Dartmouth Big Green (12-7, 4-2 Ivy) vs.
Penn Quakers (13-5, 4-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia, Pa. – The Palestra
Dartmouth Big Green (12-7, 4-2 Ivy) vs.
Princeton Tigers (14-4, 4-1, Ivy)
Date: Saturday, February 10 at 5 p.m.
Location: Princeton, N.J. – Jadwin Gymnasium
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth women’s basketball team heads out for its first true Ivy League road trip of the season, traveling to take on Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
The defending Ivy League champion, Penn are currently tied with Princeton for second place in the Ivy League. The Quakers have won their last seven straight games, most recently taking down Yale on the road, 69-54. Freshman Eleah Parker is leading the Penn offense, averaging 13.1 points per game, and has secured the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the last four straight weeks. Parker is joined by Michelle Nwokedi who averages 10.9 points per game and Lauren Whitlatch who averages 10.1, as the three players posting double-digits each game. The Quakers have faced a few of the same opponents Dartmouth has seen in the non-conference schedule, in Binghamton, Rhode Island and NJIT.
LAST TIME AGAINST PENN
Last March, the Big Green fell to Penn at home, 60-47. Dartmouth played strong defense in the first quarter but the Quakers went on a 9-2 run in the second, and went into halftime with a 31-24 lead. Penn remained ahead through the majority of the third quarter, until the home team went on a 15-0 run and tied the game up 45-45 early in the fourth. Being tied 47-47 in the beginning of the final period was the closest the Big Green would get to taking the win.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
As Princeton is tied with Penn currently for second place, the team’s 14-4 record and 4-1 mark in Ivy League play will change before tip-off against Dartmouth, as the Tigers host Harvard on Friday night. Princeton’s defense is the best in the league, holding opponents to an average of 55.3 points per game, and has the highest defensive rebounding average, 32.4 boards per game. Sophomore Bella Alarie leads the Tigers’ offense with 14.8 points per game, while teammate Leslie Robinson averages 11.2 points per game. Alarie has been named Ivy League Player of the Week twice so far this season, and she also leads the league in rebounding, averaging 9.2 per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
The Big Green ended the 2016-17 season on a high note taking down Princeton at home last March, 58-56. Led by Kate Letkewicz and Andi Norman who dropped 14 points each, and former Dartmouth player Fanni Szabo who scored 12. The Big Green held a 24-18 lead entering halftime, and made a statement in the early minutes of the third quarter and went on a 13-0 run. The Tigers responded with a 10-0 run and cut the lead to seven points before the end of the third, and remained close through the fourth quarter, but were unable to tie it up or take the lead.
LAST TIME OUT
Last Saturday, Dartmouth cruised past Columbia at home, 88-65. Letkewicz led the scoring effort with 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Cy Lippold posted her own double-double with 15 points and 12 assists. Isalys Quiñones also scored 15 and Norman posted 10 to round out the players in double figures. The Big Green had a comfortable lead at the half, but the Lions came out of the locker room strong and brought the deficit within three points two times, before the home team hit the gas and took a double-digit lead into the final buzzer.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Currently there are three Dartmouth players averaging double digits. Lippold is leading the pack with 13.7 points per game, Letkewicz is right behind her with 12.3 and Quiñones is posting 10.6 per game. Letkewicz and Quiñones are joined by senior Olivia Smith as the three players averaging at least 6 rebounds a game. Lippold not only leads the team in scoring but also assists as the guard has 107 total, for an average of 5.6 per game. This group of upperclassmen, along with the shooting efforts of Norman and Emily Slagle, contribute the most minutes and their teamwork shows in the results of each game.
The Big Green lead the Ivy League in field goal shooting percentage with 43.5 percent, and three-point shooting percentage with 36 percent. In the individual categories, Lippold leads the conference in assists and is third in steals, averaging 2.2 per game. Letkewicz is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and leads the league in minutes averaging 36.8 per game. This weekend’s games present an opportunity for Dartmouth to compete harder for rebounds, as Penn leads the Ancient Eight in offensive rebounds and Princeton is first in rebounding defense and rebounding margin.
LETKEWICZ LEAVING HER MARK
With the last eight games in view, Kate Letkewicz is nearing the end of her career playing in the Green and White and also nearing the milestone of scoring her 1000th point. Currently the Waterloo, Iowa native has 979 points, putting her at 17th in program history in scoring. She is also 15th in rebounds with 564, fourth in three-point field goals with 169 and seventh in three’s attempted with 466.
MIND ON A CURE
While the Big Green hosted their annual Play 4 Kay game last weekend against Columbia, Saturday’s game at Princeton will also be a pink game as the Tigers host their game to support breast cancer awareness.
RETURNING HOME ON THE ROAD
For assistant coach Addie Micir, Saturday’s game is somewhat of a homecoming as she spent her college career playing for Princeton. While playing for the Tigers, Micir helped lead her team to two consecutive Ivy League titles and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. She was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 2011 and was a three-time All-Ivy honoree. Princeton is celebrating Alumnae Weekend and Micir will no doubt be one of the former players celebrated for her success.
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.
Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network for subscribers, the ILN is now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Live stats will be available for Friday’s game on PennAthletics.com and for Saturday’s game on GoPrincetonTigers.com.
Dartmouth continues its road trip next weekend, taking on Yale and Brown.