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Dosenko Forces OT but Big Green Fall to Penn

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Sasha Dosenko     By David Silverman(

HANOVER, N.H. - Senior center Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) hit a bucket under the basket to force overtime with 0:22 left in regulation, but the Quakers put up 17 points in overtime and pulled out the 73-63 victory in the extra session.

Dartmouth (3-18, 1-6 Ivy League) trailed by nine points, 53-44, with 4:41 left in the game, but a 9-1 run from the Big Green, fueled by a huge triple from sophomore guard Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) with two minutes left on the clock.  Dosenko completed her sixth three-point play of the season and sealed the extra session with the bucket underneath.

Despite forcing the overtime, the Big Green couldn't get much offense going with the extra time.  Penn took the early 58-56 lead on the first possession of overtime and freshman guard Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) had a chance to change the complexion of the game after getting three free throws after being fouled in the act of shooting.  Toskovic missed all three, but junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) tied the game after an offensive rebound from freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

Penn's Katy Allen drilled the Quakers 10th triple of the game, minutes later and the Big Green were playing catch-up from that point on. Dartmouth got as close at 63-60, but the Quakers went 8-of-10 from the line in the final minute to end their five-game skid and keep the Big Green winless in Leede Arena this season.

Steen led the Big Green offense with a game-high 22 points. She was 10-of-16 from the floor and had two three-pointers.  Dosenko joined Steen in double figures with 14 points for her fourth straight game in double figures. She also led the way on defensive end with a team-high eight rebounds.

It was a slow start for both teams to open the second half, but Penn (9-12, 2-5 Ivy League) seemed to get the hot hand first and used a 8-2 run, fueled by its three-point shooters, who had seven first half three-pointers, to pull ahead 35-29. Steen ended the skid with a layup and the squads traded baskets from that point.  

Neither team was able to get more than a five-point lead until late in the half, as each team responded to runs. The game featured eight ties and seven lead changes.

With 3:32 left before halftime, Dartmouth's upperclassmen went to work. Steen scored five straight and Dosenko added a basket as the Big Green closed the half on a 7-3 run to tie the game at 27-27 heading into halftime.

The first half was slow to start on the offensive end of things, but the Quakers took a 14-9 lead on the strength of back-to-back triples from Alyssa Baron. Dartmouth counteracted Penn's triples with penetration. Dartmouth drove to the basket and was able to force Penn to foul them and got themselves going offensively from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Arianne Hunter (Oklahoma City, Okla.) did just that and after going 1-of-2 from the line, seemed to jumpstart Dartmouth.  Following Hunter's free throws, Toskovic drilled a jumper as the offense came to life. On the other end of the floor the Big Green forced a turnover and another bucket from Dosenko had the game down to one-point, 14-13, at the 8:45 mark.

The Big Green will hit the road for the first of two consecutive Ivy League road trips next weekend. Dartmouth will head to New Haven, Conn., for a Friday night matchup with Yale, which will be televised on the YES Network and will conclude the weekend at Brown on Saturday night.  

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-Dartmouth has yet to win a home game this season. The Big Green hasn't won a home game since Feb. 19, 2011 when they defeated Cornell, a streak that spans 13 games dating back to last season.

-Dartmouth and Penn were tied 27-27 at halftime. It marked the second time this season Dartmouth was tied at halftime.

-Penn was one of three teams Dartmouth defeated last season.

-Dartmouth played its first overtime game this season. The last time Dartmouth played an overtime Ivy League game was in 2009-10 when they played overtime at Columbia and a double overtime at Yale.