HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's basketball team gathered at head coach Chris Wielgus' house to celebrate the 2011-12 season and hand out several individual awards on Thursday (May 24).
With its most youthful team in years, the Big Green faced several ups and downs during the 2011-12 season, but rallied together to close the year with a bang. The Big Green picked up wins over Ivy League foes, Brown and Cornell in the final weeks of the season and completed a series sweep of Columbia to send senior forward Sasha Dosenko (Kiev, Ukraine) out with a win on Senior Day. Dartmouth also picked up non-conference wins over regional rivals, Colgate and Vermont, both road victories.
Junior captain Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) was Dartmouth's leading scorer throughout the season and provided invaluable leadership as one of just two upperclassmen on the squad. For her efforts she was named the recipient of the Koziara Most Valuable Player Award.
During her junior season she set numerous milestones. She was the lone player to start each game and was Dartmouth's leading scorer averaging 15.4 points per game. In the final game of the season against Columbia she became the Big Green's 16th 1,000-point scorer and currently ranks No. 16 on Dartmouth's career scoring list with 1,025 points. She also tallied a career-best 32 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double in a win over Vermont (Nov. 22) and was named to the Blue Sky Classic All-Tournament team for her play against LaSalle and No. 17 Georgetown in the annual holiday tournament.
Dosenko has been an integral piece of the Dartmouth women's basketball program since her arrival on campus four years ago. For her commitment and dedication to the Dartmouth women's basketball program she was awarded the Goss Spirit Award.
The Kiev, Ukraine, native saved the best for last and had an outstanding senior season. She saw action in 28 games with 19 starts and started each of the last 11 games of the season. She was Dartmouth's second leading scorer, averaging 8.7 points and was the second-best shot blocker on the team with 1.3 rejections per game. Had her best game of the year against Princeton, posting a career-best 21 points. Dosenko was also one of two Big Green players to average in double figures in Ivy League action, with 12.7 points per game. Dosenko concludes her Dartmouth career ranked No. 6 on Dartmouth's all-time blocked shots list with 127 rejections.
The Big Green concluded the 2011-12 season with a 6-22, 4-10 Ivy League record. Dartmouth will return eight players, including leading scorer Steen and top rebounder Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and will be joined by six newcomers for the 2012-13 season.