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Dosenko's 20 Points Not Enough In Loss at Harvard

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Sasha Dosenko     By Michael Pimentel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) closed her collegiate career with 20 points, including a look at the game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds, but couldn't get it to fall to force extra time as the Dartmouth women's basketball team dropped a hard fought, 74-69, contest to Harvard on Tuesday (March 6).

Trailing 71-64 with 1:47 left in the game, Dartmouth (6-22, 4-10 Ivy League) used a jumper from junior guard Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and a triple, her first of the night, from Dosenko to get the Harvard lead to three-points with under a minute remaining.

Harvard missed a layup on the other end but Dosenko's game-tying triple rimmed out and Harvard's Elle Hagedorn made shots from the charity stripe to seal the win for Harvard.

Joining Dosenko in double figures was freshman center Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) who tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior captain Steen was also in double figures with 15 points.

Coming out of halftime, Dosenko was the go-to player as she had Dartmouth's first six points of the half, but it was Harvard's Emma Golen with a triple and a three-point play that sparked the Crimson to a 46-42 lead, forcing the Big Green to call a time out at the 16:24 mark.

Harvard (17-11, 10-4 Ivy League) started picking up momentum behind the play of junior Emma Golen. Golen had a career night with 21 points, including 13 in the first half.  The Crimson utilized an 18-6 run to turn a two-point halftime deficit to a 10-point, 52-42, advantage at the 12:56 mark.

Dartmouth started climbing out of its 12-point, hole by burying three consecutive triples. Sophomore guard Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) got things started and teammates Steen and Eve Zelinger (Palo Alto, Calif.) followed suite, to get the lead down to single digits at, 60-53, at the 7:48 mark.

 With the Big Green trailing, 72-69, the Dartmouth defense forced the Crimson into a shot clock violation and got the ball to Dosenko who had a great look at a three-pointer which would have sent the game into overtime.

Dawson came alive five minutes into the half with four straight buckets to cut the Harvard lead to one point, 10-9, at the 14:44 mark. Dartmouth's blue collar work ethic on the defensive end of the floor, made it hard for the Crimson to get any rhythm but Harvard kept taking it to the Big Green, especially their shooters, and used a 11-2 run, spearheaded by baskets from Elise Gordon in the paint to take a 20-11 lead at the 9:51 mark.

Zimmer capped a 25-18 Dartmouth run with a triple but it was a huge block from Steen on the other end that gave the momentum to the Big Green as Dartmouth took its first lead, 21-20.

The score see-sawed between the teams, throughout the final four minutes with the teams matching each other bucket for bucket but a 9-4 run by the Big Green, started by the play of Dosenko, gave Dartmouth a a 36-28 lead, it's largest of the half, with under three minutes to play.

Harvard closed the half on a 6-0 run to cut Dartmouth's lead to 36-34 heading into halftime.

Steen opened the game with a steal on Harvard's first possession but couldn't convert on the other end. The Crimson raced out to an 8-0 lead. Dawson ended the four-minute scoring drought with a bucket on the inside which seemed to jumpstart the offense as Steen nailed a triple out of the media timeout to cut the lead to 10-7. 

Dartmouth was quite efficient in the first half, shooting 47.1 percent (16-of-34) from the floor but it seemed to be counterbalanced by Harvard's 14 offensive rebounds which led to eight second half points.

The Big Green concludes the 2011-12 season with a 6-22, 4-10 Ivy League record and a seventh-place finish in the Ivy League.

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-Today's game is a matchup of several high school teammates. Dartmouth's Faziah Steen played with Harvard's Emma Golen at Detroit Country Day while Nicola Zimmer played with Harvard's Marissa Brock at St John's College High School.

-Dartmouth posted 19 assists its second consecutive game with double figure assists. Dartmouth had a season-high 20 assists against Columbia in its last outing.

-Tia Dawson's double-double was her sixth double-double of the season, the most by a Dartmouth player this season

-Senior Sasha Dosenko closed out her collegiate career with 698 career points. She also closed her career with double digits in eight of her last collegiate games.