CHICAGO — Dartmouth erased a 10-point halftime deficit and took a lead off an 18-2 run, but Loyola hit a late three-pointer to give the Ramblers a 56-52 victory over the Big Green on Thursday afternoon.
Freshman Fanni Szabo led the Big Green with 19 points and hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 51 with 1:28 remaining, but Katie Faught nailed a shot clock expiring three to give the Ramblers a late lead.
Trailing by two after a made free throw by Szabo, Dartmouth had an opportunity to tie the game after a missed shot by Ayrealle Beavers, but a turnover on the rebound forced the Green to foul. Beavers made both from the line, to seal the contest for her squad.
Freshman Katie Vareika finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 from the field. Sophomore Lakin Roland added her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Roland also added a steal and an assist.
Trailing 28-18 at the half, Szabo hit a quick layup after a turnover to decrease Loyola’s lead. After four consecutive points by the Ramblers, Dartmouth used momentum and cut the disadvantage to seven off a three by Vareika. The Big Green began its 18-2 run with 13:12 remaining, as Szabo scored eight consecutive points.
Down by two points, Roland hit a layup and then Vareika tied the score on a jumper from the wing. Junior Nicole Beresford gave the Green and White a 42-41 lead on the front-end free throw. Vareika then gave the team a four-point edge, 45-41, on a three-pointer at the elbow. After a Loyola jumper, junior Kamala Thompson hit a layup to regain the two-possession lead. Thompson came off the bench to add eight rebounds and was used as the primary ball handler late due to foul trouble.
Loyola answered back with a 5-0 run to take its lead with three free throws and a jumper, all by Troy Hambric. Szabo tied the game once again for Dartmouth on a free throw, but then three consecutive freebies by Faught gave Loyola a lead.
Although Ramblers held a 28-18 lead at the half, both teams struggled immensely on the offensive side with a combined 32-missed shots after 20 minutes. The game was scoreless for the first three minutes of play until Beavers hit a jumper from inside the paint. Dartmouth tied the score 40 seconds later, when Szabo used the glass on a penetrating drive.
The visitors scored the next four points on jumpers by Schmitt. Loyola tied the contest at six with 9:58 left, as both sides traded baskets for the next three minutes. The Ramblers took advantage of a 10-0 run and held a 21-13 lead with 3:55 left in the frame. Schmitt and Roland each added their sixth points of the half with an inside jumper, but the Ramblers made it a double-digit lead on a buzzer beating jumper by Becca Smith.
Dartmouth won the battle on the boards in the half, 23-20 with Roland grabbing a season-high nine rebounds.
Hambric had a game-high 21 points on 9-of-22 from the field for the Ramblers. Bailey Farley contributed 11 points.
The Big Green shot 39 percent from the field, compared to the 32 percent from the Ramblers. Dartmouth also outrebounded Loyola, 45-33.
Dartmouth will return home to Hanover and will host the Blue Sky Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Big Green will meet La Salle on the first night and then UMass the following day. Both Dartmouth games will begin at 7 p.m.