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Dartmouth Comes up Short Against Princeton

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Sasha Dosenko     By Doug Austin

PRINCETON, N.J. - Despite a career-high 21 points from senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) and numerous bright spots the Dartmouth women's basketball team couldn't figure out a way to stop the hot shooting Princeton offense, falling 94-57, to the Tigers on Saturday (Feb. 25).

Princeton, who moved to 11-0 in Ivy League action, clinched its third consecutive Ivy League Championship with the win.

Dosenko led the way for the Big Green with her career-high 21 points and was joined by junior captain Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) who added 19 points to move within 19 points of scoring her 1,000th career point.

Dartmouth had trouble stopping the Tigers from the outset. Princeton (21-4, 11-0 Ivy League) shot 52.9 percent (26-of-38) from the field and were 50 percent (10-of-20) from long range behind seven three-pointers from Lauren Edwards.

The Big Green tried to keep pace with the Tigers, but with a short bench and all of Princeton's offensive firepower, it was too much for the Big Green.  

Out of the halftime break, Princeton utilized a 9-0 run to extend its lead to 54-32 with just over three minutes off the shot clock. Sophomore forward Arianne Hunter (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ended the drought with a hard fought bucket on the inside to keep the game at 20 points at the first media timeout of the second half.

Steen entered double figures for the 17th time in the last 18 game, with a triple at the 15:28 mark, but the Big Green couldn't figure out a way to stop the potent Princeton offense that forced Dartmouth into 22 turnovers while capitalizing on 31 points on the other end.

Midway through the second half, Princeton pulled away and the Big Green used baskets from Steen and Hunter to score some more points for Dartmouth but it wasn't enough as the Tigers clinched their third consecutive Ivy League Championship.

Princeton opened the game with a 10-2 run before Big Green leading scorer, Steen nailed a triple to keep Dartmouth within striking distance but the Big Green couldn't stop the Tigers who shot 44.4 percent (16-of-36) for the half and 42.9 percent from long range (6-of-14) led by five triples from Lauren Edwards.

The Tigers led 45-32 at halftime.  

Hunter added a spark off the bench with three quick points. She also was very active, along with the rest of her teammates on the defensive end, forcing lots of deflections and being quite active in the passing lanes.

The Dartmouth post players were very important for the Big Green down the stretch. Dosenko and Hunter combined for 10 consecutive points to keep the game within three possessions with less than four minutes left in the first half.

The story of the first half was free throws for the Big Green. Dartmouth closed the first half with nine consecutive free throws led by Dosenko and Steen, who combined to go 10-of-10 for the half.  For the Tigers it was three-pointers that made the difference. They had six first half triple, five of them from senior Lauren Edwards.

The Big Green return to Leede Arena for senior weekend against Cornell and Columbia next weekend. Dartmouth will honor senior Sasha Dosenko after the Columbia game.  

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-Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart played at Dartmouth from 1996-00 and also spent time as an assistant coach from 2003-07 before taking over at Princeton.

-Eve Zelinger makes her second start this season. She started for the Big Green in the season-opener at Kansas State. She has made three career starts.

-Dartmouth played in its last "Pink Game" this season in tonight's game. The Big Green and Princeton also played a "Pink Game" when the teams meet in Hanover, N.H., Feb. 10.

-Princeton's 94 points was the most points by a Dartmouth opponent since the UConn scored 95 during the 2005 season.