HANOVER, N.H. – Friday night showcased the final home game of the season for the Dartmouth women’s basketball team against league-leading Princeton, and the road team came out with a win, 79-67.
With the loss the Big Green move to 14-10, with a 6-5 Ivy League record, while the Tigers improve to 20-4 on the season, 10-1 in the conference. Junior Isalys Quiñones dropped a season-high 22 points while fellow junior Cy Lippold scored 17, but with four players in double-figures Princeton held the advantage throughout the game.
“What I love most about this team is our fight, and this team fights,” said the Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “We play from the tip to the buzzer and obviously there were some lapses in that time, we had a really tough second quarter, but we fight to the finish and we won the second half today.”
Dartmouth struck first in the opening minutes, but the Tigers responded and took a quick 7-0 advantage, and they would lead for the remainder of the game. Through the first half, the Big Green had solid shooting with 42.3 percent and making 50 percent from beyond the arc, but the road team was shooting better overall with 53.3 percent. Princeton held a 13-point advantage going into halftime.
Opening the third quarter, the road team went on a 6-0 run ending with a layup from Sydney Jordan, and was leading by 19 points, the biggest lead of the game. Dartmouth fought to catch up scoring 18 points in the period to Princeton’s 22, and still the Tigers led by double-digits at the end of the period.
With the final 10 minutes in view, the home team saw more shots fall but Princeton continued to score as well. With 6:29 to go, a jumper from sophomore Annie McKenna cut the lead to nine points but Tigers’ Leslie Robinson responded with one of her own. Quiñones made room for herself and hit a jumper herself with 5:40 remaining on the clock, and came back down 18 seconds later to score a layup making it a 7-point game. That was the closest the Big Green would get to closing the game.
Defensively Dartmouth had some success, specifically in restricting sophomore Bella Alarie, who has been the Tigers’ leading scorer all season averaging 14.2 points per game. In Leede Arena on Friday night, Alarie’s finished shooting 0-of-4 overall, 1-of-2 from the free throw line, one point, five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
“We definitely played them much better this time around than we did at their place two weeks ago and that’s what I’m focused on is my team getting better to prepare us for postseason play,” Koclanes said. “Defensively we threw a lot of different strategies at them tonight, which is different for our team it’s not something we do very often, so we lost some focus in that. The growth opportunities from tonight, are staying focused on the game plan and better movement, that we will take from tonight into tomorrow, but our eyes are forward onto Penn.”
Tomorrow night the Big Green host Penn for Senior Night at 5 p.m. in Leede Arena.