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Big Green Welcome BYU Cougars to Leede Arena For Home Opener

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Dartmouth opens the 2012-13 home slate against BYU on Tuesday (Nov. 13).      By David Silverman(

The Dartmouth women's basketball team opens up the 2012-13 home slate when they welcome the BYU Cougars to Leede Arena. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. and is the first of a doubleheader with the Big Green men.

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Game 2: Dartmouth (1-0-0, 0-0 Ivy League) vs. BYU (1-0-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Tuesday, November 13 (5 p.m.)
Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
First Meeting
First Meeting

Starting Five
1. Dartmouth opens the 2012-13 home slate in Tuesday's contest. The Big Green is looking for their third home-opening win in the last four seasons. Dartmouth has a 287-151 all-time record on its home floor.

2. The Big Green will open the home slate against an opponent from a "major conference" for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they hosted Providence in the home-opener. The Big Green won that game, 64-57.

3. Dartmouth is looking for its first win over a "major conference" opponent since defeating Providence and Kansas during the 2003-04 season; both of those wins taking place at Leede Arena.

4. BYU will be the first of two first-time opponents for Dartmouth this season. The Big Green will also take on Duquesne for the first time later in the season.

5.  Dartmouth will honor senior Faziah Steen with a commemorative game ball for scoring her 1,000th career point last season.

Dartmouth vs. BYU Notables
- This is the first meeting between the Big Green and Cougars. BYU is a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC). Dartmouth has a record of 1-2 against current members of the WCC with a win over Pepperdine and losses to Loyola - Marymount

-Dartmouth will be the first of two Ivy League opponents on tap for the Cougars. BYU will also take on Harvard on Friday in Cambridge, Mass. The Cougars will also play Boston College on its road-swing through the Northeast.

-The Big Green has played a first time opponent in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Dartmouth took on California and Longwood for the first time, both on the road.  

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth its first home-opening win since 2010-11 when they defeated rival, Vermont. Last season, Dartmouth dropped its opener to New Hampshire, 58-53.

2. Improve Dartmouth to 26-14 all-time in home-openers. Prior to last season's loss Dartmouth had won back-to-back openers with wins over Vermont and Bryant.

3. Put the Big Green at 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. That season, Dartmouth opened up 4-0 and claimed the Ivy League championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting BYU
BYU enters Tuesday's game with a 1-0 record after defeating Weber State, 80-55, in its home opener on Friday (Nov. 9). They had three players in double figures with Lexi Eaton leading the way with a game-high 24. Kim Parker Beeston (13) and Morgan Bailey (11) were also in double figures. The Cougars will be spending the next three games in the Northeast with games against Boston College (Nov. 15) and Harvard (Nov. 16) scheduled.  Head coach Jeff Judkins is in his 12th season at the helm of the program and has advanced to the postseason each of the last three years.

Home Sweet Home
Dartmouth kicks off the home slate with Tuesday's game against BYU. The Big Green are looking for their 26th home-opening win and the first since the 2010-11 season. Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus is 17-10 in home openers in her second stint. 

Schmitt Takes Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors
After sitting out the 2011-12 season with injury, sophomore forward Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) made one heck of a debut with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the win at Bryant. She shares the award with Harvard's Temi Fagbenle, who also sat out the 2011-12 season.

One Heck of A Debut
Abbey Schmitt
(Winnetka, Ill.) made the most of her collegiate debut. She racked up 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds en route to her first career double-double. In fact, she becomes the first Big Green rookie to post a double-double in her collegiate debut since the 2003-04 season when Elise Morrison had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Charlotte. Ironically, both instances occurred on the road.

Let's Make It An Evening of Dartmouth Basketball
Tuesday's game against BYU will be the first doubleheader for the men's and women's basketball teams since the 2006-07 season. That season, the women defeated Colgate, 68-48, while the men defeated Army, 66-58, in the lone doubleheader that season.