(11-9, 3-3 Ivy)
(4-16, 1-5 Ivy)
Date: Feb. 15, 2014 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: Leede Arena (2,100) | Location: Hanover, N.H.
The Big Green return to Hanover after traveling over 2,000 miles during their grueling six-game road trip that took the team as far south as Philadelphia, as far East as Cambridge. The only state the team did not stop in during its journey is New York, where the Big Green will conclude their Ivy League road schedule at the end of the month.
•Dartmouth returns home after living life on the road the past six games going 1-5 during the stretch. The Big Green will conclude the season with six of the final eight games at Leede Arena.
•The Green and White are 2-6 at home this season, but have seen a drastic difference in offensive productivity, led by freshman Fanni Szabo at 21.0 per game. Senior Nicola Zimmer and sophomore Lakin Roland are both averaging over nine points per game.
•Cornell has seen some ups and downs over the past few seasons since winning the Ivy League Championship in 2008. So far this season, the Big Red are led by a pair of posts Allyson DiMagno and Nia Marshall. DiMagno leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Marshall is second in both categories with 12.7 points and 6.2 rebounds.
• Columbia is looking to potentially snap a six-game losing streak by the time they arrive in Hanover after meeting Harvard on Friday. Tori Oliver is the lone double figures leader for the Lions at 10.1 points per game. Three players are averaging nine points per game, but Columbia has struggled in the second half of games this season.
ALL-TIME SERIES (CORNELL)
The 70th meeting between the Big Green and Big Red will take the stage on Friday at Leede Arena, as Dartmouth looks to snap a two-game losing streak versus Cornell. Dartmouth holds a 54-15 advantage against its “Big” combatant. The first official meeting took place at the Ivy Tournament in 1977, when the Big Red advanced with a one-point victory, 50-49. Dartmouth won the next seven meetings with two games played in the tournament. The Big Green won 14 consecutive games during the late 1980’s. Cornell has won four of the last six, sweeping last season’s games by 12 and eight points.
Cornell took both tilts last season, 53-45 and 60-48. Allyson DiMagno averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds in the series for Cornell. In the opening meeting, Dartmouth took a 25-19 lead at the break, but Cornell outscored the Big Green, 34-20, in the second. Faziah Steen led the Green with 12 points. Lakin Roland pulled down 11 rebounds. In the following game three days later, DiMagno added 19 points and 12 rebounds as Cornell led wire-to-wire. Nicola Zimmer and Abbey Schmitt each had 11 for the Green.
2014 MATCHUP: SZABO VS. MARSHALL
A battle between the top rookies in the Ivy League will be on display Friday. Nia Marshall and Fanni Szabo were both named the most recent recipients of the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week. Marshall is averaging 12.7 points per contest and finished the weekend at 10.5 points per game. Marshall has notched 20 points on one occasion this season against Howard. Szabo averaged 14.5 points this weekend with 3.5 rebounds and six steals. On the season, Szabo is scoring an average of 15.4 points, but has struggled in league games.
ALL-TIME SERIES (COLUMBIA)
New York City meets Hanover, N.H. for the 60th time in league play on Saturday. Dartmouth won the first 13 games before dropping both contests in the 1991 season. Dartmouth is 3-0 in tournament games against the Lions and split the series last season, winning at home, but falling on the road.
Schmitt led the Big Green with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 62-52 win on Feb. 9. Steen and Tia Dawson also scored in double figures. In the next game, Miwa Tachibana scored 15 points for the Lions as Columbia trailed at the half, but outscored Dartmouth by 13 in the second for the 48-39 victory.
2014 MATCHUP: SCHMITT VS. WARD
Last season, Schmitt’s 17-and-12 performance aided her team to a home victory. This season, the Big Green have asked her to step up as a dominant force inside the paint. She has reached 10 points on five occasions thus far and had two double-digit rebounding games. Taylor Ward is third for Columbia in scoring at 9.1 per game and has led the team offensively in three games.
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.
ADD ANOTHER WEEKLY AWARD FOR SZABO
After scoring at least 20 points in five of her first eight games Szabo only had one 20-point game in her previous 10 contests, before breaking out with 21 against Yale. Szabo shot 43.8 percent from the field (7-of-16), including a season-best 80.0 percent from downtown (4-of-5). For the week, she averaged 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 assist. Against Brown, Szabo scored the game’s first basket and added six more points in the half, but was relegated to the bench for a majority of the second half due to early foul trouble.
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 10 of the 20 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 308 points, while averaging 15.4 points per game. She has eclipsed the 20+-point plateau on seven 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 6.1 points and 5.3 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 10.3 points and 5.9 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 12 of the last 14 games and has been one of the best interior threats for the Big Green this season.
TIA’S BLOCK PARTY CANCELLED UNTIL NEXT SEASON
Junior Tia Dawson was set to have a breakout season with the Big Green after setting a new high of six blocks in the home-opener against Vermont. Since then she has played in three more games with a four-game absence sandwiched in between. After returning for just one game against DePaul, where she scored four points but grabbed eight rebounds and helped the Big Green break the full court trap of the Blue Demons, Dawson went down with a season-ending ankle injury in warm-ups against Loyola. Her presence will be missed on the floor, as the team will now once again look for size inside.
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 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.
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.