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Late Surge Pushes Cornell Over Women's Basketball, 78-59

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. – Tied at 48-all with 13:02 remaining, Cornell used a 30-11 run to clip the Dartmouth women's basketball team, 78-59, on Friday evening at Leede Arena. Dartmouth falls to 3-18 overall and 0-7 in the Ivy League. Cornell improves to 12-9 and 4-3 in the league and will face Harvard tomorrow.

Dartmouth finished with three players in double figures, led by sophomore Lakin Roland with 17 points on 8-of-12 from the floor, but fouled out in 18 minutes. Freshman Fanni Szabo added 14 points with two from the outside and junior Abbey Schmitt contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. 

Allyson DiMagno finished with a double-double to pace the Big Red with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nia Marshall scored 14 points, and Nicholle Aston chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench. 

Marshall led the floor with 14 points on a perfect 7-of-7 at the break. Roland had 13 for the Green and White on 6-of-8 shooting. Both sides shot 50% from the field, with Cornell adding three from the outside. Roland gave Dartmouth a 2-0 lead after a turnover by Marshall allowed the forward to drive an open lane. Marshall returned the favor on the next drive, as both traded baskets throughout the half.  

The half saw five ties and three lead changes along with a double-digit lead by Cornell after a 12-2 run broke a 12-all tie on a jumper by Marshall at 9:49. Dartmouth cut the deficit to three (30-27) with a 11-2 spurt late in the period. Cornell’s Shelby Lyman nailed a three with 16 seconds left in the frame to put the Big Red ahead by six at the break, 36-30.

Trailing 44-34 two minutes in from the half, Dartmouth went on a 12-4 run and tied the game at 48 on a driving jumper by sophomore Daisy Jordan.  During the run, the Big Green found offence from five different players, including a triple by Szabo to make it a four-point game.

Cornell responded quickly with a 9-0 run to regain the advantage, 57-48, on a pair of free throws by DiMagno. Later in the second, DiMagno pushed her squad ahead further with four consecutive points, as Cornell held on to win by 19. DiMagno ended the final stanza with 16 points, but Dartmouth did a great job to hold Marshall scoreless.

The Big Green finished the game shooting 44 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 34-25. Cornell increased it shooting percentages in all three categories and finished at 55 percent from the floor with five three-pointers. Cornell was an effective 17-of-21 from the line.

Junior Milica Toskovic finished with seven points and seven rebounds, as the team scored 28 points in the paint and 15 off turnovers. 

Dartmouth will remain at home for three more games during its four-game homestand and host Columbia on Saturday evening at 7 pm. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and the first 200 to arrive will receive a Pink Zone shirt.