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Big Green Snap Skid Behind Tandem of Dawson and Steen

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Faziah Steen     By David Silverman(

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With the game tied at, 52-52, with 48 seconds left on the game clock, junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) drilled a triple and the Dartmouth women's basketball team hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 57-52 victory at Brown on Saturday (Feb. 18) night.

The win snapped a four game losing streak and gave the Big Green its second Ivy League road win, the first time since 2009-10 that Dartmouth has won two league road games.

Steen led Dartmouth (4-19, 2-7 Ivy League) with 16 points and five rebounds while freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) added 15 points and was just shy of her fourth double-double for the season with nine rebounds. Senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) had a team-best 11 rebounds.

In a game that went back-and-forth for the majority of the game, the Big Green showcased their defensive prowess and played with an abundance of energy. The game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes and no team had more than a six-point lead throughout.

It was a total team effort for the Big Green, who had each of their players score at least two points and grab two rebounds.

With the score tied at, 42-42, Dawson hit a pair of free throws after she put a shot up that rolled around on the rim which sparked a 5-0 burst that gave the Big Green a 47-42 lead and form that point the score see-sawed back and forth until the final two minutes of the contest.  

Out of the locker room, Brown (15-9, 6-4 Ivy League) scored seven straight points to take a 29-26 lead early, but Dartmouth's offense woke up and with a long jumper from Dawson and a pair of free throws from Dosenko, the Big Green took a, 30-29, lead at the 18:01 mark.

Dawson, who started the second half, was a force on the glass, corralling numerous balls in the paint while also utilizing her soft touch to score to the tune of eight points in the second half.

Sophomore guard Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) got started early on the offensive end of things and with an old fashioned three-point play gave the Dartmouth a 11-10 lead at the 11:59 mark all the while forcing the Bears into several untimely turnovers.

The Big Green closed the first half in thrilling fashion. Brown forced a Dartmouth turnover and as the Bears were coming down the court, Toskovic had a block at midcourt and passed the ball up to Dosenko who hit a bucket under the basket to give the Big Green a 26-22 lead at halftime.

Dartmouth was able to take advantage of the Bears in the paint in the first half with 10 points inside while also capitalizing on Brown turnovers with 11 points off of turnovers. The Big Green really stepped up their efforts on the glass and held a 24-21 advantage on the glass and has seven second chance points, due to the outstanding effort on the offensive glass.

Five unanswered points from Dawson helped the Big Green to a six-point, 16-10 lead, the largest of the half for either team, at the 10:30 mark, forcing the Bears to call the first timeout of the game.

Dartmouth opened the game with a strong showing on the defensive end, which opened the door for the offense. Toskovic opened the scoring with a triple and Steen added another as the Big Green took a 6-4 lead at the first media timeout.

Dartmouth is back on the road next weekend for games at Penn and Princeton. The Big Green opens the weekend at Penn on Friday at 7 p.m. and closes the weekend at Princeton at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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-Faziah Steen is now within 45 points of becoming Dartmouth's 16th 1,000-point scorer.

-Dartmouth played in its third "Play4Kay" game in tonight's game against Brown. The Big Green also had away pink games against Longwood while hosting its own pink game against Princeton.

-Dartmouth picked up its second Ivy League road win in tonight's game and avoided being swept by the Bears for the second consecutive season.

-Steen also extended her double figure scoring streak to 16 consecutive games.