KINGSTON, R.I. – For the first time this season, four members of the Dartmouth women’s basketball team ended the night in double-figures in scoring, as the Big Green defeated Rhode Island, 62-52, at the Ryan Center in Kingston on Sunday evening.
With the win, Dartmouth improves to 4-6, while the Rams drop to 4-8.
In one of the Big Green’s best offensive performances of the season, junior Olivia Smith tied her career-high with 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the double-double. Sophomore Isalys Quiñones also added 16 points and earned a double-double with her 11 boards. Senior Fanni Szabo contributed 15 points off the bench for Dartmouth and Andi Norman added 10 points in the 38 minutes of action she saw on Sunday.
“This is what this team is capable of,” Belle Koclanes, Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach said. “We have so many pieces and great talent in the room. Four players ended the day in double digits and Fanni and Emily Slagle were the two sparks coming off the bench for us with the significant minutes they played. We fouled less today, which was a big deal and we’re capable of scoring like this with the multiple options we have this year.”
The Big Green showed up to play in the third quarter where Dartmouth was able to hang close with Rhode Island, tying the game twice. The Big Green were able to take control in the fourth thanks to a 13-0 run that spanned over two minutes, highlighted by two three-pointers by Szabo and a trey by Norman.
Dartmouth kept the pressure on the Rams defensively late in the game, but with less than a minute to play, Rhode Island hit a three to cut the Big Green’s lead to eight. As the clock ticked down to 20 seconds, Quinones stepped in front of a Ram's pass for the steal and was fouled immediately. The Chula Vista, California native hit both of her foul shots to ice the game and cap off her team’s fourth victory of the season.
“We’ve been talking about displace, especially against this good Rhode Island team,” Koclanes said. “We need to stay grounded and box them out. Every game you learn from your opponents and we’re going to see the fruits of our labor as we continue to progress.”
Dartmouth did not find the start it was looking for in the first, as the Big Green found themselves down 17-10 early. Rhode Island was able to capitalize in the second unleashing a 15-0 run that spanned over six minutes of game time. Dartmouth did not back down as the Big Green began to claw their way back in the second stanza.
At around the seven-minute mark in the second, Smith was fouled going for a layup and completed the three-point play to break up the Rams momentum. Dartmouth found its shooting stride and came storming back with a 15-0 run of its own, which was capped off by a Szabo three. After their lead was trimmed to just a point, the Rams got some separation before the horn to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room at the half, before the Big Green’s second half comeback.
Dartmouth returns to the court on Wednesday when the Green travel to the ACC’s Boston College at 11 a.m. for the final game of the season before the holiday break.