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Dartmouth Earns Date with Cornell

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Dartmouth Big Green rolled up a big lead heading into the final minutes and weathered a storm that saw the Harvard Crimson make the game close in the closing seconds. But key foul shooting and excellent clock management by Chris Wielgus' team secured the win, 68-62, in the first game of the Ivy League Women's Basketball Playoffs.

With 6:48 remaining in the game, the Big Green enjoyed an 18-point lead. But then the Crimson went to work.

Lead by senior guard Lindsay Hallion (Westwood, Mass.) and junior guard Emily Tay (Los Angeles, Calif.), the Crimson cut the lead to five with a minute to go. But Harvard would not get closer as Dartmouth's Kristen Craft (Marshalltown, Iowa), Koren Schram (Batesville, Ark.) and Betsy Williams (Norwich, Vt.) all hit free throws down the stretch.

By virtue of the win, the Big Green earned the right to contend for the Ivy League's automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Tournament on Sunday at 2 pm against Cornell. The game will be held at Columbia's Levien Gymnasium.

In addition, Dartmouth has upped its record to 15-14 on the year and has now assured itself of at least a NIT berth.

- A.S.