GAME 16
Dartmouth Big Green (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) vs.
Brown Bears (13-2, 1-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena

 

GAME 17
Dartmouth Big Green (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (8-7, 1-1 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, January 27 at 5 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena

 

THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
This weekend continues conference play for the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, hosting Brown on Friday night and Yale on Saturday night.

 

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown enters the game with an 13-3 overall record and 1-1 in Ivy League action, currently third in the conference, one spot ahead of Dartmouth. Most recently the Bears took down Yale at home in overtime, 81-71, led by sophomore guard Justine Gaziano who scored 20 points. Gaziano is second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game, while junior guard Shayna Metha is leading the team with an 18.8 average. Brown is in the upper middle of the standings right now, with four players averaging double-digits and four weekly conference awards thus far, there is no doubt that the Bears have a solid team and might be seen in the Ivy League Tournament in March.

 

LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
Last February, the Big Green took down Brown in Providence in overtime, 92-88. Led by Andi Norman with 22 points, including five threes, while Kate Letkewicz and Olivia Smith both scored 15 points each. The game was close the entire time. Dartmouth’s largest lead was seven points in the end of the second quarter and the Bears’ largest was seven points in the middle of the first. Entering overtime tied at 77-77, the Big Green outscored the home team 15-11 to take the win. Smith was key in the final seconds of the game, hitting a jumper to take a two-point lead followed by a free throw to seal the win.

 

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale is currently 8-7, but will face Harvard in Cambridge on Friday night before traveling to Hanover for Saturday’s matchup. Most recently, the Bulldogs fell to Brown in overtime in Providence, 81-71. Senior guard Tamara Simpson is leading the Yale offense, averaging 16.3 points per game, with a shooting percentage of 42. Fellow senior Jen Berkowitz is right behind her with a 15.7 average, but a stronger shooting percentage, with 57.6.

 

LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
Dartmouth was unable to take down the Bulldogs last February in New Haven, falling 58-44 in the team’s final road game. Letkewicz led the Big Green with 17 points while Smith contributed 12, but the game was in Yale’s hands the entire time. Dartmouth never led and the Bulldogs led by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. In the second half, the Big Green came out stronger and won the last two periods by two points, but Yale held a seven-point lead going into the last three minutes of the game and last minute free throws took the win. The Big Green have not defeated the Bulldogs since February of 2016.

 

LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend, Dartmouth traveled to face Harvard for the second meeting this season and came out with the first conference loss of the year, falling to the Crimson 76-65. The Big Green had a challenge entering the second half, down by 10 points, and fought hard to catch up in the third quarter, but were unable to tie the game, as the home team led by as many as 14 points late in the third.

 

LEAGUE LINES
Dartmouth is only two games into conference play and the weeks ahead will be a battle between the Ancient Eight teams to figure out who is in the top-4, as the four best teams will play in the Ivy League Tournament in March. Aside from the standings, the league statistics have the Big Green at the top of the shooting categories for field goal shooting percentage (.429), three-point shooting percentage (.340) and free throw shooting percentage (.772). While not first in scoring offense, Dartmouth’s ability to shoot well in all categories will help down the stretch in Ivy League action.

 

IVYMADNESS
The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.

 

FOLLOW ALONG
For fans who can’t make it to Leede Arena this weekend to watch either matchup, both games will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network for subscribers. Friday’s game against Brown will also be streamed on ESPN3, which is free to cable or satellite subscribers who have ESPN in their package. Saturday’s game against Yale will also be live on the air on KOOL 106.7 and 96.3 FM in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas, as Brett Franklin and Jill Glessner call the game. Live stats will also be provided by DartmouthSports.com. The Ivy League Network (ILN), now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.

 

UP NEXT
Following this weekend’s games, The Big Green will remain home next weekend playing host to Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday, both games will be played at Leede Arena.