HANOVER, N.H. – An off-shooting night created a challenge for the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, falling to Yale on Saturday night 57-39. The Big Green move to 10-7 on the season with a 2-2 Ivy League mark, while the Bulldogs improve to 9-8 with the same conference record, 2-2.
“We came off a hard-earned victory last night where we scored 78 points, to having a really tough time scoring tonight, we have to figure that out,” said The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “We love when that three ball is going in, it’s exciting and generates energy, but when it’s not going in we can’t be one-and-done, we have to have other ways of scoring.”
Following a night where Dartmouth had five players in double digits, Saturday was a different story with junior Isalys Quiñones scoring 13 points, leading the home team’s effort and the only player with 10 or more points. Quiñones also grabbed 10 boards for her third double-double of the season. The home team went 5-of-20 from three, as several players pulled up from deep in an attempt to cut the lead, but shots were simply not falling.
It was no surprise that Yale came out of the gates with extra energy after losing to Harvard by 34 points on Friday night before traveling to Hanover. Neither team scored in the first 1:46 before the Big Green got on the board from a layup by junior Cy Lippold, then the Bulldogs scored 20 seconds later and led through the rest of the first period.
In the early minutes of the third period, Kate Letkewicz made a layup cutting the lead to nine points, as the road team was ahead 30-21, but that was the last time the lead would be in single digits. Yale led for almost 37 minutes and while having just as many turnovers as Dartmouth, 19 each, was more productive with possessions.
“Credit to Yale, they really brought it to us today, they have excellent guard play and an excellent post player in Jen Berkowitz,” Koclanes said. “The one-on-one defense needs improvement and our continued growth opportunity of taking care of the basketball.”
The Yale series has not been easy as of late for the Big Green who hasn’t defeated Yale since February of 2016, the Bulldogs have won the last four straight meetings.
A highlight for Letkewicz, with her single three-point bucket against Yale, is she is now tied for fifth all-time in program history in three-point field goals made, with 162.
The Big Green were celebrating Alumnae Weekend and National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, as they hosted a clinic for area youth to attend during the day, and had alumnae and athletes from the clinic attend Saturday’s game.
Dartmouth continues its four-game homestand this coming weekend, hosting Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m. and Columbia on Saturday at 5 p.m., both games will be played at Leede Arena.