Dartmouth Big Green (8-3) vs.
Albany Great Danes (10-2)
Date: Saturday, December 30 at 2 p.m.
Location: Albany, N.Y. – SEFCU Arena
Dartmouth Big Green (8-3) vs.
Binghamton Bearcats (8-4)
Date: Sunday, December 31 at 2 p.m.
Location: Vestal, N.Y. – Events Center
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
To round out the 2017 calendar year and this season’s non-conference schedule are two road games for the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, at Albany on Saturday and Binghamton on Sunday.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
Albany is off to a hot start, with a 10-2 record after most recently taking down Northern Illinois on December 21 in overtime, 97-91. Leading the Great Danes offense is forward Jessica Fequiere averaging 19.8 points per game, and forward Tiana-Jo Carter has an average of 10 points per game, the two are the only players on the team with a points-per-game average in double digits. Albany is first in the America East Conference in offense, with an average of 70.9 points each game, while Fequiere leads the league in free throw and three-point shooting percentage, and guard Mackenzie Trpcic is first in assists averaging six.
LAST TIME AGAINST ALBANY
The series between Dartmouth and Albany has only had five games thus far, the last of which was played at the end of 2016 in Hanover, where the Big Green came out victorious in overtime, 69-61. Against the Great Danes, Kate Letkewicz led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Isalys Quiñones posted 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Fanni Szabo dropped 18 in the win. Tied up 54-54 at the end of regulation, Letkewicz opened overtime with her fourth three of the game, and the home team continued to edge out Albany, ending with a bucket from Olivia Smith to take the win. Dartmouth holds a 3-2 lead in the series.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Binghamton has a similar record to the Big Green after 12 games, 8-4, including wins over Penn, Cornell and NJIT. The Bearcats defeated Rider on the road, 76-54 before a nine-day break for the holidays. Senior Imani Watkins is leading the offense with a strong 20.7 point-per-game average, Kai Moon is averaging 11 and Alyssa James, 10, to round out the three players posting at least 10 a game. Watkins is also leading the America East in scoring and James is first in the conference in blocked shots, with 56 total and an average of 4.7 per game.
FIRST TIME FACE OFF
Sunday’s game will be the first time Binghamton and Dartmouth have played, even though the Bearcats have played Ivy League teams in the past and the Big Green traditionally plays a few America East members each season.
LAST TIME OUT
Before the Christmas timeout, Dartmouth took down Holy Cross on the road in exciting fashion, with a 76-74, overtime win. The Big Green had an eight-point lead at halftime, but the home team was able to come back and make it interesting, with a three-point advantage at the end of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, both teams traded baskets as the Crusaders remained ahead by only a small margin. Lippold scored back-to-back buckets to tie it up 68-68, which ended regulation. With a four-point start to overtime, Dartmouth held off Holy Cross as much as possible ending with the eighth win of the season.
SMITH SHOWS STRENGTH
With four seniors on this season’s team there is opportunity for all of them to finish strong. Center Olivia Smith dished out 17 points against Holy Cross, a season high for her and one point shy of matching her career high 18 which she scored last spring against Penn. The Yarmouth, Maine native has played in all 11 games so far this season and her average of seven points per game is an aid the Big Green needs to help finish off their opponents.
OFF TO A HOT START
The start to the 2017-18 season is the best Dartmouth has had in the last 11 years. The last time the Big Green was 8-3 to start was in the 2005-06 season. Notable wins this season include the November win over Boston College, the first win against an ACC team, the December win against Colorado, which was the first win against a PAC 12 team, and the win over New Hampshire which was the first in seven years. Currently third in the Ivy League behind Brown and Princeton, Dartmouth averages 66.9 points a game, is first in the conference in three-point shooting percentage and second in field goal percentage as a team.
END OF 2017
As the last two non-conference games wrap up 2017, the Big Green look ahead to opening Ivy League play against Harvard at home on January 6.
WATCH THE ACTION
Saturday’s game at Albany will be broadcast on ESPN3 which is available online for television subscribers who have an ESPN package, and there will be live stats provided by UAlbanySports.com. Sunday’s game at Binghamton will also be broadcast on ESPN3 and on the radio WNBF 1290 which can also be streamed online, and there will be live stats provided by BUBearcats.com.