NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team fell to Yale, 58-44 in the final road contest of the season at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut.
With the loss, the Big Green fall to 7-18 overall, 2-10 in Ivy League play, while the Bulldogs improve to 14-11 overall, 5-7 in conference play.
Junior Kate Letkewicz led the Big Green with 17 points, while Olivia Smith scored 12 and also collected eight rebounds in a solid performance for the Yarmouth, Maine native. On the other end of the floor, Jen Berkowitz and Meghan McIntyre led Yale with a team-high 12 points, while Lena Munzer added 11.
“We really had a hard start and we knew Yale has a lot to play for right now,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Women's Basketball. “They’re playing for the fourth in the league standings and it was their senior night, they had a lot of added motivation. We said we have to rise above all that and bring even more energy and effort. We didn’t do that for 40 minutes tonight. We brought it in the second half and won the second half by two.”
Yale came out the gates strong on its home floor where three Bulldog seniors were honored prior to the opening tip. Yale jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead in the game’s first six minutes’ thanks in part to solid shooting from the field as well as beyond the arc. The Big Green responded with a short 5-0 run of its own after a jumper by Smith and layup from Quiñones.
The Bulldogs continued to shot the ball well in the second, especially from three-point range as Yale hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc to cap off another 11-0 run. Just before the halftime buzzer Andi Norman and Letkewicz also drained threes, giving Dartmouth life before the start of the third.
The Big Green came out of the halftime break with the start they needed to stay in the ball game. Fanni Szabo and Letkewicz sparked an 8-3 run, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 10 points. By the end of the quarter, Dartmouth trailed 38-27 after trailing by as much as 20 points earlier in the contest.
Letkewicz cut the deficit to just seven points with a three midway through the fourth. The Big Green stayed within seven points of Yale’s lead up until the three-minute mark when McIntyre buried a long three-pointer. In the final minutes, the Bulldogs were able to sink their free throw opportunities to seal their third consecutive victory in the home stretch of the Ancient Eight season.
Dartmouth will wrap up the 2016-17 season next weekend when the Big Green host Penn on Friday and Princeton on Senior Day. Both games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Brett Franklin and Jill Glessner on the call.