NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team defeated Columbia on the road Saturday, 88-77, completing the season sweep of the Lions.
The Big Green improve to 15-11 with a 7-6 Ivy League mark, while Columbia falls to 8-20 with a 2-11 conference record.
“It was a great battle in New York City today, which we knew it would be,” said The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach Belle Koclanes. “It’s a battle every afternoon, every night in the Ivy League. I’m proud of our team’s effort, we talked about taking care of the basketball and executing at a high level and being the more skilled team, while outworking the opponent.
Saturday’s game started out with a back and forth battle, ending with a 21-19 Lions lead. In the second quarter the road team pushed on the gas a bit more, going on a short 7-2 run to end the period leading 42-35.
Keeping the lead throughout the third period didn’t seem to be a challenge, as Dartmouth led by as much as 14 points in the final seconds, but the home team wasn’t going away easily with the final 10 minutes ahead.
In the opening 3:26 of the fourth quarter, the Big Green went on an 8-1 run, taking the biggest lead of the game with a 21-point advantage. Columbia responded scoring four points within one minute to cut the lead to 19, and continued to battle. With 2:54 to go, freshman Riley Casey hit a three and went to the line for a free throw and upon making her shot put the Lions in a position to tie up the game, trailing only by nine points.
Neither team scored again for the next 1:26, until Lippold hit a jumper and extended the lead back to double digits, before Columbia responded again, making it an eight-point game with only 1:03 to go. Dartmouth used its next possession wisely and with two free throws from Slagle took a 10-point advantage.
The Lions still would not go away easily, creating another single-digit difference with 41 seconds to go following a three from Madison Pack.
The Big Green had one of its best shooting days of the season, with 55.6 percent from the field, 47.8 from three-point range and 81 percent from the line. Dartmouth continues its final road trip of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Cornell at 2 p.m.