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  • Dartmouth's Isalys Quinones takes a shot over Boston University's Chiara Tibbett in a game at home on Wednesday, Dec.5,2018.(Valley News - Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth's Cy Lippold drives to the net past Boston University defender Payton Hauck in a women's basketball game in Hanover, N.H., Wednesday, Dec.5,2018.(Valley News - Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jamie Lowery of Wilder, Vt., Dartmouth women's basketball self-proclaimed number one fan, gets a fist bump from Dartmouth head coach Belle Koclanes following the Big Green's victory over Boston University in Hanover, N.H, on Wednesday, Dec.5,2018.(Valley News - Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2018

Hanover — After recently returning from a winless, four-game road trip to the West Coast, the Dartmouth College women’s basketball team heated up Wednesday afternoon during a 64-44 defeat of Boston University.

A crowd announced at 1,743, comprised mostly of school children and their chaperones, contributed to Leede Arena’s sweltering interior and the Big Green (3-4) soared in the sauna-like conditions. The hosts held a 28-16 lead in points from the paint, including a 12-2 edge during the first quarter.

Senior forward Isalys Quinones led Dartmouth with 15 points and seven rebounds, and junior forward Paula Lenart added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kealy Brown had 13 points and five assists, reaching double-digit points for the third consecutive game. The senior from Las Vegas has started every game this season after never starting during her first three seasons, when she averaged no more than 2.3 points per game.

Dartmouth’s diminutive backcourt of 5-foot-2 senior Cy Lippold and 5–5 junior Annie McKenna combined for 18 points, and sophomore guard Elle Louie had a game-high 12 rebounds. She averaged 0.5 boards per contest while playing in only 11 games as a freshman.

The Big Green began the season with defeats of Loyola and Vermont before losing to Middle Tennessee, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton and San Diego on an 11-day trip to Las Vegas and Southern California. However, Boston University (4-3) proved to be a homecoming cure and lost to the Big Green for the fifth consecutive time dating to 1998.

Dartmouth led, 34-26, at halftime and Lippold sank a 3-point basket during the third quarter’s opening seconds, followed immediately by a Terriers turnover. Down, 42-30, the visitors called a time out not long after, but never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Dartmouth, which lost standout guard Kate Letkewicz to graduation earlier this year, was 15-12 overall and 7-7 in the Ivy League last season. The Big Green is 57-89 overall and 24-46 in league play under sixth-year coach Belle Koclanes and has finished eighth, sixth, fourth, eighth and fifth in the Ancient Eight during her tenure.

Dartmouth, which has not posted a winning Ivy League record since going 13-1 during the 2008-09 campaign, plays the second of four consecutive home games on Saturday when it hosts Fairfield (2-5).

Notes: Letkewicz is playing for the CD Magec Tias professional team in Genero, Spain, and is averaging 29.7 minutes and 7.8 points per game for the 2-7 club. … Koclanes and her wife, Jill, Dartmouth’s assistant athletic director for external relations, are the parents of an infant daughter, Riley Harper. … First-year assistant coach Lakin Roland is a 2016 Dartmouth graduate and former Big Green standout who played professionally in France last season. She earned a master’s degree from an English university earlier this year. … Former Dartmouth assistant Addie Mircir, a 2011 Princeton graduate who had been on the Big Green staff since Belle Koclanes’ arrival at the college, was hired as an assistant at her alma mater earlier this year. Another Dartmouth assistant, Steve Harney, left for Rider (N.J) University in July.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.