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Women's Basketball Travels to Cornell, Columbia For Season Finale

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Kamala Thompson and the Big Green will look to close the season with wins over Cornell and...     By Mark Washburn

The Dartmouth women's basketball team will hit the road one last time this weekend when they travel to Cornell and Columbia to close out the 2012-13 season. The Big Green will take on the Big Red on Friday at 7 p.m., and close the season at Columbia on Saturday.

Game 27: Dartmouth (6-20, 4-8 Ivy League) at Cornell (12-14, 4-8 Ivy League)
Friday, March 8 (7:00 p.m.)
Ithaca, N.Y. (Newman Center)
Dartmouth leads, 54-14
Cornell has won one

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Game 28: Dartmouth (6-20, 4-8 Ivy League) at Columbia (4-21, 2-9 Ivy League)
Saturday, March 9 (7:00 p.m.)
New York, N.Y. (Levien Gym)
Dartmouth leads, 48-10
Dartmouth has won four

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Starting Five
1. Dartmouth is looking to snap its current seven-game win streak when its travels to Cornell and Columbia this weekend. With two wins the Big Green, will earn six league victories for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when they also reached six wins.

2. The Big Green can earn their second consecutive sweep of Columbia with a win over the Lions on Saturday. Columbia was the only team Dartmouth earned a sweep of last season.

3. The Big Green are seeking a little revenge against Cornell. The teams met in Hanover on Tuesday night with the Big Red earning a 53-45 win over Dartmouth in the final three minutes. Dartmouth is looking for its first road win in Ithaca since 2009-10. The win would give Dartmouth and Cornell a split for the third straight season.

4. Rookie Lakin Roland picked up her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after posting 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Big Green's heartbreaking 68-60 loss to Princeton on Saturday. She is the first player to score 20 points this season and joins Abbey Schmitt as the two players to earn double-doubles in their first career starts.

5. Dartmouth is looking for a strong finish to the season. With two games left on the schedule, should the Big Green win out, they have a chance to end the season with six Ivy League wins and more than six overall wins since 2009-10.  

Dartmouth vs. Cornell Notables
-Friday's meeting will be the 69th meeting between Dartmouth and Cornell. The teams met just four days ago in Hanover with the Big Red taking the win. The teams enter the weekend's matchup with identical records of 4-8 and playing for fifth place in the league standings.

-The Cornell game will feature a matchup of high school teammates Faziah Steen and Spencer Lane. The seniors prepped together at Detroit Country Day. Harvard's Emma Golen was also a teammate at the Detroit area school.

Dartmouth vs. Columbia Notables
-Saturday's meeting will be the 59th meeting between Dartmouth and Columbia. The Big Green own a 48-10 series advantage and have won the last four meetings between the teams. Columbia last defeated Dartmouth during the 2010-11 season.

-The Columbia game will serve as a Homecoming for New York natives, Kamala Thompson (Selden, N.Y.) and Sofia Roman (White Plains, N.Y.). Both prepped in the New York City area and will have lots of friends and family in the stands. 

A Win Would ...
1. Give Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus her 394th 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 Dartmouth's current seven-game losing streak and give Dartmouth a season split with the Big Red. Two wins would give the Big Green a sweep of Columbia for the second consecutive season.

3. Give the Big Green its fifth Ivy League win this season, the most wins in league action since 2009-10, when Dartmouth had six league wins.  

Scouting Cornell
Cornell enters Friday's game with a 12-14, 4-8 Ivy League record after defeating Dartmouth, 53-45, on Tuesday in Leede Arena. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cornell. Allyson DiMagno leads the offense with a team-best 14.1 points per game and is joined in double figures by teammate Clare Fitzpatrick with 12.5 points. DiMagno also leads the defense with 11.4 rebounds per game, a number that jumps to 12.1 against Ivy League opposition. Head coach Dayna Smith is in her 11th season.

Scouting Columbia
Columbia enters Saturday's contest with a 4-21, 2-9 Ivy League record after earning a season sweep of Brown with a 58-55 win in Providence, R.I., on March 2. The win snapped a four game losing streak for the Lions. Tyler Simpson leads the offense with 10.2 points per game as the only Lions player in double figures.  Brittany Simmons and Miwa Tachibana are the next leading scorers with 6.1 points per game. Simmons leads the way on the glass with 4.9 rebounds per game. Head coach Paul Nixon is in his eighth year.