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Big Green Travel to Old Dominion For Sunday Matchup

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Kamala Thompson and the Big Green look to get back on track with a road game at Old...     By Mark Washburn

The Big Green women's basketball team travels to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion in non-conference action. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

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Game 6: Dartmouth (1-4-0, 0-0 Ivy League) at Old Dominion (4-1-0, 0-0-0 CAA)
Sunday, December 2 (2 p.m.)
Norfolk, Va. (Constant Convocation Center)
 Old Dominion leads, 1-0
Old Dominion has won one

Starting Five
1. Sunday's game is the first meeting between Old Dominion and Dartmouth since the 1994-95 season. The Big Green are making their second trip to Norfolk as they also traveled to Norfolk for the first meeting in the series.

2. Old Dominion is the second opponent from the Colonial Athletic Association the Big Green will face this season. Dartmouth has also taken on Northeastern, falling to the Huskies, 80-45, in Boston.

3. The Big Green are looking to snap its current four-game slide after falling to Syracuse in their last outing on Thursday (Nov. 29). Dartmouth is also looking for its second road win after defeating Bryant, 64-53, in its season-opener on Nov. 10.

4. Today's game is the first of back-to-back road games for the Big Green and is the beginning of a stretch of games in which Dartmouth will play four of its next five on the road. The lone home game is a matchup with Hartford on Sunday Dec. 9, which will be the last home game before the team breaks for the winter holidays.

5. Dartmouth is looking to keep its hot shooting from long range going against the Lady Monarchs. The Big Green drilled a season-high eight triples against the Orange and shot 61.5 percent from long range. Entering the game, Dartmouth was averaging just 2.8 three-pointers per game.   

Dartmouth vs. Old Dominion Notables
- Dartmouth and Old Dominion are meeting for the first time since the 1994-95 season. The Lady Monarchs won that meeting, 69-47. Sunday's meeting is the second time the Big Green have traveled to Norfolk, Va., Old Dominion hasn't made the trip to Hanover.

-Dartmouth is the lone Ivy League team on Old Dominion's schedule, but the teams' have a common opponent in Northeastern as well as Delaware, who could be a Dartmouth opponent in the Blue Sky Classic in Hanover, Dec. 29-30.

-The Big Green are searching for their first win over a CAA team since defeating Northeastern during the 2010-11 season. Dartmouth has a 14-8 record against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 389th win at Dartmouth. She entered the 2012-13 season needing 13 wins to claim her 400th victory as head coach of the Big Green.

2. Snap the Big Green's four-game skid and give Dartmouth its second road win this season. Last season, Dartmouth won four road games including non-conference wins over Vermont and Colgate.

3. Give Old Dominion its second consecutive loss after falling to No. 10/11 Cal on Friday. The Lady Monarchs were 4-0 entering Friday's game with the Golden Bears.  

Scouting Old Dominion
Old Dominion enters Sunday's game with a 4-1 record after dropping a, 63-47, home contest to No. 10/11 California on Friday (Nov. 30). Jackie Cook leads the Lady Monarch offense and is averaging 16.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. She is joined in double figures by teammate Shae Kelly who is tallying 12.6 points per game and is leading the rebounding efforts with 7.8 rebounds per game. Head coach Karen Barefoot is in her second season at the helm of the Lady Monarch program. The California game was the beginning of a three-game homestand for Old Dominion.

On the Road Again ...
Sunday's game against Old Dominion marks the first game of a stretch where the Big Green will play of four of their next five games on the road. The Big Green follow up Sunday's game with a road contest at rival, New Hampshire, on Wednesday (Dec. 5) and will travel for games at Florida International (Dec. 15) and Marquette (Dec. 20). Dartmouth will be at home for a showdown with Hartford on Dec. 9.

Big Green Made the Orange Work in the First Half
Despite dropping the contest to Syracuse, Dartmouth made the Orange work for everything in the first half. Dartmouth battled with the Big East squad and held an early advantage. The biggest help was three-point shooting. Dartmouth shot 66.7 (4-of-6) in the first frame and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line and only trailed the 'Cuse by four at halftime. 

Heatin' Up From Long Range
Entering the Syracuse game, Dartmouth was shooting just .200 (11-of-55) from behind the arc, but got things going from long range against the Orange. Dartmouth shot a season-best 61.5 percent (8-of-13) and Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) nailed a game-best three treys. Prior to the Syracuse game, Dartmouth was only averaging 2.8 three-pointers, down from its average of 4.6 in 2011-12. In fact, the Syracuse game was the opposite of the Northeastern game, in which the Huskies shot 61.5 percent against the Big Green.

Schmitt Goes Off Against Syracuse
Sophomore Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) had a career-night against the Orange, pouring in a team-best 18 points and setting a new career-high in the process. It was Schmitt's third game in double figures this season. Schmitt, who is also leading the Big Green in rebounding, has been in either double-figure rebounds or points in each game this season. She opened the season with a double-double (11 points and 14 rebounds) against Bryant.

Dartmouth Finds Shooting Touch
After opening the season with 64 points against Bryant, Dartmouth hadn't been able to score 60 points until Thursday's game against Syracuse. The Big Green shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) and tied their season-high with the 64 points.  The loss was the first this season in which the Big Green scored at least 60 points and lost. In fact, Dartmouth's 64 points was the most points a "mid major" school had scored on Syracuse to that point and was just shy of the 72 and 73 points, Orange opponents Georgia Tech and Virginia each posted on Syracuse.