HANOVER, N.H. - In a back-and-forth contest, senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) poured in 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Dartmouth women's basketball team to a 55-48 win over Cornell on Friday (March 2) at Leede Arena.
With the teams trading buckets midway through the game, junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) took an off balance shot from the right elbow which went wide but freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) fought for the rebound underneath and then dished to Dosenko for an up-and-under basket to give the Big Green a 42-40 lead which started a critical Big Green run.
Dartmouth (5-21, 3-9 Ivy League) put a little distance between them and Cornell with a 9-2 run over the next two minutes, extending their lead to, 50-42, a lead they wouldn't relinquish and sealed the win from the charity stripe, going 5-of-6 down the stretch for its first victory at Leede Arena this season. The win gave the Big Green its first home win this season and snapped a 13-game home losing streak dating back to last season.
Dosenko led the offense with 15 points and a game-high 12 boards for her second double-double of the season and her third consecutive game in double figures. Steen and sophomore guard Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) joined her in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Dartmouth was great on the boards, outrebounding Cornell, 47-36. Dartmouth also made the most of its second chance opportunities with 13 second- chance points. Dartmouth's bench was very productive, especially sophomore guard Eve Zelinger (Palo Alto, Calif.) who had four points.
Cornell (11-15, 5-7 Ivy League) opened the game with a 10-4 run and was getting up and down the court, but the Big Green worked out the kinks and settled in after the first five minutes. Steen had Dartmouth's first four points but her teammates kept plugging away and buckets from freshman guard Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) and sophomore forward Arianne Hunter (Oklahoma City, Okla.) got the Big Green back in the game, forcing Cornell to call a timeout.
Out of the break, a bucket from Dosenko cut the Cornell lead to just one point at 11-10. Dosenko was clutch out of the timeout, scoring four straight to keep the Big Green within striking distance. Dartmouth kicked it up on the defensive end forcing Cornell into several turnovers on the Dartmouth end.
Birthday girl Zelinger nailed her attempt of the game to put the Big Green up 17-14 and from that point the score see-sawed with neither team taking more than a five-point lead over the next 7:48.
Hunter made her presence felt in the middle. The sophomore forward was banging down low and showed that she has great hands with six first-half points.
Cornell's Allysson DiMagno tied the game at 21-21 with a triple at the 5:48 mark but Toskovic had an answer and with a triple of her own returned the lead to the Big Green. On the other end, Dartmouth's stingy defense forced the Big Red to run the shot clock down which forced them into a turnover on the baseline.
Much like majority of the first half, the final minutes were back-and-forth, but the Big Green took a 29-28 lead into the break.
Dartmouth closes out the weekend on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Columbia. The dropped a 88-64 contest at Harvard tonight. The Big Green will celebrate the accomplishments of senior forward Sasha Dosenko in a pregame ceremony.
Big Green Sidelines
-Faziah Steen was facing her old high school teammate, Spencer Lane, in tonight's contest. This is the second time she's faced one of her teammates as Harvard's Emma Golen also played with Steen and Lane at Detroit Country Day.
-Sophomore Eve Zelinger celebrated her birthday today. It is the second time this season Dartmouth has had birthday on a gameday. Faziah Steen and Milica Toskovic celebrated their birthdays with a 72-62 win over Vermont on Nov. 22. Dartmouth is 2-0 when a player has a birthday this season.
- The Big Green snapped a 13-game home losing streak, dating back to last season
-Faziah Steen is eight points away from becoming Dartmouth's 16th 1,000th career scorer.