ALBANY, N.Y. – In the first of two back-to-back road games to end the calendar year, the Dartmouth women’s basketball team fell to Albany on Saturday afternoon in New York, 76-61.
Although junior Cy Lippold posted 15 points and Isalys Quiñones dropped 11 for her first game since December 11, the Big Green were unable to overcome the large deficit created by the Great Danes, who led by as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter.
The loss moves Dartmouth to 8-4 while Albany improves to 11-2, before the home team enters conference play next week.
“Albany is an excellent program, excellent team, and we were anticipating their physicality in post play,” said head coach Belle Koclanes. “We had three good practices following the holiday to do our best to prepare for that, but we just didn’t have an answer for it. They outworked us in the paint, and on the flip side just disappointing performance offensively for us, and a lot of that had to do with Albany’s pressure.
“We didn’t take care of the ball, 32 turnovers is not the way Dartmouth plays, and how many of those missed possessions, missed opportunities to score, so there were good moments, and we’ll pull out the lessons learned. It was disappointing for us today, but it definitely needs to serve us well moving forward and we move forward quickly tomorrow.”
The first quarter was a slow start for both teams in the first three minutes, before the Great Danes went on a small run and took a 10-point lead with more than five minutes left in the period. Following the first media timeout the Big Green came out hot and cut into the lead but the home team continued to pull away, leading by five at the end of the quarter 17-12.
Similar to the first period, the second period included slow scoring as Albany led by eight points with 6:50 on the clock. Dartmouth had a chance to come within two points but a lane violation during freshman Anna Luce’s free throws counted only one of her two made foul shots. The Big Green went to the line one more before the end of the quarter, where Quiñones drained a pair of free throws, but Great Danes’ Heather Forster responded with a layup at the other end of the court to regain the four-point advantage. Albany had a six-point lead at halftime, 34-28, where Lippold had 12 points for the road team.
Early turnovers plagued Dartmouth to start the second half, with a turnover in each of the first four possessions, giving the Great Danes an opportunity to take a 17-point advantage with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Big Green clawed back through the deficit, still down by 14 with under three to play in the period, but Albany continued to scored keeping ahead and ending the quarter up 56-37.
In the last 10 minutes the home team took its largest lead of the game at two different times, up by 19 points. With a 15-point deficit and 3:28 left on the clock, both teams traded baskets until the Great Danes took a small 6-0 run to end the fourth period, before Kealy Brown drained a three in the last 11 seconds to get one last bucket for the road team.
Dartmouth had a decent shooting day, 48 percent from the field, 37 percent from three and 100 percent from the free throw line, but 32 turnovers allowed Albany to score 30 points off of those turnovers and take the win.
The Big Green return to action tomorrow, taking on the Binghamton Bearcats in Binghamton, N.Y. at 2 p.m.