By: Mike Miezejeski
Dartmouth Big Green (3-2) at
Northwestern Wildcats (6-1)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 – 3 PM ET
Location: Evanston, Ill. – Welsh-Ryan Arena
All-Time Series: Northwestern, 1-0
Last Time: Nov. 12, 2010 / L, 66-37 (Evanston, Ill.)
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Dartmouth wraps up its Chicago trip on Saturday afternoon at Northwestern. This will be the first and only Power Five opponent for the Big Green in the regular season. Dartmouth will look to get back on track and secure its fourth win in the early going, while the Wildcats are 6-1 and are receiving votes in the latest AP and Coaches top-25 polls.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Big Green had a hard time finding their offensive groove Wednesday night at Loyola Chicago and ended up falling, 61-40.
- The Ramblers led wire-to-wire and the biggest keys to their victory were quarter-starting runs and the ability to get to and convert at the free throw line.
- Dartmouth’s best stretch in the game was in the second quarter when the Big Green went on a 10-2 run from 5:19 to 1:23.
- Katie Douglas earned her first career starting nod.
- Anna Luce led Dartmouth in scoring for the third time this season with 13 points on 5-10 shooting.
- Annie McKenna dropped eight points with seven rebounds and three assists.
- Asha Taylor finished with seven points and five rebounds.
- Elle Louie had six points, eight rebounds and four assists.
- Four players scored in double figures for Loyola Chicago.
- Dartmouth was held to 27.9 percent shooting, while the Ramblers shot 33.8 percent and were limited to 19 points below their average.
- Asha Taylor made her first career start Sunday afternoon at Manhattan.
- It was the first time that the starting five has changed this season.
- Taylor finished with seven points, two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of action.
- On the season, Taylor is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.2 ppg and is fifth with 3.6 rpg.
- Katie Douglas then earned the starting nod against Loyola Chicago.
- Three players set career highs against Manhattan.
- Annie McKenna grabbed eight rebounds, seven defensive and one offensive, beating her seven boards from Nov. 11 of last season against Vermont.
- Anna Luce had five steals, which brings her total to eight on the season.
- Paula Lenart also came away with five steals. She now had nine this year and had at least one steal in each game.
- Anna Luce ranks ninth in the Ivy League in scoring with 13.2 ppg.
- Paula Lenart is third in rebounding with 8.0 rpg and leads the conference with 3.4 offensive rpg.
- Annie McKenna is second in the league in assists with 4.8 and fifth with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio.
- Elle Louie ranks sixth in the league with 1.2 blocks per game and Veronica Kelly has creeped into the top 10, she is ninth with 1.0 blocks per game.
- Lenart is sixth with 1.8 steals per game.
- The Wildcats are turning heads this season with three votes in both the AP and Coaches top-25 polls.
- Northwestern comes into Saturday with a 6-1 record with its only blemish being a 70-68 loss against a tough DePaul team.
- The ‘Cats play strong defense, holding teams to 52.7 ppg, while scoring 67.1 for a +14.4-scoring margin.
- Lindsey Pulliam has been a scoring machine, averaging 18.6 ppg, which puts her at 44th in the nation.
- Abbie Wolf is the only other Wildcat in double figures with 12.7 ppg, she also pulls down a team high 7.0 rpg.
- Abi Scheid scores 9.6 ppg and pulls grabs 3.9 apg.
- Veronica Burton leads the team with 5.4 apg while scoring 6.4 ppg.
- Northwestern is 4-1 at home this season.
NORTHWESTERN’S LAST TIME OUT
- The Wildcats won a tight game, 66-63, over Boston College Wednesday night in Evanston.
- It was a back-and-forth game in the first half, but the Wildcats led the entire way in the second. BC came as close as one with 4:26 to go, but Northwestern made its free throws down the stretch.
- Pulliam scored a game high 25 points on 10-16 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
- Byrdy Galernik was also in double figures with 13 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
- Northwestern was outrebounded 53-29 and shot a lower percentage than BC, but the Wildcats were 15-22 from the free throw line compared to 2-5 for the Eagles.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS
- Dartmouth and Northwestern have only played once before.
- That game was in Evanston in 2010 and the Wildcats came away with a 66-37 win.
- Brittney Smith finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Big Green.
To keep up-to-date on all the action over the weekend, you can visit the Dartmouth women’s basketball schedule by clicking HERE and finding the links for live video and live stats associated with the games. You can also follow the game on twitter: @DartmouthWbb
The Big Green return to Hanover where they will play their Education Day game at noon on Tuesday against Maine. Students from local elementary schools will attend the game and there will be education-based events for them to participate in.