PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Freshman guard Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) posted a career-high 17 points, but the undermanned Dartmouth women's basketball team fell to Penn, 63-49 at the Palestra on Friday (Feb. 24).
Toskovic was joined in double figures by classmate center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) who posted 10 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season while senior center Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) added 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Dartmouth was playing with a short bench for the third consecutive game, but despite being undermanned gave the Quakers a game, only being outscored by three-points in the second frame.
Trailing, 31-20 starting the second half, Penn used a 19-2 run to jump ahead 44-22 at the 14:20 mark and never looked back en route to the season sweep of the Big Green.
Junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.), who had her streak of games in double figures end with seven points, hit her first triple of the night at the 13:08 mark to cut the lead to 20 points, but the Big Green just couldn't find a way to stop Penn's Alyssa Baron who was on fire in the second half with 15 points in the second frame.
The first half was characterized by tough defense from both teams. The Big Green opened a 4-0 lead early, but Penn settled in and tied the game behind defensive pressure and four quick points off Dartmouth turnovers.
Toskovic hit two triples and the Big Green took a 10-8 lead forcing the Quakers to call the first timeout of the game. The quick time out worked and Penn opened a 6-0 run behind several three-pointers, including one out of the timeout from Meghan McCullough.
With the Quakers up 16-10, sophomore forward Arianne Hunter (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ended the Penn run with a up and under move to the basket to cut the Penn lead to four points, 16-12, midway through the first half. Dartmouth was able to utilize a quick 5-0 run to get as close as one point, but the Quakers went to a full court press and forced the Big Green into a turnover and several missed layups to jump ahead 24-15 at the 6:37 mark.
Toskovic changed the complexion of the game with a little over six minutes left in the half. Fouled while shooting a three-pointer, she went to the line and nailed all three of her free throws cutting into the lead and getting it down to six points, 24-18 but that was as close as Dartmouth would get as Penn used a 5-0 burst to take a, 31-20, halftime lead. Toskovic led the Big Green with 11 first half points while Dosenko had a team-best five rebounds.
Dartmouth is back on the hardwood tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25) when they take on Princeton at 6 p.m. at Jadwin Gym. The Tigers defeated Harvard, 74-44, on Friday night and are 10-0 in Ivy League action.
Big Green Sidelines
-Faziah Steen is now within 38 points of becoming Dartmouth's 16th 1,000-point scorer.
-Steen's streak of consecutive games in double figures ended at 16 when she only had seven points tonight.
- Dawson is back in the starting lineup, after missing her last two starts. She has started 22-of-24 games this season.