Defense Shines in 63-39 Victory over Binghamton

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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 63-39 win over Binghamton Monday afternoon at Leede Arena. It was the fewest amount of points that Dartmouth has allowed this season and the least amount that the Bearcats have scored as Dartmouth held Binghamton to 29.6% shooting. Dartmouth begins conference play with a 7-6 record, while Binghamton starts its America East schedule at 5-8.
 
Anna Luce scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, leading the team with 15 points and Paula Lenart came away with 12 points and nine rebounds. It was a balanced scoring attack, Isalys Quinones finished with nine, Kealy Brown had eight to go along with six rebounds and four steals and Elle Louie had six points.
 
“It was a great to end the year at Leede arena today,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach of Women’s Basketball. “We protected our home court and earned a victory by cleaning up some things from Boston College, I am really proud of our team’s effort, there was greater focus today.”
     
The only time Dartmouth trailed was when Binghamton went ahead 5-2 early. It was all Dartmouth from then on as the Big Green did not let the Bearcats score for the next seven minutes. Quinones drilled a straight away 3-pointer to tie things up at the 7:10 mark, starting an 11-0 run where Luce had five of those points. Luce picked up another basket in the final minute and Lenart beat the buzzer to give the Big Green an 18-7 advantage at the end of the first.
 
Dartmouth allowed only six points in the second. Lenart scored the first two baskets for the Big Green and Katie Douglas kept it going with an and-one to extend the lead to 25-9 with 4:43 on the clock. Dartmouth outscored Binghamton 11-4 for the remainder of the half. The final bucket of the half from Kealy Brown bounced around the rim and dropped in to beat the clock, making the Big Green lead, 36-13, at halftime.
 
Lenart sunk her third 3-pointer of the season to begin the third as both sides traded buckets in the first three minutes. Brown’s steal and break-away score ignited an 11-0 Big Green run to bring their lead to 51-18 with 2:51 left in the quarter. Binghamton outscored Dartmouth 7-2 to close the third, but Dartmouth maintained a 53-25 advantage.
 
Luce scored six points in the fourth quarter and Dartmouth put the game away, not allowing the visitors to gain any ground.
 
Dartmouth begins Ivy League play on Jan. 19. Its first challenge is at Harvard in Cambridge, game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
 
 
 

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