DURHAM, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team concluded the 2016 calendar year with a 64-47 loss to Granite State rival New Hampshire, in Durham on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Big Green fall to 5-8, while the Wildcats improve to 10-3.
In the final nonconference game of the regular season, Dartmouth did not get the result it hoped for before the start of conference play next weekend at Harvard. Sophomore Ice Quinones had another solid performance for the Big Green with 14 points and seven rebounds. Dartmouth’s bench contributed 14 points as six members of the Big Green saw time on the floor in relief.
“Got to give UNH credit, they were prepared to play,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Women's Basketball. “We finally adjusted in the third quarter and Ice did a really nice job guarding Kat Fogarty in the third. UNH is a very well coached team and they always play hard, that’s what I respect the most about them. They are skilled, make shots and disrupt you on offense. We’ve been having a hard time starting games this season, but we’ve been able to coach the team out of it.”
UNH jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with a 19-2 run that spanned more than four minutes. Down 26-9 to start the second, the Big Green responded with a 9-0 run of their own to cut the Wildcats lead to 10 points, which was highlighted by a Fanni Szabo three-pointer.
However, UNH continued to shoot well from the field, building a 40-20 lead before the halftime break. On defense, Dartmouth had its hands full with the Wildcats’ Kat Fogarty, who scored 20 of her 23 points in the first half alone.
The Big Green needed a quick start in the second half to climb back into the contest, but was only able to outscore UNH 10-7 by the end of the quarter. Cy Lippold brought Dartmouth within 14 points of the Wildcats’ lead with a three pointer to start the fourth, but UNH was able to pull away on a 9-0 run to seal its 10th victory of the season.
“Any time we started to change the momentum, UNH came up with a shot and they made the plays they needed to make all throughout the game,” Koclanes said. “They have multiple weapons across the board, but then again so do we. We’re a better team than we showed today, but you have to give UNH a lot of credit. They are a very talented team.”
Dartmouth returns to action in the new year on January 7th when the Big Green travel to Cambridge to open Ivy League play with the Crimson. Tip off from Lavietes Pavilion is at 2 p.m. and the game can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers.