NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Playing in its second of a back-to-back, the Dartmouth women’s basketball team fell at Yale, 64-49, Saturday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Big Green drop to 8-9 (1-3 Ivy) on the year, while Yale improves to 13-6 (3-1 Ivy). The first quarter was where the game got away from Dartmouth as foul trouble hurt the Big Green.
Cy Lippold led the Big Green with 14 points and dished out six assists, moving her into ninth all-time at Dartmouth in career assists with 250. Isalys Quinones was also in double figures with 13 points. Annie McKenna finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Georgia Alexander had a breakout performance with seven points and five rebounds.
“The first quarter hurt us, but we competed the rest of the way,” said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach of Women’s Basketball. “If we could eliminate the first quarter we have a very different game. Both Paula and Ice got in foul trouble early which hurt us, but opened up time for our younger players. Georgia Alexander is putting time in the weight room and is in the gym all the time and that showed tonight.”
Dartmouth and Yale traded baskets over the first five minutes of the opening quarter. Cy Lippold benefited on a steal by Annie McKenna and scored the first basket of the game and kept it up by later drilling a three and converted on another basket to score Dartmouth’s first seven points. After Quinones connected on a jumper to pull the Big Green to one point, Yale racked off 10 consecutive points to extend its lead to 20-9 with 1:09 left. Alexander converted her first career field goal with an and-one basket in the final minute, but Yale held onto a 22-12 advantage at the end of one.
Alexander and Lippold made back-to-back layups to open the second and cut it to a six-point deficit with 7:24 on the clock. Yale then went on a 6-2 run over the next three minutes, taking a 10-point lead. Dartmouth’s defense turned it up a notch as they did not allow the Bulldogs to score from the 4:21 mark to 1:07 remaining in the half. Over that time, the Big Green brought the score to 28-23, but Yale scored the final four points of the quarter, including a buzzer beating 3-pointer heading into halftime.
Quinones opened the third by knocking down a triple after a steal by Lippold, making it a six-point game. Yale then heated up on offense and outscored Dartmouth 12-2 over the next five minutes, bringing its lead to 44-28 with 3:47 on the clock. McKenna put a stop to that with back-to-back buckets and Asha Taylor hit a 3-pointer for a 7-2 Dartmouth run, but Yale made another buzzer beating three to end the third to take a 51-37 advantage.
The scoring was tight in the fourth quarter as the teams traded baskets. That would not be enough for the Big Green to get back into the game as the Bulldogs stopped any kind of run from Dartmouth. Lippold’s assist to Quinones with 3:58 left in the game put her in ninth all-time on the Dartmouth career assists list.
Dartmouth is back on the road next week for a back-to-back with Cornell and Columbia on Friday and Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.