Ivy League Action Begins at Home Against Harvard on NESN

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By: Mike Miezejeski

GAME 14
Dartmouth Big Green (6-7, 0-0 Ivy) vs. 
Harvard Crimson (9-4, 0-0 Ivy) 
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 – 1 PM 
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Leede Arena  
All-Time Series: Harvard, 49-35
Last Time: Jan. 26, 2019 / L, 73-57 (Hanover, N.H.)
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IVY SEASON
The long-awaited Ivy League schedule is here and Dartmouth and Harvard open conference play against each other for the 21st consecutive season. The Big Green are looking to snap a three-game losing streak and are hoping that the break from games can recharge their offense, while the Crimson have won three out of their last four coming into Saturday.

BIG GREEN ON NESN
Saturday afternoon marks the third and final game this season for Dartmouth women’s basketball on NESN. The Big Green are 2-0 on the regional network after defeating Maine, 57-41, on Dec. 10 and New Hampshire, 66-47, on Dec. 18.

LAST TIME OUT

  • Loyola (Md.) used a 22-0 run and outscored Dartmouth 31-9 over the final 12:45 to take a 72-56 win in Baltimore to close 2019.
  • It was a tight game for the better part of three quarters with the Big Green trailing by a small margin before taking the lead early in the third quarter and extending the advantage to as many as eight points.
  • Loyola’s Stephanie Karcz posted the 11th triple-double by a Division I player this season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. She also added seven assists.
  • Three other members of the Greyhounds were in double figures.
  • Annie McKenna tied her career high with 21 points and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
  • Anna Luce was also in double figures with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench.
  • Asha Taylor finished with nine points and three rebounds.
  • Elle Louie tallied four points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

SEASON SO FAR

  • Dartmouth finished its non-conference schedule with a 6-7 record.
  • The Big Green went undefeated against opponents from the America East Conference beating Vermont (72-55), Maine (57-41), UMass Lowell (62-51) and New Hampshire (66-47).  
  • The other two wins came against Merrimack (57-52) and at Fairfield (52-51).
  • Dartmouth has been strong at Leede Arena with a 4-1 record and are outscoring teams by 9.4 ppg at home.
  • Annie McKenna is the Big Green’s leader in scoring (13.2 ppg), assists (4.2 apg), steals (1.5 spg), minutes, made field goals, made 3-pointers, and free throw percentage.
  • Anna Luce is second on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) and is second in field goal percentage (47.1).
  • The sophomore duo of Asha Taylor and Katie Douglas combine for 14.3 points per game.
  • Paula Lenart leads the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg) while scoring 6.2 ppg.

REBOUNDING IS KEY

  • Dartmouth absolutely needs to win the rebounding battle to be successful.
  • The Big Green are 6-1 when they outrebound teams and 0-6 when their opponent pulls down more boards.
  • Especially against bigger Ivy League opponents, Dartmouth will rely on Lenart for rebounds who is fifth in the Ivy League and second in offensive rebounds (3.2).
  • Elle Louie will also have to continue to crash the boards, she is second on the team (5.2 rpg) and Anna Luce is third in rebounding (5.0 rpg).

REVISITING THE PRESEASON POLL

  • The top teams in the poll were voted to finish strikingly similar to where they finished last season.
  • Two-time defending champion Princeton along with Penn were tied for first place with 125 points, the only thing separating them were 10 first-place votes for the Tigers and seven for the Quakers.
  • Harvard checked in at third place with 95 points, while Yale was predicted to snag the final tournament spot with 90 points.
  • Rounding out the poll was Cornell in fifth (60), Columbia and Dartmouth tied for sixth (47) and Brown in eighth (23).

IVY OPENERS

  • Harvard holds an 11-9 record over the past 20 years that the Big Green and the Crimson have opened Ivy play against each other.
  • The last win for Dartmouth over Harvard came on Jan. 6, 2018 in Hanover.
  • The Big Green went 6-1 in Ivy openers from 2004 through 2010.
  • Since 2011 Harvard is 7-2 over Dartmouth to start the conference slate.

SCOUTING HARVARD

  • Harvard was solid in non-conference play and enters Saturday with a 9-4 record.
  • Notable wins for the Crimson came over Boston University (66-39) and Maine (69-40).
  • The biggest win of the year was at home against California (56-53).
  • Harvard averages 59.4 ppg (seventh in Ivy League) and allows 55.0 ppg (third in Ivy League).
  • Freshman Lola Mullaney is Harvard’s top scorer (15.1 ppg), she also grabs 3.7 rebounds per game.
  • Jeannie Boehm nearly averages a double-double (9.8 ppg. 9.9 rpg) while leading the team in blocks (1.4 bpg).
  • Maggie McCarthy averages 7.9 ppg and 7.2 rpg and leads the team with 3.1 apg.

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE CRIMSON

  • These teams have faced each other 84 times dating back to 1976 and Harvard holds a 49-35 record over Dartmouth.
  • Since 2000, Dartmouth is 16-27 against the Crimson.
  • Dartmouth is 2-7 in the last nine meetings.
  • The Big green are 19-22 all-time against Harvard at Leede Arena

HARVARD’S LAST TIME OUT

  • The Crimson defeated Rhode Island in overtime at home, 61-58, on Dec. 30.
  • Harvard trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter and made two free throws to tie the game at 51 with 15 seconds remaining to send it to OT.
  • Four players scored in double figures for Harvard.
  • Jeannie Boehm finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

FOLLOW ALONG
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
 
WHAT’S AHEAD?
Dartmouth and Harvard meet again on the 25th in Cambridge at 2 p.m. to finish the regular season series.

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