HANOVER, N.H. – On Saturday night the Dartmouth women’s basketball team finished with a win and a weekend sweep, taking down Columbia at home, 88-65.
Senior Kate Letkewicz led the scoring with 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Cy Lippold added 15 points and 12 assists for her own double-double. Junior Isalys Quiñones also dropped 15 points and senior Andi Norman added 10 to round out the Big Green players in double digits. The win pushes Dartmouth’s record to 12-7 with a 4-2 Ivy League mark, while the Lions fall to 7-14, with a 1-5 conference record.
“Our preparation for Columbia was about limiting Camille Zimmerman,” said The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “Limiting her attempts and contesting her, which is a total team effort and team defense to challenge her. Tonight had great learning lessons for us defensively, as we continue to focus on our defensive execution.”
Zimmerman was the leading scorer in the conference heading into Saturday night’s game, as she averages 20.7 points per game and leads the Columbia offense, restricting her was going to be a key for winning the matchup. While she did score 20 points, and freshman Riley Casey dropped 21, the Big Green were able to hold the rest of the team to single digits and come out with the win.
“I’m really proud of our 34 points in the paint tonight,” Koclanes said. “We took better care of the ball, especially Cy, 12 assists and one turnover that’s fantastic. Turnovers are still a growth opportunity for us, but really pleased with the guards’ performance and Ice’s (Quiñones) performance tonight, she was everyone’s help defensively.”
Through the first two quarters Dartmouth held a steady lead and entered halftime with an 11-point advantage. Starting the third quarter though, Columbia started to roar right back, coming within three points twice, in the first three minutes of the period. The Big Green were leading 38-35 with 7:24 left in the quarter following a jumper from Lions’ Maya Sampleton, and started to push on the gas pedal just enough to get back into a double-digit lead. The home team led by as much as 27 in the fourth quarter and everyone was able to see the court in the last few minutes of the game.
Dartmouth completed another solid shooting night, with 57.6 percent from the floor, 47.6 percent from three making 10-of-21, and 100 percent from the free throw line. The Big Green scored 35 points in the third quarter alone, the most points scored in a single quarter in at least the 2017-18 season. This is the first weekend sweep in Ivy League action since late February 2016.
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend on the road, traveling to take on Penn on Friday night and Princeton on Saturday night.