Dartmouth Big Green (7-3) vs.
Holy Cross Crusaders (5-5)
Date: Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m.
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts – Hart Center
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to take on Holy Cross in a morning matchup on Wednesday, the last game before a short holiday break.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross is having an average season thus far with a 5-5 mark, 2-2 at home and 3-3 away. With wins over UMass Lowell, Rider, Bryant, Vermont and Rhode Island, the Crusaders have faced a handful of teams that Dartmouth has played thus far. Last time out taking down URI, 69-63, on the road, led by Lauren Manis who scored 19 points. Manis is averaging 19.0 points-per-game this season, leading the Crusader offense, with Infiniti Thomas-Waheed averaging 18.4.
LAST TIME AGAINST HOLY CROSS
In November of 2016, the Big Green played host to Holy Cross, and came out on top with a 53-49 win, led by Kate Letkewicz who posted 15 points and 10 rebounds. The game was close throughout, and the score tied eight times, as Dartmouth went into halftime with a two-point lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Annie McKenna hit a jumper to give the Big Green a four-point cushion and Isalys Quiñones helped extend the lead with a pair of free throws, putting the home team up 51-47 in the last minute. The two teams have faced off 14 times, Dartmouth holds a 9-5 advantage in the series and has won the last three meetings.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green faced their toughest opponent yet this season, No. 13 Ohio State, over the weekend in Ohio. Not only playing a top-25 team at home, but a team that includes one of the best scorers in the nation, Kelsey Mitchell, was a challenge for Dartmouth. It was the first meeting between the two teams and the Buckeyes were victorious in their home gym, 103-70. Letkewicz and Andi Norman shot 50 percent from three as a pair, and were aided by Cy Lippold and Emily Slagle to drop 16 three’s, Norman scored 23 and Letkewicz 22, but the home team was sent to the free throw line for 11 points and scored 38 points off turnovers to take the win.
Through the first 10 games of this season, the Big Green are in a better position than in the last three seasons at this point. In 2014, Dartmouth had a 5-5 record at the 10th game, was 2-8 in 2015 and 4-6 in 2016. With a 7-3 record and three non-conference games remaining, the Big Green have a chance to enter conference play with more wins than in 2016.
LEADING THE WAY
Lippold continues to lead the Dartmouth offense with 14.8 points-per-game, with Letkewicz averaging 14.2 and Quiñones 10.6, but the point guard is also leading in other categories. The East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania native is leading the team in assists with 49 and steals with 23, and is first in the conference in total assists. As a team, the Big Green is first in the Ivy League and seventh nationally in free-throw percentage with 79.8.
A RECORD YEAR
So far this season, Dartmouth has broken two losing streaks, and has changed some other records as well. The team has broken the 0-27 streak against the ACC after taking down Boston College, and last week broke the 0-5 mark against PAC 12 teams after beating Colorado. Against the Buckeyes last Friday, the four players who combined for 16 three-point field goals made set a new record for most three’s made in a single game. Letkewicz is also continuing to climb in the all-time record lists, currently sixth all-time in three’s made and eighth in three’s attempted, she also entered the top-20 in rebounds this week with 511 so far. The senior is on pace to finish with at least 1,000 points, which would put her among the 17 best scorers in Dartmouth women’s basketball history, she currently has 879.
ONLY TWO REMAIN
Following Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross, the Big Green have two non-conference games remaining to end the 2017 calendar year. On Saturday, December 30, Dartmouth will take on Albany, and then face Binghamton on the 31st, both games will be played in New York.
WATCH THE ACTION
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network and there will be live stats provided by GoHolyCross.com. Be sure to follow @DartmouthWBB for live Twitter updates throughout the game as well.