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Szabo and Company Give Women First Road Win Over NJIT, 48-45

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By Gil Talbot

NEWARK, N.J. –  Freshman Fanni Szabo hit a game-winning three with 54 seconds remaining in regulation and junior Abbey Schmitt made both free throws with seven ticks left to give the Dartmouth women’s basketball team its first road win of the season, 48-45, over NJIT on Saturday afternoon.

In a see-saw battle that saw 12 lead changes and four ties, the Big Green battled through a small second-half deficit to overcome the Highlanders. The final 13 minutes of play saw the score either tied or within one possession. Denisa Domiterova hit a trey with 1:07 remaining to give NJIT a 43-41 lead after the Big Green had battled back with four consecutive points.

After the three-pointer by Domiterova, Dartmouth (3-12) ran a play designated for Szabo, who curled to the top of the key and drained a triple for the go-ahead bucket. Senior Nicola Zimmer, who finished with nine points and four assists on the afternoon, connected on both free throws with 26 seconds left to give the Big Green a 46-43 advantage.

NJIT (5-17) then raced down the court and made a layup with nine seconds to go, but a touchdown-like inbounds pass moved the ball into Dartmouth’s zone forcing NJIT to foul and Schmitt making two free throws to ice the game.

Junior Lakin Roland led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, serving as the driving force to propel her team to victory. Schmitt finished second on the team in scoring, contributing 10 points on the afternoon. Dartmouth shot 41 percent and made 7-of-8 from the line.

Early in the second half, Dartmouth led by as many as eight, but NJIT used a 9-3 run and tied the game 28-all with 11:09 remaining.

Roland’s dominating play in the first half accounted for eight of the 18 Big Green points.

Midway through the half, NJIT went on a 9-0 spurt to take an 11-6 lead with Robinson hitting back-to-back layups for the Highlanders as Dartmouth was held scoreless for four minutes of play. Roland’s jumper with 9:19 snapped the drought for the Big Green, who netted the next two baskets on a layup by Schmitt and then a nice spin around layup by Thompson. 

With Dartmouth holding a 12-11 lead, NJIT’s Camerin Spahn put the host back on top, and both teams traded baskets. Trailing 15-14, Dartmouth held the opposition scoreless the final 5:55 of the half. A tip-in by Roland and a jumper with 31 seconds left by Zimmer pushed the Green and White ahead at the break.

With non-conference play completed, the Big Green will concentrate on Ivy League action the remainder of the way and a much anticipated rematch with Harvard is on the docket next Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. at 6 p.m.