Game 24
Dartmouth Big Green (14-9, 6-4 Ivy) vs.
Princeton Tigers (19-4, 9-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 23 at 7 PM
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena

Game 25
Dartmouth Big Green (14-9, 6-4 Ivy) vs.
Penn Quakers (17-6, 8-2 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, February 24 at 5 PM
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena


The Dartmouth women’s basketball team hosts Princeton and Penn this weekend, the top two teams in the Ivy League. Saturday’s game will also celebrate Senior Night for the Big Green.

Princeton has recently taken full ownership of first place in the conference, after taking down Penn last week at home. The Tigers won all three games they played last week and are currently 9-1 in Ivy League play, their only loss was to Yale. Princeton most recently defeated Columbia on the road, 74-46. The Tigers are led by sophomore Bella Alarie, who averages 14.2 points per game and shared this week’s Ivy League Player of the Week honors with Dartmouth senior Kate Letkewicz.

Two weeks ago, the Big Green fell to Princeton on the road, 82-63. The home team took a large advantage early in the game, leading 22-8 at the end of the first period. In the second period, Dartmouth scored 22 points to help close the gap and entered halftime trailing by 10 points, 40-30. The third period was close in scoring, but the 19 points the Tigers put up extended the lead further. 

Penn is sitting in second place in the Ancient Eight, with an 8-2 conference record, both losses to Princeton. Freshman Eleah Parker and senior Michelle Nwokedi lead the Quakers in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game each. Penn is first in the Ivy League in offensive rebounds, averaging 16.1 per game, and leads the conference in blocked shots per game with 5.87. The Quakers are coming off a weekend sweep over Columbia and Cornell. 

Dartmouth traveled to Penn two weeks ago and fell at the Palestra, 65-47. After a close first quarter, the Quakers turned it on in the second period and entered halftime with a 14-point advantage. Holding the Big Green to only nine points in the third period created a deficit that Dartmouth would not have enough time to come back from. 

The Big Green are coming off a big weekend, taking down Yale in overtime last Friday and Brown the following day, both games on the road. Letkewicz scored a career-high 29 points in the win over the Bulldogs and dropped 28 against the Bears on Saturday. The weekend sweep was necessary to remain in the hunt for the Ivy League Tournament coming up in two weeks. 

Letkewicz scored her 1,000th career point last Friday night against Yale during the second period. The Waterloo, Iowa native now has 1,048 career points where she ranks 15th in program history. She has also moved up in the record books for three-point field goals made where she is currently third in program history with 181, seventh all-time in three’s attempted with 466, and tied for 14th in rebounds with 582.

With four regular season games left, Dartmouth has the chance to secure a spot to play in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament, which takes place in two weeks at the Palestra. Princeton remains in first with Penn in second, and then a three-way tie for third place between Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale. This weekend the Crimson are also hosting Penn and Princeton and the four games taking place in Cambridge and Hanover hold the possibility for more shakeup in the conference standings. 

The Big Green continued to shoot well last weekend and with a 42.9 team shooting percentage is second in the conference. Dartmouth remains the Ivy League leader in three-point shooting percentage, with 36.9 percent, and second in free throw percentage with 75.7. Junior Cy Lippold has led and still leads the Ancient Eight teams in assists, with 128 total and an average of 5.6 per game, and Letkewicz is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage with 37.7 percent. 

This weekend’s games are crucial for the Big Green in terms of playing in the Ivy League Tournament. Fans are encouraged to pack the stands for Friday night’s “beach night” theme, and Saturday’s Youth Basketball Night. Both evenings will have a special pregame ceremony, as Friday night the team presents Kate Letkewicz her 1,000 point ball and Saturday is Senior Night, honoring all four seniors of the team for their time playing in the green and white. 

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 

For fans who can’t make it to Leede Arena, both games will be broadcast to watch online. Friday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 which is free for television subscribers who have ESPN in their TV package. Both games will also be broadcast on the Ivy League Network for subscribers, the ILN is available on Apple TV, Roku, and the ILN App for Android and Apple devices. Brett Franklin and Jill Koclanes will be on the call for KOOL 106.7 and 96.3 FM in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas as well. 

Dartmouth has one remaining road trip to finish up the regular season next weekend, taking on Columbia Friday and Cornell Saturday.