(9-17, 3-9 Ivy)
(13-11, 5-5 Ivy)
Date: Mar. 7, 2014 | Time: 7 PM | Venue: Leede Arena (2,200) | Location: Hanover, N.H.
The final two games of the 2013-14 season will commence this weekend in Hanover. The Big Green are looking to finish the season strong after winning two of their last three games.
•Dartmouth picked up its second Ivy League win on Friday in New York City when they scored a season-high 82 points with two players - Nicola Zimmer and Daisy Jordan - setting new career highs. Zimmer finished with 23 points on 6-of-9 from the floor and was perfect from the behind the arc and free throw line. Jordan scored 18 points and went 9-of-11 from the field in 26 minutes off the bench. Junior Abbey Schmitt had a season-best 15 points.
•Brown is looking to remain undefeated in the month of March, after they defeated Princeton last Saturday, 61-58. The Bears broke a 57-all tie with 1:09 remaining on a layup by Sophie Beutel. Seniors Lauren Clarke and Beutel scored 24 combined points to aid the team.
•Yale is hoping to finish the season at .500, with two games remaining. The Bulldogs will meet Harvard on Saturday evening. The Crimson are still in the hunt for the Ivy League Championship. Sarah Halejian leads the team with 15.9 points per game and is the lone double-digit scorer on the squad. A team with depth on the bench, Yale is averaging 65.9 points, while yielding 65.8 points.
• Prior to Saturday’s contest, Dartmouth Athletics will honor seniors Eve Zelinger and Zimmer for their four years of service and contributions to the Dartmouth women’s basketball team. Both seniors have served as co-captains this season and have been true leaders on and off the court.
ALL-TIME SERIES (YALE)
The 74th meeting between the Big Green and Bulldogs will take place on Friday evening in Hanover. The Big Green hold a 51-22 advantage against the squad pressed up against the Long Island Sound. Yale is looking for its first series sweep since the 2010-11 season. After dropping five of the first seven meetings, Dartmouth won 21 of the next 23 meetings. In the 1980 season, Dartmouth defeated Yale in the only playoff matchup between both sides.
FEB. 7 RECAP
Dartmouth suffered a tough loss at the hands of Yale, 86-52, at Lee Amphitheater. Freshman Fanni Szabo led the Big Green with 21 points. Senior Nicola Zimmer finished with nine points and sophomore Lakin Roland nearly completed a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds. Sarah Halejian led the Bulldogs with 16 points and Nyasha Sarju and Meghan McIntyre each added 10 points off the bench, respectively. Yale had all but one player score in the contest, as the bench contributed 42 of the 86 points. Dartmouth finished 32 percent from the field and 7-of-9 from the outside. Yale shot in the 50 percent range from both the field and outside, connecting on 30-of-56 from the floor with eight triples.
YALE MATCHUP: SZABO VS. HALEJIAN
In the first meeting, Szabo led the Big Green with 21 points on 7-of-16 from the floor with four three-pointers. Szabo also picked up a team-high five steals. Halejian had 16 points for the Bulldogs on 5-of-11 from the field. She also went 5-of-7 from the line with five rebounds and five assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES (BROWN)
The 75th meeting between the Big Green and Bears will conclude the season on Saturday evening. Just like the all-time series with Yale, Dartmouth holds a commanding 50-24 edge. As of late, Dartmouth has dropped five of the last seven 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.
FEB. 8 RECAP -
Strong shooting by Brown propelled the hosts to a 71-55 victory. Zimmer led the Green and White with 12 hard-earned points shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Sophomore Lakin Roland added 10 points and five rebounds and Szabo scored all eight points in the first, but was shut down in the second due to fouls. Bikofsky led the Bears with a game-high 14 points, followed by Lauren Clarke with 13 and Carly Wellington with 10 off the bench. Brown finished the game shooting 56 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers by the Big Green.
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. Dartmouth’s Daisy Jordan set a new career-high with 18 points against Columbia. Brown’s Sophie Beutel scored a season-best 12 points in the win over Princeton.
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.