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Women's Basketball Starts Second Half at Yale and Brown

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By Doug Austin

The Dartmouth women's basketball team hits the road for the first of two consecutive Ivy League road trips this weekend. The Big Green travel to Yale on Friday before closing the weekend at Brown on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday's game at Yale will be televised regionally on the YES Network.

Game 22: Dartmouth (3-18, 1-6 Ivy League) at Yale (14-8, 6-2 Ivy League)
Friday, February 17 (7 p.m.)
New Haven, Conn. (Lee Amphitheater)
Dartmouth leads, 50-19
Yale has won five

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Game 23: Dartmouth (3-18, 1-6 Ivy League) at Brown (14-8, 5-3 Ivy League)
Saturday, February 18 (7 p.m.)
Providence, R.I. (Pizzitola Sports Center)
Dartmouth leads, 48-32
Brown has won three

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Starting Five
1. Junior guard Faziah Steen is 79 points away from becoming Dartmouth's 16th 1,000-point scorer. She will need to average 11.2 points the rest of the season to reach the milestone this season. She is Dartmouth's leading scorer with 15.6 points per game.    

2. The Big Green will be spending the next four games on the road, starting with this weekend's Yale and Brown games. Dartmouth will play five of its final seven games away from the friendly-confines of Leede Arena.

3. Dartmouth has dropped its last three games after snapping a 13-game losing streak with a 59-44 win at Columbia on Feb. 3. The Big Green hasn't won more than two consecutive games this season.

4. Dartmouth is looking for its third true road win of the season in this weekend's contests. The Big Green have road wins over Vermont and Columbia and a neutral site win over Colgate. Dartmouth hasn't won a home game this season and is 0-10 at Leede Arena.

5. The Big Green is looking for season splits with both Yale and Brown. Dartmouth last split a regular-season contest with Brown in 2009-10. Prior to the start of Yale's five-game win streak in 2009-10, Dartmouth hadn't split with the Bulldogs since 2006-07, winning four consecutive games.  

Dartmouth vs. Yale Notables
-Dartmouth and Yale are meeting for the 70th time in Friday's contest. The Big Green own a 50-19 series advantage but have dropped each of the last five games, including the first meeting this season, to the Bulldogs. Dartmouth hasn't defeated Yale in New Haven since the 2008-09 season, when they won the Ivy League championship.

-Friday's contest at Yale will also be televised on the YES Network. This is the second television game for the Big Green this season as they also played on local Worcester, Mass., television when they took on Holy Cross earlier this season.

-Both Dartmouth and Yale have a player from Michigan on their team. Big Green leading scorer, Faziah Steen hails from Detroit, Mich., and played her high school basketball at Detroit Country Day while Yale's Arrice Bryant is also a Detroit native, and played prep basketball at Renaissance high school in the Detroit Public Schools League.   

Dartmouth vs. Brown Notables
-Dartmouth and Brown are meeting for the 71st time on Saturday night. Dartmouth leads the series 48-32 but Brown has won the last three meetings. The Big Green last won in Providence during the 2009-10 season, and prior to the Big Green's win at Columbia this season, it was Dartmouth's last Ivy League road win.

-In the first meeting between Dartmouth and Brown this season, Brown head coach Jean Marie Burr picked up her 300th career win. Burr joins five other Ivy League women's basketball coaches with at least 300 career wins.

A Win Would ...
1. Snap Dartmouth's current three-game skid. The Big Green last won a game on Feb. 3 at Columbia. Dartmouth went winless in the months of December and January.

2. Give Dartmouth its second Ivy League road win. The Big Green were winless on the road in Ivy League action last season and if they should win another road game this year, it will mark the first time since 2009-10 they have posted multiple Ivy League road wins.  

3. Give the Big Green a chance to pick up two Ivy League wins. Last season, Dartmouth only won three Ivy League games, the fewest Ivy League wins since the 1977-78 season when the Big Green were 0-5 in league action. Should Dartmouth win twice this weekend, they will tie its win total from a year ago.

