(6-0, 0-0 AE)
Date: Dec. 4, 2013 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: Leede Arena (2,100) | Location: Hanover, N.H.
• Freshman Katie Vareika scored a career-high 13 points in Dartmouth’s defeat to American on Sunday afternoon, 77-54. Vareika scored all 13 points in the final nine minutes of the game.
•The Big Green has struggled on the defensive side since losing senior point guard Nicola Zimmer prior to the Providence game. In the two missed games, the team has surrendered 79.5 points per game, while scoring just 63.0 per game.
• Junior Kamala Thompson continues to lead the team in rebounding, but has taken over the reins carrying the ball in Zimmer’s absence.
•Shereesha Richards leads the Great Danes with 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Four of the five starters for Albany are scoring in double figures. Albany has outscored its opposition by 16.8 points.
• Albany is one of 23 undefeated teams in the NCAA. So far this season, Dartmouth has faced two teams from the list, Syracuse (8-0) and Holy Cross (5-0). The Great Danes have quality wins this season over Marist and Providence.
ALBANY SCOUTING REPORT
The Great Danes enter tonight’s contest as one of the hottest teams in the NCAA. Albany has represented the America East Conference the past two seasons in the NCAA Tournament and are looking to make it a three-peat. Shereesha Richards leads the squad, nearly averaging a double-double with 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Sarah Royals is behind her with 14.8 points and 5.3 assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES (ALBANY)
Wednesday’s contest will be the fourth meeting between the Big Green and the Great Danes, with Dartmouth holding a 2-1 advantage. The first meeting took place on Jan. 25, 2000, when the Big Green took a 65-57 decision at Leede Arena. In the second meeting, Dartmouth won on the road in Albany, 61-56. In the final meeting after an 11-year hiatus, the Great Danes won 62-49. In all three meetings, the winning team eventually headed to the NCAA Tournament representing their respective conferences.
SZABO CLAIMS HER SECOND IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONOR
Fanni Szabo added her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 33 points in a home loss to Providence. Szabo started out slow, scoring seven points in the opening frame, but exploded out of the gates in the second half with 26 points on 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the outside. Szabo also added six steals, three rebounds and two assists to her game accolades.
IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Fanni Szabo was named the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season after scoring 21 points in her collegiate debut against Holy Cross.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Szabo leads Dartmouth in all but one shooting category this season. Through five games, Szabo leads the team in field goal percentage (47%), field goals attempted (74), field goals made (35), 3-point field goal attempts (39), and 3-point field goals made (13). Szabo trails junior Kamala Thompson in 3-point percentage, shooting 33 percent (13-of-39) compared to Thompson at 60 percent (3-of-5).
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.
IT’S THE LAKE SHOW WITH LAKIN ROLAND
Sophomore Lakin Roland impressed the new coaching staff during training camp and has jumped in the starting power forward spot. Roland is third in scoring, averaging 8.6 points and 3.2 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 WANTS
Tia Dawson tied her career record with six blocks against Vermont early in the season, but missed the American game with an injury. When healthy, Dawson is the squads best interior defender with the ability to go one-on-one inside the paint.
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.