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Women's Basketball Comeback Attempt Too Late In Loss to Penn

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Nicola Zimmer had a team-best 16 points in Dartmouth's loss to Penn on Friday night.      By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's basketball team cut Penn's 12-point lead to seven points in the final 2:56 of action, but couldn't get any closer as they dropped a 55-45 contest to the Quakers on Friday (March 1) night.

Trailing by 12 with 4:48 left, the Big Green used an old-fashioned three-point play from Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.)  which sparked a 5-0 Big Green run that got the lead to just seven points, but Penn closed the game on a 9-2 run, all from the charity stripe, to put the game out of reach.

Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.) led the way for Dartmouth (6-18, 4-6 Ivy League) with 16 points while Roland added 10 points for her second career game in double figures. Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.) posted a team-best 10 rebounds while Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) had a game-high four blocks. For the third time in the last four games, the Big Green had a better shooting percentage than their opponent as they shot 32.7 percent (16-of-49) to Penn's 30.4 percent (17-of-56). 

Out of the halftime break, Roland went to work on both ends. She scored a crucial basket as Dartmouth used a 4-0 spurt to cut Penn's lead to just two points, 23-21, with just two minutes off the clock.

Penn wouldn't be denied, and after nailing just one triple in the first half, hit four second-half triples, including three from Brianna Bradford, as they extended their lead to 36-26 at the 13:26 mark.

Dartmouth started to chip away at the lead and with back-to-back buzzer beaters, cut the lead to seven points, but that was as close as the Big Green would get for the remainder of the contest.

There wasn't a whole lot of scoring in the opening minutes of the contest as the Big Green held a slim, 4-2, lead at the first media timeout with points from Zimmer and Schmitt.

The game featured quite a bit of back-and-forth in the first half with neither team taking more than a two-point lead for the majority of the half. Penn pulled away late in the half and with two buckets in the final 1:55 took a 20-16 lead into the halftime break.

Despite the low score, Dartmouth shot 33 percent (7-of-12) in the first frame, and had two triples while Penn held a slim, 20-18, rebounding advantage. Zimmer led the Big Green scorers with eight points while Schmitt had a game-high six rebounds. 

The Big Green will celebrate Senior Day and Alumni Weekend on Saturday when they take on Princeton. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Dartmouth will honor senior Faziah Steen in a pregame ceremony.

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Dartmouth moves to 42-27 all-time in the series and has been swept by Penn each of the last two seasons ... Zimmer was in double figures for the seventh time this season ... Schmitt's 10 rebounds marked her sixth game with double-figure rebounds this season.