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Strong Shooting Pushes Brown Past Dartmouth, 71-55

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By Mark Washburn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Strong shooting by Brown propelled the hosts to a 71-55 victory over the Dartmouth women’s basketball team on Saturday evening. Dartmouth falls to 3-17 overall and 0-6 in the Ivy. Brown is now 8-12 and 2-4 in the Ancient 8.

Senior Nicola Zimmer led the Green and White with 12 hard-earned points shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Sophomore Lakin Roland added 10 points and five rebounds and freshman Fanni Szabo scored all eight points in the first, but was shut down in the second due to fouls.

Early foul trouble forced the Big Green to shuffle the rotation, as four players picked up at least two foul before the half.  Szabo did all of her offensive damage in 14 minutes and sophomore Daisy Jordan made all three field goals with five rebounds.

Dartmouth scored on the first possession, as the Brown defense allowed Szabo a free pass down the lane. Brown tied the game at 19:06 on a jumper by Rebecca Musgrove.

On its next offensive set, Brown took a lead that they would not relinquished on a bucket by Natalie Ball. Dartmouth cut the deficit to a single-possession on a long-range triple by Szabo with 11:31 left. 

The Big Green then held Brown to a single-digit lead for the remainder of the half and had a chance to head into the break trailing by two, but a missed three-point buzzer-beater by junior Milica Toskovic rimmed out and Dartmouth trailed 29-24 after 20 minutes.

Brown continued its lead through the second half and increased the margin by shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) from the floor. Brown had 11 players contribute to the offense in the final stanza with Sophia Bikofsky netting eight points in the frame.

Bikofsky led the Bears with a game-high 14 points, followed by Lauren Clarke with 13 and Carly Wellington with 10 off the bench. Brown finished the game shooting 56 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers by the Big Green.

Dartmouth outrebounded Brown 31-23, as seven players contributed on the glass. Jordan provided an early spark off the bench with six points and six caroms, as did classmate Abbey Schmitt who also had four of her six points in the second and six of eight rebounds. Both shot 3-of-3 from the field.

Dartmouth returns home for back-to-back Ivy weekends as they host Cornell on Friday and then Columbia on Saturday with both games beginning a 7 p.m.