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Big Green Drop Road Contest to Penn

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Kamala Thompson has a team-high six rebounds in the loss to Penn.     By Mark Washburn

PHILADELPHIA - The Dartmouth women's basketball team had trouble stopping Penn's Keiera Ray, who had a game-high 19 points, as the Big Green dropped a 63-40 road contest at Penn on Saturday  (Feb. 16) night.

Sophomore forward Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) lead the Big Green offense with 12 points for her third straight game in double figures while classmate Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y) posted a team-best six rebounds.

Despite the score, Dartmouth (6-15, 4-3 Ivy) shot 41.9 percent (18-of-43) outshooting the host Quakers, who were just 36.5 percent (19-of-52), for the contest. The Big Green also won the battle of the boards outrebounding, Penn 32-29.

Penn (12-9, 5-2 Ivy League) capitalized on Dartmouth turnovers, scoring 24 points off Big Green giveaways, while also getting to the line 21 times and converting 17 times.

The Big Green scored the first basket of the second half on a jumper from Thompson, but the Quakers held Dartmouth without a basket for over six minutes, and during that span extended their lead to 45-29. Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) ended the drought with a jumper from the right side, but Dartmouth couldn't get anything going and mustered just 15 points in the second half.

The opening minutes of the game featured quite a bit of back-and-forth from both squads. The Quakers took the first lead of the game, 13-8, at the first media timeout utilizing a triple from Alyssa Baron.

Dartmouth came out of the timeout and clamped down on defense forcing Penn into two quick turnovers which led to buckets for the Big Green and with a basket on the inside from Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.), cut the lead to 13-11.

Penn used a 11-2 run and held the Big Green without a basket for five minutes to pull ahead, 27-15 - their largest lead of the half - but Dartmouth went strong on the defensive side and used a 7-0 run, with four points from Schmitt, to cut the lead to 27-22 at the 2:29 mark.

The Quakers used triples from Renee Bush and Ray in the final 2:26 of the half to take a 33-25 lead in the halftime break.  Schmitt lead the Dartmouth offense with 10 first-half points while Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) added eight.

Dartmouth heads back to the friendly-confines of Leede Arena for next weekend's Ivy matchups with Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs travel to Hanover for a Friday night contest while Brown makes the trip on Saturday. Both games will tipoff at 7 p.m. and Friday's matchup with Yale will be the annual "Play4Kay" Pink Game.

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The officiating crew used pink whistles in honor of the "Play4Kay weekend ... Abbey Schmitt posted her third consecutive game in double figures, which is her longest streak of the season ... Each Dartmouth player that dressed saw action in the contest.