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Date: Feb. 8, 2014 | Time: 6 PM | Venue: Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center (2,800) | Location: Providence, R.I.
Two weeks into Ivy play, Dartmouth is looking for its first league win as they will make the snowy trek to Connecticut and Rhode Island this weekend.
•Dartmouth will conclude its longest road swing of the season, this weekend, when they head to Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday, receptively.
• Last weekend, the Big Green dropped both games to Penn (71-53) and Princeton (76-53), but played each time tight. Against both teams, Dartmouth played a tight first-half, but defensive changes and high shooting percentages, allowed the opposition to pull away.
•Yale is looking for its 10th win of the season and legue-leading fourth Ivy win. Led by Sarah Halejian and Janna Graf, the Bulldogs are averaging 66.8 points overall and 68.8 points in league play.
• Brown saw early success in 2013, rattling off six wins before league play began. Lauren Clarke sits atop the Ivies in scoring at 17.1 per contest. Sophie Bikofsky leads the NCAA in three-point percentage at 51%. Bikofsky averages 3.33 triples per game.
• Dartmouth has a combined 101 victories against Yale and Brown, which began in 1974. The Big Green have only dropped 44 meetings versus the I-95 travel partners.
THE LONGEST POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
Traditionalists 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 3
Last week saw a few upsets that changed the dynamic of the league standings as we head into the third week of play. In a three-way tie for first sit Harvard, Cornell and Yale. Games of note this week include Penn at Cornell on Friday, as both sides are looking to remain in the upper echelon of the league. On Saturday, Harvard and Yale will clash, with the winner, barring a loss on Friday, picking up its fifth Ancient 8 win.
ALL-TIME SERIES (YALE)
The 73rd meeting between the Big Green and Bulldogs will take place on Friday evening in New Haven, Conn. The Big Green hold a 51-21 advantage against the squad pressed up against the Long Island Sound. Yale has won the last seven of eight meetings over the Big Green, including a road split last season. After dropping five of the first seven meeting, Dartmouth won 21 of the next 23 meetings. In the 1980 season, Dartmouth defeatedYale in the only playoff matchup between both sides.
LAST SEASON RECAP AGAINST YALE
The road teams prevailed in this series last season, as Dartmouth won at the Lee Amphitheater and Yale won at Leede Arena. In the first game down in New Haven, one day short of a full calendar year, the Big Green took 30-15 lead at the half and won easily 63-48. Faziah Steen led the way with 19 points, but center Tia Dawson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds to aid her team. Nicola Zimmer added 13 points. Sarah Halejian led Yale with 15 points. In the second meeting, Yale finished with four players in double figures, led by Megan Vasquez with 15 points. Steen and Dawson were the top contributors once again for Dartmouth.
PENN MATCHUP: ZIMMER VS. HALEJIAN
The floor general will be a significant spot on Friday night, as two of the leagues top ball handlers will be on display with Zimmer and Halejian facing off for the first time this season. Zimmer has seen her point totals rise since league play began and now has scored in double figures in four of the last five games. Zimmer averaged 10.5 points last weekend against Penn and Princeton. Halejian on the other hand is fourth in the league in scoring at 14.9 per contest and has reached double figures in all but four games so far. Her season-high was 27 points in a one-point loss to Georgetown in December.
ALL-TIME SERIES (BROWN)
The 74th meeting between the Big Green and Bears will conclude this weekends set of games on Saturday evening in Providence. Just like the all-time series with Yale, Dartmouth holds a commanding 50-23 edge. As of late, Dartmouth has dropped four of the last six after winning the previous nine consecutive games. Both sides have met in five playoff games and met in the NCAA Play-In game, a Dartmouth loss in the 1994 season.
LAST SEASON RECAP AGAINST BROWN
Another pair of road wins split the season series for the Big Green and the Bears last season. In Providence, a low-scoring affair took place that saw Dartmouth lead by just three at the break and hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute for a 49-41 victory. Zimmer and Steen led the team with 11 points each and Dawson grabbed 11 caroms. Lauren Clarke led her team with 20 points.
BROWN MATCHUP: THE BENCH
A key statistic in women’s basketball is bench points. Taking a deep look at Dartmouth and Brown’s bench, will show that both teams have struggled to get significant scoring from their reserves lately. In last Saturday’s Ivy League games, Dartmouth freshman Katie Vareika snapped a nine-game streak in which she scored more than three points as the squads sixth-woman. In total, the Dartmouth bench averages 20.4 points per game of the 57.2 overall. Brown’s bench is less productive, as they have scored only 16.5 of the teams 64.9. Ellise Sharpe is the top reserve at 3.6 per game.
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 18 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. Since the NJIT game, Dartmouth has been without junior Nicole Beresford who will be out with an uncertain injury.
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 6.3 points and 5.1 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. Roland has notched double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and has been one of the best interior threats for the Big Green this season.
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.