BOSTON, Mass. – The Dartmouth women’s basketball team led at the half, but fell to Boston College, 65-53 at the Conte Forum on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, the Big Green fall to 4-7, while the Eagles improve to 6-6.
Dartmouth junior Kate Letkewicz led all scorers with her 20 points and finished the day just one rebound shy of the double-double. Isalys Quinones had a decent performance with eight points and six rebounds, while Big Green senior Fanni Szabo contributed all eight of Dartmouth’s bench points.
“I’m proud of our effort,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Women’s Basketball. “We have been playing so much better since our Virginia trip and that trip taught us some really hard lessons for all the right reasons. We’re still working on playing more consistently with one another, so we need to find some consistency. There are some really good days ahead for this team.”
The Big Green did not get the start they hoped for in first quarter as BC opened the game with a 10-3 run. Another 10-0 run later in the quarter put Dartmouth in a 22-9 hole early. In the second quarter the Big Green made some adjustments to the personnel on the floor and it brought Dartmouth’s offense back to life. Three pointers by Letkewicz, Szabo and Olivia Smith highlighted a 13-0 run that propelled the Green to a 32-30 lead at the half.
“We went to a ball-screen offense,” Koclanes said. “We knew we could attack their bigs off the bounce because our post play is really mobile. It put a lot of pressure on their post defense, which made them chase us in a lot of ways and really opened up the floor.”
Dartmouth maintained its lead in the third quarter until 5:04 mark when BC tied the game at 35 via a pair of Kailey Edwards free throws. The charity stripe was not a friend of the Big Green on Wednesday as Dartmouth went 8-19 from the foul line, which was uncharacteristic of the fourth-best free throw shooting team in the Ivy League.
“We got there 19 times today and we always want to make more free throws than our opponent takes and that didn’t happen today,” Koclanes said. “Every point matters and helps and its always a priority.”
The Big Green did not let their ACC opponent run away in the second half, closing the deficit to just two possessions after an Andi Norman three-pointer with under a minute to play in the contest. After also facing some struggles at the charity stripe the Eagles were able to make their foul shots in the final minute to seal the team’s six victory of the season.
Dartmouth will return to the court after the holiday break to host Albany on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers and can be heard on KOOL 93.9 FM.