HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore Lakin Roland finished with her second consecutive double-double of the season, but shooting woes haunted the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, as they fell 54-43 to La Salle at the 2013 Blue Sky Classic on Sunday evening at Leede Arena.
Roland paced the Big Green with 13 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 12 rebounds. Junior Abbey Schmitt added 10 points and six rebounds. After missing time due to illness, junior Milica Toskovic added nine points in 34 minutes.
While both sides struggled from the field, La Salle’s inability to convert on free throws allowed Dartmouth the opportunity to remain in the game. After missing all four in the first, La Salle went 12-of-21 in the second from the charity stripe. Three players scored in double figures for the Explorers, led by Lezza Burdres with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
After tying the game three times early in the first, Jasmine Alston hit a trey with 9:33 left to give La Salle a three-point lead, 12-9, and an advantage it would not relinquish. Midway through the stanza, La Salle went on a 15-2 run to take its largest lead of the half, 24-11, on a layup by Khristin Lee with 2:64 left.
Dartmouth struggled from the field in the first shooting 15 percent, but then improved in the second half making 11-of-26 for 42 percent.
La Salle’s double-digit lead carried through the second half, but a 5-0 outburst by Toskovic cut the deficit to its lowest, 35-28, with 10:04 left
Dartmouth freshman Fanni Szabo was held scoreless throughout most of the contest and finished with a season-low three points, connecting on a free throw and a late jumper. Senior Nicola Zimmer also returned to action after missing time and hit a three with six seconds left to play.
Lee finished the night with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Explorers and Alicia Cropper added a team-high 13 points with eight rebounds.
In the opening contest of the Blue Sky Classic, Binghamton won 56-51 over Massachusetts. Sherae Swinson led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. Morgan Murphy added 13 points and six rebounds. Kymber Hill had 12 points for the Minutewomen.
Dartmouth will take on the UMass in the final contest of the two-day event tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. La Salle and Binghamton will play in the opening match at 5 p.m.