HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team played its final home game of the season Saturday night, falling to Penn 79-50.
With the loss, the Big Green fall to 14-11, with a 6-6 Ivy League record while the Quakers improve to 18-7 overall, 9-3 in the conference.
“Tough weekend for us, it hurts because we would have loved to send our seniors out in a more competitive fashion,” said The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “One thing that this team always does is fight, regardless of the score or outcome, so I’m proud of the fight in us. We still have a lot to play for and these seniors made us extremely proud, the best home record since we’ve been here.”
This season’s 9-4 record in Leede Arena is actually the best home record for Dartmouth women’s basketball since the 2008-09 season, where the Big Green finished with a 9-3 home mark.
The Quakers’ offense came out of the gates firing on all cylinders and scored 22 points in the first quarter, holding Dartmouth to seven. The deficit looming was not an easy one for the Big Green to overcome, but the home team continue to fight while Penn remained in control.
Dartmouth’s shooting slump in the first period certainly hurt the ability to take the lead, as the home team shot only 30 percent in the opening 10 minutes. The final shooting percentages for the Big Green were 34.7 percent from the field, 44 from three and 62.5 from the free throw line, next to Penn’s 50 percent overall. Turnovers have been a challenge for Dartmouth through some games this season including Saturday’s, where the Quakers scored 25 points off nine turnovers.
Next weekend the Big Green conclude the regular season, traveling to face Columbia Friday and Cornell Saturday.