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Women's Basketball Unable to Sustain Early Lead, Falls 65-52 to No. 19 UCLA

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/25/2012
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In a game of momentum runs, it was the Princeton women's basketball team that was unable to sustain its early advantage and fell 65-52 to No. 19 UCLA Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Tigers led the entire first half, opening the game with an 8-0 run. Princeton saw its advantage as high as 12-4 at 16:03 off a Nicole Hung layin, before the nationally ranked Bruins worked to claw their way back into it. UCLA came as close as 12-9 at the 14:32-minute mark, but Princeton managed to protect its lead.

Triples from Michelle Miller and Blake Dietrick provided the Tigers with their first double figure lead of the afternoon, 21-11, at 11:33 and Princeton appeared to be in control. However as the first half closed in, UCLA rode an eight-point rally to cut down Princeton's once double-digit advantage, 29-28, at 2:16.

Able to cling onto their lead, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 32-31 advantage.

The Bruins employed a 9-2 run to open the second half, taking their first lead at 17:22, 33-32.

Down 41-34 at 13:46, Alex Wheatley dumped in a put back to set up a 7-0 run. Behind their offensive rally, the Tigers tied the game 41-41 off a pair of Mariah Smith free throws at 12:19.

Despite the momentum run, the Tigers were unable to continue to connect on shots and UCLA capitalized going up 50-41 at 6:39. From that point forward Princeton was forced to play catch up, but only managed to get as close as six, 52-46 at 4:32.

Niveen Rasheed scored in double figures for fifth consecutive game, leading the Tigers with 17 points, including going 5-for-5 from the stripe. She also grabbed seven defensive boards.

Wheatley had a team-high eight rebounds, making six offensive boards. She also scored six points, made four steals and dished three assists.

Princeton shot 33.9 percent (19-for-56) to UCLA's 38.7 percent (24-for-62). The Bruins did force 25 Tiger turnovers, which they converted into 34 points.

The Tigers (3-2) return home to kick off a three-game home swing, beginning with local rival Rutgers on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. 


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