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Women's Basketball: Big Green upend UNH

Special to the Union Leader

December 06. 2017 12:22AM
The University of New Hampshire's Brittni Lai drives against Dartmouth's Cy Lippold during Tuesday's game at Leede Arena in Hanover. At left is the Big Green's Isalys Quinones. Dartmouth won, 57-49. (MEGHAN PIERCE/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

HANOVER — It was a rout. A blowout. The Dartmouth College women’s basketball team was dead in the water against its in-state rival, the University of New Hampshire. Then they flipped the script.

The Big Green, down 12 early in the third quarter, chipped away at the Wildcats and pulled themselves back into the game, and timely shooting down the stretch got them over the hump for a 57-49 win. It was Dartmouth’s first win in the series since 2009.

The win improved the Big Green to 6-1; it’s the first time Dartmouth has won six of its first seven games this century.

“I think we came out with more pace and energy,” Dartmouth junior forward Isalys Quinones said. “They dominated us in the first half with their pace and energy. We wanted to come out and match it and exceed it. I think that was really the change for us.”

With the game tied at 47 with 1:43 left, junior guard Cy Lippold hit a 3-pointer, one of only two made by the Big Green, to put Dartmouth ahead. Quinones hit a jumper on the next possession to keep the lead at three and added a pair of free throws in the final seconds to put a bow on the victory.

No one was better down the stretch than Quinones, a 6-foot, 3-inch junior from Chula Vista, Calif. She scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Quinones made all three field goals and both free throws in the final period, with her final four points putting the game on ice. She also was tasked with defending UNH’s Carlie Pogue, who scored 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting.

“It’s a great matchup,” Quinones said. “I love the great matchup of a competing post. I was trying to limit her touches. If she can’t touch it, she can’t score it. That was my main goal.”

Lippold finished with 11 points, five assists, four steals, and three rebounds for the Big Green while Emily Slagle added 11 of her own.

UNH (6-3) dominated in the first half. The Wildcats rebounded well and scored regularly on the inside early while Olivia Healy was flawless. Healy scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first half. New Hampshire led by 10 at the break and extended the lead to 12 in the first minute of the third quarter.

The Big Green clawed back thanks to a big free throw advantage and a plus-5 turnover advantage in the second half. Dartmouth shot 15-for-22 from the free throw line compared to just 2-for-6 for UNH. Dartmouth turned over New Hampshire’s senior point guard, Brittni Lai, four times.

“Credit to Dartmouth. They had a great game plan,” New Hampshire coach Maureen Magarity said. “They kept Carlie from doing what she wanted to do, and they forced Brittni into four turnovers.”

Both squads get back at it on Saturday with UNH hosting Manhattan College while Dartmouth welcomes Maine to Hanover.

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