Dartmouth Big Green (7-2) vs.
No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2)
Date: Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
Location: Columbus, Ohio – Schottenstein Center
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team heads to Columbus, Ohio for the second of a five-game road stint, to face its first ranked opponent of the season, No. 13 Ohio State
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is having a record season, 9-2 so far, with wins over Florida, Maine and Stanford to name a few. Most recently taking down the Gators last Wednesday, December 6, when senior Kelsey Mitchell became the all-time leading scorer in Buckeye history, her 30 points against Florida put her at 2,840 career points. Mitchell is leading the offense this season with a 26.1 points-per-game average, with Stephanie Mavunga averaging 15.9 and Linnae Harper posting a 15.5 average. The team is 5-1 at home and the two losses so far were to Louisville and Duke.
FIRST MATCHUP EVER
This will be the first time that Dartmouth and Ohio State women’s basketball face off. The Big Green have faced other Ohio teams, such as Ohio University and Cincinnati, but the Buckeyes have never taken on any teams from New Hampshire.
LAST TIME OUT
Earlier this week, on Monday night, Dartmouth won its first-ever game over a PAC 12 opponent, taking down Colorado, 81-75. Junior Cy Lippold posted a new career-high 24 points against the Buffaloes, paired with seven assists and three steals to lead the Big Green to victory. Both teams battled through three periods but the game came down to the wire in the last minute of play. The Big Green had a four-point lead going into the last 60 seconds, as Colorado fought back, trying to tie it up. Nine made free throws from the road team helped put Dartmouth over the hump and make it a two-possession lead in the last 25 seconds and end with the six-point win.
FREE POINT ADVANTAGE
After slipping slightly against New Hampshire last week, the Big Green returned to the form seen so far this season at the free throw line. With 91 of 114 foul shots made, Dartmouth is sixth in the nation in free throw shooting percentage, boasting a 79.8 percentage through its nine games so far.
REWRITING THE RECORDS
This season has not only been more successful in the non-conference schedule than in recent years, but the team has gathered wins that stand out more than normal. The November win over Boston College was the program’s first win over BC, and also the first win over an ACC team. After beating UNH for the first time in seven years, and falling to Maine at home, the Big Green went out west to grab the first win over Colorado and first-ever win over a PAC 12 team. Entering this season, Dartmouth was 0-27 against the ACC and 0-5 against the PAC 12, breaking both of those losing streaks before January shows that this team is playing hard and going on to the court to win.
IVY LEAGUE STRENGTH
So far this season, the conference has four wins over Power 5 teams, including the two Big Green wins. In the current standings, Brown is in first place with a 9-1 record, and Dartmouth has been in the No. 2 spot for the past two weeks behind the Bears, and ahead of reigning conference champion Princeton, who is currently 6-3.
Friday night’s game will not be broadcast for television, but there will be a radio broadcast through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, who will also have live stats during the game.
The Big Green will get a couple of days off following the game at Ohio State, heading back to Hanover for the end of the weekend before traveling to Worcester, Massachusetts to take on Holy Cross Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m.