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ODU Tops Big Green

Norfolk, Va. — In a game that was much closer than the final score revealed, the Dartmouth College women’s basketball team couldn’t make up a second-half gap in a 73-59 loss to Old Dominion yesterday.

Dartmouth, which trailed 63-51 with 5:56 left in the game, got the score down to six points at the 3:55 mark with foul shots and crucial layups from Nicola Zimmer and Tia Dawson, but couldn’t get any closer.

“Our team played hard, and I’m very proud of them,” Big Green head coach Chris Wielgus said. “I’m very pleased with the strategies that my team was able to follow and especially with the heart that they showed today.”

Co-captains Zimmer and Faziah Steen led the Big Green with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Abbey Schmitt picked up 11 rebounds, reaching double figures in that department for the fourth time this season.

The second half was characterized by runs from both teams. With Dartmouth trailing 57-51 with 7:47 left, Old Dominion used two quick layups to push their lead to 12 points at the 5:56 mark.

“We were able to take them out of what they normally do, said Wielgus. “They showed zone, they played three different presses and that was because our team did a great job of taking away what normally works for them.”

The Big Green is back in action on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. visit to in-state rival New Hampshire.