The Dartmouth Big Green held off a late rally by the Vermont Catamounts to post a 66-62 victory in women's basketball action at Leede Arena on Monday evening. Dartmouth improves to 1-1 on the season, while Vermont falls to 0-2 overall.
The Catamounts trailed by nine with 2:08 left in the game. Vermont cut the lead to two, 62-60, with 1:30 remaining, behind four straight free throws from junior Niki Taylor and a long 3-pointer by freshman Kristina White.
Dartmouth went 3-for-4 from the foul line in its next two possessions to push back out to a five-point advantage UVM pulled within three after a basket by Kayla Burchill with 36 seconds left, but that's as close as the Catamounts could get in the final seconds.
The tightly contested game featured seven lead changes and neither team led by more than four points in the first 15 minutes of the game.
At 5:51 mark of the first half UVM's Sam Brenner converted a layup to even the score at 16-16. Dartmouth answered with a 10-2 run, including six points from Fanni Szabo, to pull out to an eight-point advantage, the largest lead by either team in the first half.
The Catamounts climbed back within three, but Nicola Zimmer hit a shot at the halftime horn and Dartmouth took a 28-23 lead into the break.
Taylor finished the game with a team-high 18 points, 16 in the second half, and White, who was named the America East Rookie of the Week earlier in the day, added 13 points. Taylor also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Catamounts.
Szabo poured in a game-high 31 points, on 10-for-15 shooting, to lead the Big Green. She also collected seven rebounds and Zimmer added 10 points to round out the top scorers for Dartmouth.
Vermont will have 11 days off before it returns to the court on November 22-23 when the Catamounts host the TD Bank Classic. The 2013 tournament field includes North Florida, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Siena. UVM hosts North Florida on November 22 at 7 p.m. and the consolation and championship games will be plays on November 23 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
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