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Hot Shooting Princeton Too Much For Dartmouth

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Sasha Dosenko     By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. -Senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) posted her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds but the Dartmouth women's basketball team couldn't stop a hot shooting Princeton squad in a, 72-41, loss at Leede Arena on Friday (Feb. 10) night.

Dartmouth (3-17, 1-5 Ivy League) had a four-point lead on the two-time defending Ivy League champions in the first half, thanks to the play of Dosenko and junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.). The Big Green were down 6-5 at the 13:21 mark and a pair of free throws from Steen and a triple from Dosenko gave Dartmouth its only lead of the game.

From that point, Princeton (16-4, 6-0 Ivy League) cruised and used 55.6 percent (15-of-27) shooting from the floor in the second half to move to a perfect 6-0 in Ivy League action this season. Princeton's Niveen Rasheed had a team-high 15 points for the Tigers while Devona Allgood had a team-best seven rebounds.

Aside from Dosenko's double-double, which was her third consecutive game in double figures, Steen was also in double figures with 10 points and freshman guard Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) also had 10 points for her sixth game in double-figures. Dosenko's 12 rebounds was a game-high.

The second half featured Princeton's high-powered offense. The Tigers opened the half with unanswered baskets on their first three possessions and never looked back. A basket from Dosenko ended the Big Green's nearly four-minute scoring drought and it proved to be the spark Dartmouth needed, as the Big Green had baskets on their next three possessions, including a triple from Toskovic.  Dartmouth was able to get as close as 16 points the rest of way as the Big Green dropped their second consecutive game and 12th consecutive home game, dating back to last season.

The Tigers opened the game with a 5-0 run before a basket from freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) ended Princeton's opening spurt and after trading buckets Dartmouth was able to cut the Tiger lead to one-point, 6-5, at the 13:03 mark.

The Big Green played good defense in the first half forcing Princeton into 10 first half turnovers but Dartmouth couldn't find a way to capitalize, only coming up with two points off of turnovers in the first half. Trailing 13-12 with six minutes left in the first half, Princeton closed the half on a 17-6 run and took a, 30-16, halftime lead.

Dartmouth closes the weekend against Penn on Saturday. The Quakers dropped a, 66-52, contest to Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., tonight.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.

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-Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart makes her annual return to Leede Arena in tonight's game. Banghart played at Dartmouth from 1996-00 and also spent time as an assistant coach from 2003-07 before taking over at Princeton.

-Faziah Steen extends her free throw streak to 12 consecutive after going 2-of-2 from the line tonight.

-Princeton picks up is fifth straight win over Dartmouth with tonight's win.

-Dartmouth is still winless at home. The Big Green hasn't won a home game since Feb. 19, 2011 when they defeated Cornell, a streak that spans 12 games dating back to last season.