Game 18
Dartmouth Big Green (10-7, 2-2 Ivy League) vs.
Cornell Big Red (5-12, 1-3 Ivy League)
Date: Friday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena

 

Game 19
Dartmouth Big Green (10-7, 2-2 Ivy League) vs.
Columbia Lions (7-12, 1-3 Ivy League)
Date: Saturday, February 3 at 5 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena

 

THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team continues Ivy League play this weekend at home, hosting Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday, both games will be played at Leede Arena. 

SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell had a slow start to the year and with a 5-12 record the tempo still hasn’t picked up. The Big Red are 1-3 in conference action, with a win over Columbia two weeks ago on the road. Most recently Cornell fell to the Lions at home on Jan. 27, 72-54. Sophomore Samantha Widmann is the leading scorer for the Big Red, averaging 15.1 points per game, and is the only player posting a double-digit average. 

LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
Last February, Dartmouth fell to Cornell on the road, 72-57. Former Big Green forward Fanni Szabo led the road team with 22 points while Olivia Smith and Kate Letkewicz both scored nine each, but the Big Red had three players finish in double digits. Shooting 50 percent from field goal range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line also helped the home team maintain a lead throughout the game. Dartmouth struggled in the second period scoring only nine points, and won the fourth quarter 23-16, but was unable to catch up in the end. The Big Green lead the series 58-20. 

SCOUTING THE LIONS
With a record of 7-12 and Ivy League mark of 1-3, Columbia is in similar territory as Cornell. The Lions most recently defeated their conference partner in Ithaca, 72-54 led by Camille Zimmerman who scored 23 points, as four other players also scored in double digits. Zimmerman is the Lions’ leading scorer, with a 20.2 per game average and is close to averaging a double double with 9.0 rebounds-per-game, and Casey Riley is the only other player averaging double digits with a 10.3 average. Columbia currently leads the league in free throw shooting percentage, with 77 percent, and through the last three games had 29 total trips to the line, something the Big Green will need to keep in single digits. 

LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
Nearing the end of last year’s regular season, Dartmouth fell to Columbia in New York, 69-48. Szabo and Isalys Quiñones both scored 12 points each but Zimmerman went for a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions win. Historically, Dartmouth has dominated the series, with a 53-16 series record, but last season fell in both games to Columbia, including a quadruple overtime game in Hanover that ended in a loss for the home team. 

LAST TIME OUT
Last Saturday night the Big Green fell to Yale at home, 57-39. Quiñones led the Dartmouth offense with 13 points, but with no other players scoring at least 10 points as the team went 17-of-58 from the field and 5-of-20 from three, defeating the Bulldogs proved to be a lost challenge. It was an uncharacteristically off shooting night for the Big Green who was averaging a shooting percentage of 42.9 from the field prior to Saturday night. 

LETKEWICZ LEGACY
Senior Kate Letkewicz is on the way to ending her last year playing in the Green and White, and she is leaving her mark in the record books before it’s all over. The Waterloo, Iowa native is in the program’s top-20 all-time list for four categories: three-point baskets made, three’s attempted, rebounds and points. Currently, Letkewicz has 948 career points which is 19th all-time, is 15th all-time in rebounds with 551, seventh in three’s attempted with 433 and tied for fifth all-time in three’s made with 162.

MIND ON A CURE
Saturday’s game against Columbia will be the annual “Play 4 Kay” game hosted by Dartmouth in support of breast cancer awareness and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Since 2009, women’s basketball teams across the country have held breast cancer awareness games to honor longtime North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who passed away in 2009.

IVYMADNESS
The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com. 

WATCH THE ACTION
Friday’s game against Cornell will be broadcast on ESPN3, which is free for television subscribers who have ESPN in their package, and the Ivy League Network for subscribers. Saturday’s game against Columbia will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and Columbia Radio. Both games will be aired live on KOOL 106.7 and 96.3 FM in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas, as Brett Franklin and Jill Glessner call the game. Live stats for both games will be provided by DartmouthSports.com. The ILN is now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.