HANOVER, N.H. – Yale came into Hanover and earned a 57-50 win over Dartmouth, thanks to excellent play in the first and fourth quarters and an outstanding performance from Jen Berkowitz. The Bulldogs snap a 2-game losing streak and improve to 11-9 (2-5 Ivy), while the Big Green falls to 6-14 (1-6 Ivy). The game was rescheduled from Friday due to snow.
The Bulldogs came out of the gates red-hot, making six of ten 3-point attempts in the first quarter to open up a 22-12 lead. Meanwhile, Dartmouth went 0-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, Dartmouth tightened up on defense, and Yale went cold from long distance. The Big Green crept back into the game as a result, and Yale led 28-22 at the half.
In the third quarter, Dartmouth junior Amber Mixon made an agile baseline move, setting herself up to make a layup and draw a foul, That play catalyzed an 11-2 run that gave Dartmouth its first lead of the game. Yale regained the lead, but Fanni Szabo grabbed a defensive rebound with 7 seconds left in the quarter, dribbled to the three-point line and nailed a 3 at the buzzer to give Dartmouth a 42-41 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Yale went back to what worked well early in the game. Dartmouth dared Yale to shoot threes, and the Bulldogs accepted the challenge. Jen Berkowitz and Lena Munzer made open threes as part of a 12-0 run to start the quarter.
Dartmouth got within striking distance one last time when Kate Letkewicz hit a 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining to make the score 55-50 in favor of Yale. After subsequent misses on both ends, Joel E. Smilow '54 head coach Allison Guth called timeout and drew up a play that gave freshman Bronwyn Davies an open look at a baseline jumper as time was running down on the shot clock. Davies said afterwards, "My mentality on the shot was that there were six seconds left on the clock, so I needed to get a good shot up. I knew if I made it a 7-point and 3-possession game, Dartmouth would have a difficult time closing up the gap." She made the shot with 35 seconds left in regulation to put the game out of reach.
Davies had only logged double-digit minutes once heading into the game, and she had never converted multiple field goal attempts. Against Dartmouth, she set career highs with 8 points in 18 minutes played.
Junior Jen Berkowitz was the star of the game, recording a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Her 21 points tied a career high, which she set just two games ago on Feb. 3 against Columbia. But Berkowitz thought her teammates deserved plenty of credit too. "I think that was truly a team win," she said. "We shared the ball and everyone contributed. I think we did a great job pushing the ball and getting important stops when we needed them most."
Four of Berkowitz's ten rebounds came on the offensive glass, which represented a broader trend in the game. Yale outrebounded Dartmouth 50-36, including a 15-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Senior Lena Munzer also rebounded well, grabbing 9 boards to go along with 13 points on 3-for-4 from 3-point range. After the game, Munzer said, "We knew we had to come out and throw the first punch. That's something that we've been struggling with the past two games and tonight we did an awesome job of coming out with fire from the tip. I'm proud of this team and for sticking together when things got close down the stretch. This was definitely a step forward for us."
Junior Olivia Smith had a strong performance for Dartmouth in the loss, leading the team with 16 points and tying for the team lead with 9 rebounds. Senior Fanni Szabo scored 12 points while sophomore Isalys Quiñones had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Yale has a quick turnaround with a game at Harvard (17-3, 5-2 Ivy) tomorrow. Initially slated for Saturday, the game was rescheduled due to snow. Yale now takes on Harvard Sunday at 4 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity