(10-5, 0-1 Ivy)
Date: Jan. 31, 2014 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: The Palestra (8,722) | Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
(10-5, 1-0 Ivy)
Date: Feb. 1, 2014 | Time: 6 PM | Venue: Jadwin Gym (6,854) | Location: Princeton N.J.
The Big Green head into their first full Ivy Weekend of the season, as they travel to Penn and Princeton, beginning on Friday evening at the historic Palestra. The Green will then make a short trek up north to meet Princeton on Saturday.
•The Big Green are currently in the midst of a six-game road swing that will send the squad to the southern most points in the League, as they will meet Penn and Princeton this weekend. So far, Dartmouth is 1-1 on the trip after defeating NJIT on Jan. 18. The Green and White won’t return to Leede Arena until Valentine’s Day when they meet Cornell.
• Dartmouth has struggled on the road this season with a 1-7 record. Offensively, the team has scored just 54.8 points and allowed 71.6. Freshman Fanni Szabo leads the team with 12.0 points per game, while sophomore Lakin Roland is second at 11.0. On the glass, the Big Green are being out rebounded by a minimal margin (-3.2), but have secured 202 offensive caroms.
• Penn is tied for the best overall record in the Ivy League, with 10 overall wins, five on the road and at home. The Quakers are looking to extend their last two wins into a three-game streak, having previously defeated Temple and NJIT.
• The pride of the Ancient 8 over the past four seasons, to Tigers, like the Quakers have ten overall wins, but have performed better on the road due to scheduling. Princeton is 3-1 at Jadwin Gym and 7-4 on the road. The Tigers have been off since Jan. 11, when they defeated Penn, 84-53.
THE LONGEST POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
Traditionalist will not define the Ivy League as a 14-game playoff or even as a tournament within a season. Simply put, 14 games to determine who will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. There will be no fanfare of neutral site tailgates or any host hotels or establishments, if a ‘playoff’ is needed, it will be played at an in-league neutral site court.
IVY LEAGUE WEEK 2
Eight games will be played this weekend as the Ivy League is in full force. On Friday, a battle atop the league’s pre-season poll features Harvard meeting Princeton. Yale and Columbia are both looking for its second win, while Dartmouth and Brown are looking for its first wins. We’ll switch the calendar on Saturday to February and find the Big Green meeting former assistant and alumn Courtney Banghart. Harvard and Penn will meet, while Yale travels to Cornell and Brown battles Columbia.
ALL-TIME SERIES (PENN)
The 70th meeting between the Big Green and Quakers is set for Friday evening. The Big Green hold a 42-27 edge over the team from the city of Brotherly Love. Dartmouth is looking to snap a five-game losing streak over the Quakers after winning 11 of the last 13. Dartmouth began the series, picking up 19 wins in 23 tries. In three post-season meetings, the Big Green is 2-1.
LAST SEASON RECAP AGAINST PENN
The Quakers outscored the Big Green by 33 points, picking up a 63-40 win on February 16 and then a 55-45 decision on Mar. 1. Keiera Ray led the Quakers with 16 points per game and Brianna Bradford scored a game-high 17 points in the final contest of the series. Kara Bonenberger averaged 10 rebounds in both games, with a game-high 15 on Mar. 1. On the Dartmouth side, junior Abbey Schmitt averaged eight points and senior Nicola Zimmer had a team-high 16 points in the 55-45 loss.
PENN MATCHUP: SZABO VS. BARON
A primetime battle of two sharpshooting guards will battle under the lights at the Palestra on Friday evening as Dartmouth’s top scorer Fanni Szabo will be matched up with Penn’s Alyssa Baron. Szabo has tailed off a bit in the new calendar year, after scoring a career-high 34 points in the final meeting of 2013 against UMass at the Blue Sky Classic. At 16.5 points per game, Szabo ranks first in the league, just .1 points ahead of Lauren Clarke of Brown and Christine Clark of Harvard. Baron is ninth in the league at 13.1 per game and has scored 20 or more points twice this season in non-league games against Buckell (22) and Temple (21).
ALL-TIME SERIES (PRINCETON)
The 71st meeting between the Big Green and Tigers will take place on Saturday evening, or to sports fans as Super Bowl Eve. The Big Green hold a 43-27 lead over the Tigers, but are looking for their first win since 2009. Princeton has swept the Big Green the past four seasons. At one point, Dartmouth held a commanding 43-19 lead after putting together a 22-6 advantage through the mid-90’s.
LAST SEASON RECAP AGAINST PRINCETON
Princeton took both meetings last season, defeating the Big Green 77-65 and 68-60. Niveen Rasheed led Princeton with 46 overall points in two games. Megan Bowen averaged 14 points for the Tigers. Zimmer averaged 15 points in both games Sophomore Lakin Roland scored a career-high 20 points in the eight-point defeat on Mar. 2.
PRINCETON MATCHUP: ZIMMER VS. DIETRICK
In her final season in the Upper Valley, Zimmer missed portions of the first two months due to mono. Her season began just like anyone would wish, scoring in double figures in back-to-back games, but that all changed when she missed seven games from November through the end of December. All is well now for the co-captain who has emerged as a scoring threat, finishing in double figures in two of the last three games and barely missed that plateau in the middle session when she finished with nine against NJIT. On the other side of the court, Dietrick leads her squad with 15.4 points per game. Princeton has two other player in double figures, but has the most depth in the league, with three more players averaging seven or more points per game. Kristen Helmstetter leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 per contest and sits second in scoring at 12.3.
SZABO CLAIMS HER SECOND IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONOR
Fanni Szabo added her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high 33 points in a home loss to Providence. Szabo started out slow, scoring seven points in the opening frame, but exploded out of the gate in the second half with 26 points on 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the outside. Szabo also added six steals, three rebounds and two assists to her game accolades.
IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Fanni Szabo was named the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season after scoring 21 points in her collegiate debut against Holy Cross.
Szabo has led the team offensively in nine of the 16 games so far this season and continues to push her team. Her career-high of 34 points capped a 76-72 victory for the team against UMass in the Blue Sky Classic. In the squad’s other win this season, Szabo netted 31 in her home debut against Vermont. Through 16 games this season, Szabo has scored 264 points, while averaging 16.5 points per game. She has eclipsed the 20+-point plateau on six occasions this season with three games in the 30+ region. Szabo has failed to reach double-digits four times this season, all losses.
INJURY BUG HURTING GREEN
The Big Green have yet to have a game this season, where all 17 members have been healthy enough to dress. The team has gone through stretches where at least one member of the opening night starting lineup has been scratched due to an injury or illness. The team went through a three-game stretch in December where three of the five were inactive. Senior Nicola Zimmer missed seven games due to Mono, as did junior Milica Toskovic who needed four games rest from the same illness. Junior Tia Dawson sat four games with a concussion and will now miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury she sustained after returning from her initial injury. The team has yet to see sophomores Kasey Crockett and Lauren Taiclet return from injuries sustained from last season. Sophomore Daisy Jordan also began the season on IR and missed the first eight games with a knee issue, but returned to full active duty against DePaul. Classmate Sofia Roman has also returned from an in-season injury sustained during practice at Syracuse which inactivated her for three games.
OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
SECOND CITY GAL
Junior Abbey Schmitt had a great first season with the big Green in 12-13 after sitting out her freshman campaign with a knee injury, as the Winnetka, Ill. native was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times. As a junior, Schmitt transitioned into a center and is averaging 6.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. In the Green’s home defeat against Albany, Schmitt registered her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Schmitt and the Big Green will make a special appearance in her hometown for a pair of games before the holiday break, against DePaul and Loyola Chicago. Against DePaul, Schmitt scored 10 points and had four rebounds. Against Loyola, she had six points, five rebound and one steal.
IT’S THE LAKE SHOW WITH LAKIN ROLAND
Sophomore Lakin Roland impressed the new coaching staff during training camp and has jumped in to the starting power forward spot. Roland is second in scoring, averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. At 6-0, Roland will need to use her size and ability on the glass to help her team on both ends of the court. Roland has also been a tremendous help on the defensive side and has taken five defensive charges so far. During the Chicago trip, Roland nearly averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and nine rebounds. She notched her first double-double against Loyola with 10 points and 12 rebounds. In the next game at home against La Salle, she claimed her second with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Roland finished the Blue Sky Classic with 11 points and six rebounds and was one of two Big Green members on the All-Classic squad. Over the past five games, she has scored in double figures in each game with two double-doubles in consecutive appearances. In total, she has notched double figures in seven games and tallied nine points twice.
IT’S TIA’S BLOCK PARTY SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANTS
Tia Dawson tied her career record with six blocks against Vermont early in the season, but has missed the past three games with a concussion. When healthy, Dawson is the squad’s best interior defender with the ability to go one-on-one inside the paint.
Szabo has made quite a name for herself in her native Hungary. Szabo has been named to multiple All-Tournament teams and has taken the stage in many important games for her country, including an exhibition against Team USA in 2011. Szabo scored four points in the game that featured current WNBA stars Cappie Pondexter, Brittney Griner and Tina Charles.
The Big Green were chosen fifth in the 2013-14 Ivy League preseason poll, that was conducted by various media outlets within the eight institutions and one national media member.
TUTTO IN FAMIGLIA (All in the Family)
After being hired by Dartmouth, Koclanes searched for a staff that would complement her coaching style. Former Navy assistant Maria Noucas was tabbed as the top-assistant, after battling Koclanes the past few seasons in the Patriot League. Koclanes’ next option was to find someone who understands the ins and outs of the Ivy League. Enter the 2011 Ivy Player of the Year Addie Micir, a Princeton graduate. Micir is a smart, energetic fresh mind that just finished two seasons overseas in Europe. Her most recent team was Challenge Sports Binnenland in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The final position on the staff went to Koclanes’ former student-manager at ODU Michael Motta. The youngest member on staff, Mottaspent last season with Providence as a graduate assistant coach.
TOUGH SCHEDULE = GOOD RPI
The schedule will feature six teams that played in the post-season last year, includig three from the Ivy League. Dartmouth will square off against four teams from the America East Conference (Albany, Hartford, New Hampshire and Vermont) and two teams from the Big East (DePaul and Providence), Atlantic-10 (La Salle and UMass) and Patriot League (American and Holy Cross). The Big Green will also face single foes from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Syracuse), Northeast Conference (Bryant) and Independent (NJIT).
WELCOME TO HANOVER
Dartmouth will play the most home non-conference games at Leede Arena since the 1992-93 season, when they hosted eight teams. In total this season, the Big Green will welcome 15 different schools to Hanover, but only 14 will face the Green. Binghamton is the only team to not face Dartmouth, as they are the third team in the Blue Sky Classic.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Dartmouth Athletics, in partnership with NeuLion, announced the launch of the brand new Ivy League Digital Network, featuring enhanced live video streaming of all home games and extensive coverage of Big Green road contests against Ivy League foes.
Starting with the 2013-14 season, the completely redesigned Dartmouth channel — known as Big Green Insider — will include an easy-to-navigate interface with a league-wide network schedule and new interactive features that showcase the expanded content offerings available on computer, mobile and tablet devices, all without the use of an app.
FREE LIVE AUDIO
This season 24 of the 28 games will be streamed with free live audio on Dartmouthsports.com and the Ivy League Digital Network. Brett Franklin will have the call beginning with a live 15-minute pre-game show where he will be joined by an assistant coach and player and then an extensive postgame show with head coach Belle Koclanes. During select road games this season, assistant SID Nick Guerriero will join Franklin to help breakdown the game and give the inside scoop on Dartmouth women’s basketball.
THE BRETT FRANKLIN SHOW W/ BELLE KOCLANES
Inspired by former Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry; Belle Koclanes is following in her footsteps with her own radio talk show segments. Koclanes joins WTSL 94.3FM/1400-AM and WTSV 1230-AM host Brett Franklin every Tuesday evening from 5:30-5:45 p.m. An archive of the weekly segment can be heard on Dartmouthsports.com the following day.
FOLLOW THE BIG GREEN
Interested in the Big Green on social media or looking for in-game updates? Then follow the official twitter account @Dartmouth_WBB. Head coach Belle Koclanes is also on twitter @coachbelleko. Assistant coaches Maria Noucas and Addie Micir can be followed at @mnoucas and @amicker23. Director of Basketball Operations Michael Motta can be searched under @michael_motta. The official FB page is www.facebook.com/DartmouthWomensbasketball.