Dartmouth Big Green, (4-7, 0-0 Ivy League) vs.
Albany Great Danes (6-6, 0-0 America East)
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena
All time series: Tied, 2-2
Dartmouth Big Green, (4-7, 0-0 Ivy League) vs.
New Hampshire Wildcats, (8-3, 0-0 America East)
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Location: Durham, N.H. – Lundholm Gymnasium
All time series: Wildcats lead 23-16
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team will conclude the nonconference portion of its schedule with Albany on Thursday night before traveling to New Hampshire on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
Albany heads into Thursday’s game with an impressive undefeated record at home, but the Great Danes have struggled on the road. Albany is just 1-6 away from SEFCU Arena, with its lone win coming at Wagner in a 75-50 decision. Most recently the Great Danes fell to St. Bonaventure, 67-59, which snapped Albany’s three-game win streak. The Great Dane’s are led by their leading scorer, Imani Tate who averages 19.9 points per game. Albany also possess a scoring threat in Jessica Fequiere, who pours in 12.5 points per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST ALBANY
The all-time series between these two programs is tied at two games apiece with the last meeting taking place on Dec. 4, 2013. In that game, despite a double-double by Abbey Schmitt, Dartmouth fell to the Great Danes, 81-59, in Leede Arena. Schmitt led the Big Green with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss while then freshman Fanni Szabo added a team-high 22 points.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
UNH heads into Saturday’s game having won three of its last four. Most recently the Wildcats defeated Central Connecticut State, 56-52 in Durham. UNH has fared well at home with a 5-1 record in Lundholm Gymnasium, but has struggled with Ivy League opponents, falling to Cornell to open the season before losing to Yale. The Wildcats have a trio of players who average double-digits in points, including the team’s leading scorer, Brittni Lai, who pours in 14.3 per game.
LAST TIME AGIANST UNH
On November 11, 2015, after outscoring New Hampshire for three quarters, Dartmouth fell, 61-57, in the team’s home opener. The Wildcats took home bragging rights in the Granite State rivalry, in a contest where the Big Green shot 43 percent from the field compared to UNH’s 45 percent. Daisy Jordan led Dartmouth with 13 points while Lakin Roland scored 11 points in the home loss.
LAST TIME OUT
On Dec. 21, 2016, the Big Green led at the half, but fell to Boston College, 65-53 at the Conte Forum. Dartmouth junior Kate Letkewicz led all scorers with her 20 points and finished the day just one rebound shy of the double-double. Isalys Quinones had a decent performance with eight points and six rebounds, while Szabo contributed all eight of the Big Green’s bench points.
LIVE FREE OR DIE
This will be the 40th meeting between Dartmouth and the Wildcats. UNH holds a 23-16 lead in the all-time series and has emerged victorious in the last six meetings.
Junior Olivia Smith has shown a lot of improvement as the Big Green navigate a challenging non-conference schedule. In Dartmouth’s loss to Marist, the Yarmouth, Maine native scored 14 points prior to tying her career-high of 16 points in the Big Green’s victory at Rhode Island. She also grabbed 15 rebounds in the victory over the Rams for her first career double-double.
NOT COLD AS ICE
Quiñones has performed well for Dartmouth in her new role as a starter. The 6-3 forward has started all eight games this season and recorded her first career double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the Big Green’s, 61-51, win to open the season. She averages 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
The Big Green’s lone senior, Szabo has been climbing on some of Dartmouth’s all-time records’ lists. With 1,102 career points, Szabo is in sole possession of 14th in the all-time scoring category. She is also sixth in both three-point field goals made and attempted.
LIVE FROM LEEDE
For the first time in recent years, Big Green basketball returns to the airwaves as each home game will be broadcast live on KOOL FM 93.9/96.3. Brett Franklin will serve as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster with Jill Glessner on color commentary.
PATH TO THE PALESTRA
The inaugural Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, 2017, at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The top four teams will earn berths in the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks.
Can’t make it to the games? Thursday’s game will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digitial Network for subscribers, while Saturday’s contest can be seen on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN for cable subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will provide a live stats link for both games and fans are also encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account @DartmouthWBB for live in-game updates.
The Big Green will open up Ivy League play with Harvard on Jan. 7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.