Scouting Yale
Yale (14-8, 6-2) enters this weekend sitting in second place after wins over Columbia and Cornell last weekend.  In the Bulldogs win over Cornell, head coach Chris Gobrecht picked up her 500th career win and junior guard Megan Vasquez earned her 1,000th career point. Yale enters Friday's game as winners of two consecutive and five of its last six contests, the lone blemish coming to two-time defending Ivy League champion, Princeton. Vasquez leads the Yale offense and is averaging 15.7 points per game and recently hit a career-high 28 points against Columbia. Jenna Graf is also in double figures for the Bulldogs with 10.7 points per game while four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week; Sarah Helejian is contributing 8.8 points per game. Graf and Michelle Cashen lead Yale's defensive efforts with 5.7 and 5.6 rebounds per game, respectively. The Big Green is looking to snap a five game skid to the Bulldogs and earn its first win at Lee Amphitheatre since the 2008-09 season. Head coach Chris Gobrecht is in her seventh season.

Scouting Brown
Brown enters Saturday's contest with a 14-8, 5-3*Ivy League record after a 60-49 win over Cornell on February 11. The Bears are sitting in fourth place in the Ivy League standings, just one game out of second place behind Yale and Harvard. The Bears enter Saturday's matchup as winners of three straight, including a, 72-63, overtime win against Columbia last weekend. Sheila Dixon and Hannah Passafuime lead the Brown offense. Dixon is the Bears leading scorer with 13.7 points per game and has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games. Passafuime is also in double figures with 12.5 points per game. Dixon also leads the way on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game. The Bears have four players averaging at least 5.0 rebounds per game. Dartmouth is looking to snap a three-game slide to the Bears. Dartmouth hasn't lost more than three consecutive games to Brown in program history and is in search of its fifth road win at the Pizzitola Center in the last five tries. Head coach Jean Marie Burr is in her 24th season. *Brown will take on Harvard before playing Dartmouth on Saturday. All statistics are from prior to the Harvard game.

Dosenko Earns Spot on Ivy League Honor Roll
Senior forward Sasha Dosenko earned a spot on the Ivy League honor roll for her efforts against Princeton and Penn.  Dosenko had back-to-back game in double figures, including her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Princeton (Feb. 10) while hitting a basket to force overtime against Penn (Feb. 11). She also extended her double figure streak to four consecutive games. It is Dosenko's first appearance on the honor roll this season.  

Dosenko Making a Statement
Sasha Dosenko has picked up her game in the last several weeks, coinciding with the beginning of Ivy League action. She has been in double figures in each of Dartmouth's last four games and has posted 12 rebounds on two occasions in the last five games. Dosenko's season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds against Princeton (Feb. 10) was her first double-double since she had a career-high 19 rebounds and 13 points against the same Princeton squad last season. Dosenko has recorded four career double-doubles. The Kiev, Ukraine native also picked up her 600th career point against Princeton.

Big Green Steen Machine
Junior guard Faziah Steen has been quite effective on the offensive end of things this season. She is currently on a streak of 14 consecutive games in double figures and has been Dartmouth's leading scorer in 17 of 21 games this season. Steen has been in double figures in 27 of Dartmouth's last 31 games dating back to last season.  Last weekend, Dartmouth's leading scorer scored 32 points on the weekend, including 22, in an overtime effort against Penn on Saturday (Feb. 11).

Approaching 1,000
Faziah Steen is racing up Dartmouth's all-time scoring charts and with her 32 points last weekend moved into the No .19 spot on the Big Green's all-time scoring charts with 921 points. Steen is now just 79 points away from becoming Dartmouth's 16th 1,000-point scorer. She needs to just average 11.2 points per game the rest of the season to hit the milestone.  Steen entered the season with an 11.2 career scoring average and has scored over 200 points in each of her seasons at Dartmouth. She currently has 328 points this season for her highest scoring season to date.

Dartmouth in the Rankings
Several Big Green players are in the national rankings this week. Faziah Steen is ranked No. 3 in free throw percentage shooting at a .913 (63-of-69) clip The NCAA stats are for games played through Feb. 12. Steen also leads the Ivy League in three pointers per game (2.3) and in free throw percentage (.910). Tia Dawson is also the Ivy League's top shot blocker with 2.0 rejections per game, which ranks 50th nationally.