face single foes from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Syracuse), Northeast Conference (Bryant) and Independent (NJIT).
WELCOME TO HANOVER
Dartmouth will play the most home non-conference games at Leede Arena since the 1992-93 season, when they hosted eight teams. In total this season, the Big Green will welcome 15 different schools to Hanover, but only 14 will face the Green. Binghamton is the only team to not face Dartmouth, as they are the third team in the Blue Sky Classic.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Dartmouth Athletics, in partnership with NeuLion, announced the launch of the brand new Ivy League Digital Network, featuring enhanced live video streaming of all home games and extensive coverage of Big Green road contests against Ivy League foes.
Starting with the 2013-14 season, the completely redesigned Dartmouth channel — known as Big Green Insider — will include an easy-to-navigate interface with a league-wide network schedule and new interactive features that showcase the expanded content offerings available on computer, mobile and tablet devices, all without the use of an app.
FREE LIVE AUDIO
This season 24 of the 28 games will be streamed with free live audio on Dartmouthsports.com and the Ivy League Digital Network. Brett Franklin will have the call beginning with a live 15-minute pre-game show where he will be joined by an assistant coach and player and then an extensive postgame show with head coach Belle Koclanes. During select road games this season, assistant SID Nick Guerriero will join Franklin to help breakdown the game and give the inside scoop on Dartmouth women’s basketball.
THE BRETT FRANKLIN SHOW W/ BELLE KOCLANES
Inspired by former Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry; Belle Koclanes is following in her footsteps with her own radio talk show segments. Koclanes joins WTSL 94.3FM/1400-AM and WTSV 1230-AM host Brett Franklin every Tuesday evening from 5:30-5:45 p.m. An archive of the weekly segment can be heard on Dartmouthsports.com the following day.
FOLLOW THE BIG GREEN
Interested in the Big Green on social media or looking for in-game updates? Then follow the official twitter account @Dartmouth_WBB. Head coach Belle Koclanes is also on twitter @coachbelleko. Assistant coaches Maria Noucas and Addie Micir can be followed at @mnoucas and @amicker23. Director of Basketball Operations Michael Motta can be searched under @michael_motta. The official FB page is www.facebook.com/DartmouthWomensbasketball.