BOULDER, Colo. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team traveled to the Rocky Mountains for a Monday night matchup against Colorado and came out victorious with an 81-75 win.
The win moves the Big Green to 7-2, while the Buffaloes move to the same mark, 7-2, on the season. It is the first program win over a PAC 12 team, and also the team's second win over a Power 5 team this year, after defeating Boston College earlier this season.
“In the locker room, we talked about reaching new heights, being out here in Colorado and raising our level as a team to reach a new height, and we were able to do that today. I’m most proud of the growth that was displayed, we took better care of the basketball today, we stayed composed all throughout the game, through the runs and we were able to execute down the stretch, it was a total team effort.”
Getting started in the first quarter, the Big Green took a 5-0 lead to get its momentum, and the home team quickly got on the board but the Green and White held a lead all the way until the last 30 seconds of the first quarter, when Janea Bunn put in a layup to take a one-point lead. Ending the first quarter only down by one, Dartmouth fought back in the second period to regain and maintain control.
Junior Kealy Brown opened up the second period with a three in the first 10 seconds and the Big Green held a three-point with eight minutes left in the second, trading baskets with the Buffaloes and tying it up with five minutes until halftime. Colorado went on a 9-3 run in the end of the second and held the six-point lead into halftime, 40-34.
Coming out after halftime, Lippold sank a basket to open up the third, as the Big Green fought to catch up to the Buffaloes. While Dartmouth only came within three points of tying it up in the last 58 seconds of the period, ending the third 59-52 with a Colorado lead.
The fourth period was a challenge for both teams, but the Big Green outscored the Buffaloes 26-19 in the last 10 minutes of play.
Down by seven entering the fourth, Lippold cut the lead to five with a jumper with 8:31 left on the clock. Fouls were plaguing the Big Green’s attempt to get back in front, Colorado was sent to the line 13 times, making 11 free throws to keep the home team in the game.
With a four-point lead in the last minute of play, Letkewicz, Lippold and Quiñones combined for nine free throws to put Dartmouth over the hump, and secure the win with 0:01 left on the clock.
The Big Green were back in usual form from the free throw line tonight, shooting 89.5 percent from the charity stripe, 43.3 percent from field goal range and 28.6 percent from three. Colorado freshman Annika Jank scored a new career-high 26 points herself, but her effort was not enough to put the home team ahead in the end.
Dartmouth will continue its road trip, traveling to face No. 13 Ohio State on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.