BURLINGTON, Vt. Facing its first road test of the season Sunday, the Dartmouth women's basketball team came away with a 24-point victory over Vermont, defeating the Catamounts 66-42 at Patrick Gymnasium.
Dartmouth improves to 2-0, while Vermont drops its record to 1-1. Senior Isalys Quinones led the way with 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while sophomore Anna Luce set a new career high with 13 points and six rebounds on 6-8 shooting. Junior Annie McKenna had an impressive line with five points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Elle Louie finished with nine points.
"Really proud of our team effort today, said Belle Koclanes, the Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We have been emphasizing the defensive side of the coin and we wanted to learn from Friday night by being more aggressive and having our defense generate our offense. Total team effort, everyone had a chance to play and it was great to see our freshman out there. Vermont is great team and program and we were able to play our game today." Koclanes continued.
Dartmouth fell behind as offense was hard to come by in the beginning of the game. The Catamounts got off to an 8-2 advantage over the first six minutes of play. Dartmouth's offense got started when Kealy Brown hit a pair of free throws to pull the Big Green to within four points. After another Catamount layup, Brown drilled a triple, but Vermont answered with a quick 5-0 run to extend its lead to 13-7 with 2:38 to go in the first.
From then on out, it was all Dartmouth in the closing minutes of the first and the second quarter. The Big Green closed the first quarter on a 5-0 run to make it a 15-12 deficit. The offense continued in the second, Katie Douglas sank a three and Quinones hit a jumper in the paint to complete a 12-0 run for Dartmouth and give the Big Green a 19-15 lead with 5:19 left on the clock. Dartmouth did not stop for the rest of the half, a second long ball from Douglas gave the Big Green a 35-22 advantage at the half. Dartmouth outscored Vermont, 23-7 in the second quarter.
The runs came in bunches as the Big Green outscored the Catamounts 7-2 to open the third and extend the lead to 44-24 with 6:39 to go in the quarter. Vermont began it find its shot late and both teams traded buckets for the rest of the third. Dartmouth took a 51-32 lead into the fourth.
A 9-0 run started the final quarter for the Big Green with baskets from Quinones, McKenna and Luce to give Dartmouth a 60-32 lead with under seven minutes to go. Asha Taylor hit a three and Veronica Kelly made a jumper for their first career points in the final seconds to cap off the win for the Big Green.
Dartmouth is off until the Lady Rebel Roundup hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. They take on Middle Tennessee at the Cox Pavilion on Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy: Dartmouth Athletics