(15-6, 6-1 Ivy)
(16-5, 6-1 Ivy)
Date: Feb. 22, 2014 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: Leede Arena (2,100) | Location: Hanover, N.H.
Dartmouth welcomes Penn and Princeton to Leede Arena this weekend. The Quakers and Tigers are tied for second place in the Ivy League standings, with Harvard currently in first place entering the weekend.
•Four home games are left for the Big Green heading into this weekend’s affair with Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday. Dartmouth has one more road trip remaining, when the Big Green invade the Empire State and the Big Apple next weekend.
•Dartmouth had a better showing on Saturday evening against Columbia, after trailing by six at the break against Cornell and eventually falling by 19 to the Big Red who had three players in double figures. Against Columbia on Saturday, Dartmouth tied the game with 11:54 left, but turnovers and failed opportunities led the Lions to a 65-59 victory.
•Since Dartmouth last saw Princeton 20 days ago, the Tigers have won their last four games by an average of 19 points and have scored 317 points in 160 minutes of action. Blake Dietrick was named Ivy League Player of the Week after career games against Brown and Yale, scoring 27 and 28 points, respectively.
• Penn has been one of the hottest teams in the Ancient Eight over the past month. At a perfect 5-0 in February, the Quakers, at worst, will split the season series with Harvard, who they defeated Feb 1. Penn will conclude the series with Harvard on Friday before heading to Hanover.
ALL-TIME SERIES (PRINCETON)
The 72nd meeting between the Big Green and Tigers begins week five of Ivy play. The Big Green hold a 43-28 lead over the Tigers, but are looking for their first win since 2009. Princeton has swept the Big Green the past four seasons and is aiming for their fifth. At one point, Dartmouth held a commanding 43-19 lead after putting together a 22-6 advantage through the mid-’90s.
FEB. 1 RECAP
Dartmouth trailed by three at the break, 32-29, but Princeton raced out to a double-digit lead before the second media timeout of the half, 47-36. Princeton doubled up Dartmouth in the second half to hold on for a 76-53 win. Dartmouth finished with three players in double figures, led by sophomore Lakin Roland with 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Nicola Zimmer had 11 points, and freshman Katie Vareika scored 10 points with two triples and four free throws. Michelle Miller led the Tigers with 16 points. Princeton’s balanced offensive attack saw 11 players contribute with 26 bench points.
PRINCETON MATCHUP: TOSKOVIC VS MILLER
This weekend features a battle of slashers as Dartmouth’s Milica Toskovic meets Princeton’s Michelle Miller. Last time out against Dartmouth, Miller led the Tigers with 16 points with five inside baskets. Toskovic struggled to get to the lane against Princeton, but has made half of her buckets from the paint. The small forward is averaging 6.2 points per game with three double-digit games this season. Miller recently scored 14 points against Yale and has 12 double figure performances with one double-double.
ALL-TIME SERIES (PENN)
The 71nd meeting between the Big Green and Quakers finishes the weekend at Leede Arena. The Big Green hold a 42-28 edge over the team from the city of Brotherly Love. Dartmouth is looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Quakers after winning 12 of the previous 14. Dartmouth began the series by picking up 19 wins in 23 tries. In three postseason meetings, the Big Green are 2-1.
JAN. 31 RECAP
Dartmouth held an early lead up until the 14:46 mark of the first, 8-7, but then Penn raced out to a double-digit lead with 4:47 on the clock, 24-13. The Quakers, led by Alyssa Baron with 20 points and Sydney Stipanovich with 12 points and 12 rebounds, also finished with two others in double figures. Roland and Zimmer led the Big Green with 10 points each.
PENN MATCHUP: POST PLAYERS
The tag-team of Abbey Schmitt and Roland will look to contain Penn’s Kara Bonenberger and Stipanovich after the Quaker duo had a combined 22 points and 18 rebounds compared to the 16 points and 11 rebounds from the Big Green posts. Stipanovich and Bonenberger are averaging 11.4 and 11.1 points per game through 20 games, with the Dartmouth frontcourt personnel of Roland and Schmitt at 11.1 and 6.3 per contest.