Granite State Bragging Rights on the Line Wednesday Night on NESN

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By: Mike Miezejeski

GAME 10
Dartmouth Big Green (5-4) vs. 
New Hampshire Wildcats (3-6) 
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 – 7 PM 
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena  
All-Time Series: New Hampshire, 24-18
Last Time: Dec. 21, 2018 / W, 62-42 (Durham, N.H.)
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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Dartmouth remains at home for its state championship game against New Hampshire Wednesday night. The Big Green are coming off a 2-1 week with wins over Maine and UMass Lowell, while the Wildcats are 3-6 this season but are looking for their second straight win after defeating Central Connecticut.

BIG GREEN ON NESN
Wednesday night marks the second game this season that Dartmouth women’s basketball will be broadcasted on NESN. The Big Green are 1-0 on the regional network after defeating Maine, 57-41, on Dec. 10. Fans can also catch Dartmouth on NESN on Jan. 11 against Harvard.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Big Green rallied to erase a 10-point third quarter deficit and led by five with 12 minutes to go, but Texas State outscored Dartmouth 17-6 in the fourth to take a 61-51 win at Leede Arena Sunday.
  • The game started at a slow pace, but Dartmouth ran out to a 7-1 lead, Texas State evened the score at 13 after one and took a 30-22 lead at halftime.
  • Down 10 with eight minutes in the third, the Big Green took over and closed the quarter on a 20-9 run to take a 45-44 advantage heading to the fourth.
  • The Bobcats then won the final quarter, 17-6, to secure its fourth straight win and first road victory of the season.
  • Asha Taylor was the only member of the Big Green in double figures with 12 and sunk four 3-pointers.
  • Annie McKenna made just one shot from the field, but still finished with nine points thanks to going 7-8 from the free throw line.
  • Veronica Kelly posted a career-high nine points and sunk her first collegiate triple.
  • Katie Douglas made two 3-pointers en route to an eight-point day.
  • The game was back-and-forth with eight lead changes and Dartmouth had chances late in the fourth quarter.

FINDING A STARTING FIVE

  • Dartmouth has brought out four different starting lineup combinations this season.
  • The upper-classmen squad of Annie McKenna, Kealy Brown, Elle Louie, Anna Luce and Paula Lenart started the first three games.
  • Asha Taylor and Katie Douglas were separately inserted into the lineup in the next few games.
  • It has been McKenna, Douglas, Louie, Taylor and Lenart in the last two games against UMass Lowell and Texas State.
  • The sophomores have responded, Douglas averaged 9.7 ppg in the last three games and Taylor hit four 3-pointers in each of the last two games.

THEY’RE FREE

  • The Big Green have been doing a much better job of getting to the free throw line in the last three games.
  • Dartmouth only had 47 attempts from the line through the first six games of the season.
  • In the last three contests, the team has put up 56 attempts from the charity stripe.
  • Anna Luce went 4-4 against Maine, Paula Lenart made 6-7 at UMass Lowell and Annie McKenna sunk 7-8 against Texas State.

3-POINT BARRAGE

  • Dartmouth has found its 3-point stroke in the last two games.
  • The Big Green went 10-20 from deep at UMass Lowell, which is the most made three’s this season and 50% is the highest percentage.
  • The team then went 8-22 from beyond the arc on Sunday against Texas State.
  • Having Katie Douglas and Asha Taylor in the starting lineup is a major reason for this.
  • Taylor went 4-6 from three-point land at UMass Lowell and followed that up with a 4-11 performance on Sunday.
  • Douglas was 3-7 on Friday night and 2-3 against Texas State.
  • Taylor leads the team with 1.7 made triples per game and 5.2 attempted.
  • Annie McKenna has been a threat from distance all season. She is second with 14 triples and 39 taken.
  • Dartmouth is third in the Ivy League with a 31.8 3-point percentage.

AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST

  • Dartmouth will play its fourth and final America East Conference opponent.
  • The Big Green are 3-0 against the conference with wins over Vermont (72-55), Maine (57-41) and UMass Lowell (62-51).
  • The Big Green average 63.7 ppg and allow only 49.0 ppg for a +14.7-scoring margin.
  • Anna Luce scores 16.5 ppg and grabs 6.5 rpg against the conference.
  • Annie McKenna averages 15.0 ppg, 4.6 apg and 3.3 rpg and is 7-15 from beyond the arc.
  • Katie Douglas also scores in double figures with 10.3 ppg on 11-23 shooting.
  • Paula Lenart puts up 9.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg, while Elle Louie posts 7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.3 apg against the America East.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • The Wildcats have had an up-and-down season so far with a 3-6 record.
  • UNH started the season with an unfair matchup at No. 2 Baylor where they lost, 97-29. They then turned around to beat Bryant (68-56) and have also defeated Division III Wheaton (89-44) and Central Connecticut (70-59).
  • The Wildcats are led by Ashley Storey, who is third in scoring in the America East (17.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Caroline Soucy also scores in double figures with 10.0 ppg and grabs 3.2 rpg. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS

  • Dartmouth and New Hampshire have met 42 times on the court dating back to 1973 and the Wildcats hold a 24-18 record over the Big Green.
  • The Big Green have taken control of the series, having won the last two games.
  • Before that, UNH defeated Dartmouth every year from 2009-2016, winning seven straight.
  • Dartmouth won five consecutive games previous to that from 2006-2010.

UNH’S LAST TIME OUT

  • UNH picked up its third win over Central Connecticut State, 70-59.
  • The Wildcats led 10-4 in the opening minutes, but CCSU made it a four-point game at halftime.
  • UNH then outscored CCSU 15-6 in the third quarter to go up 52-39 and put the game away.
  • Ashley Storey scored a career-high 33 points, sinking four 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds.
  • Amanda Torres tallied 15 points and six assists and was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
  • Caroline Soucy had nine points, five rebounds and four assists, while Ivy Gogolin finished with eight off the bench.

FOLLOW ALONG
To keep up-to-date on all the action, 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
 
WHAT’S AHEAD?
Dartmouth plays its final game before the holiday break at Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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