• GoPrincetonTigers.Tv Princeton Store Tickets
  • Donate Live Events Live Stats
ILDN Early Bird Promo
ILDN Early Bird Promo
Football Fireworks C/S Day MM
Close Video

Brown Deals Women’s Basketball Second Ivy Loss, 61-58

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/01/2014
Play Video
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Senior Kristen Helmstetter had 20 points and seven boards Saturday at Brown.
View larger
Box Score Box Score
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

spacer   Article Audio/Video spacer
  Play Video   Watch
Postgame: WBB at Brown - 3/1/14

Box Score

For the first time in nearly five years a team not named Harvard handed the Princeton women’s basketball team an Ivy League loss, as the Tigers suffered a 61-58 upset at Brown Saturday night in Providence, R.I.

Princeton (18-7, 9-2) now sits in an unfamiliar spot with two Ivy losses and no longer maintains sole possession of first place, sharing with Penn. The Tigers do still control their own destiny with three final conference games at home, including a regular season finale versus the Quakers.

Princeton put together its best attempt at control midway through the second half behind Annie Tarakchian’s individual effort. For the second straight week the sophomore provided life off the bench, setting up a Tiger 7-0 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes, 46-42, with 10:39 left in regulation. In less than 60 seconds she had five points, a pair of rebounds, a steal and forced a jump ball.

She finished with nine points, seven rebounds and a game-high four steals.

From there the score would be tied three more times, including a Kristen Helmstetter triple to make it 57-57 with 1:34 left.

Helmstetter’s play was key in Princeton staying within range throughout the 40-minute battle. In 39 minutes, she scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high eight boards.

Similar to the first half the Tigers were unable to contain the game’s momentum and make a final push, seeing Brown close things out with a 4-1 run to earn the victory.

Princeton struggled from the field, shooting 32.3 percent (20-for-62), while Brown was 22-for-42 (52.4 percent). The Tigers did force 22 turnovers, which they converted to 28 points, but Brown relied on its 10-6 three-point advantage to create cushions throughout the evening.

The Bears opened with a 4-0 run, foreshadowing a game of runs and surges. Four Helmstetter points guided a 6-0 Tiger run to give them their first lead at 16:48.

Princeton appeared to find its flow, but it abruptly ended behind a Lauren Clarke triple that changed the landscape for the remainder of the first half.

The Bears’ lead grew as high as eight, 25-17, at 7:14, before Helmstetter and Amanda Bernsten carried the Tigers on another six-point uncontested run to make it a three-point ball game.

Princeton continued to get close to seizing control, but never could parlay it into something definitive and trailed 35-27 at halftime.

Berntsen finished with nine points, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes off the bench, and Blake Dietrick added 13 points.

The Tigers will look to rebound next weekend, hosting Cornell (Mar. 7) and Columbia (Mar. 8).

Postgame Notes: The loss ended Princeton’s 14-game winning streak versus Brown … the Bears dealt Princeton only their fourth Ivy loss since 2010 … Princeton now shares first place in the Ivy League with Penn. 

ETAPVCFriends Groups
Free VideosTiger BlogMore Headlines

TigerBlog , the official blog of Princeton Athletics.

Sept. 19, 2014 - Opening Out West
Tags: Football

Sept. 18, 2014 - 200, Or Is That 202?
Tags: general

Sept. 17, 2014 - Soccer Trumps Meth For A Night
Tags: Soccer

Sept. 16, 2014 - Boycotting At Bedford
Tags: Field Hockey

Sept. 15, 2014 - All-Access: Training Camp
Tags: Football

Sept. 18, 2014 TigerCast
Matt Costello and Garrit Leicht join the debut TigerCast of...
May 15, 2014 TigerCast
Rowers Will Gillis (heavyweights) and Ed Northrop (lightweights)...
May 8, 2014 TigerCast
Molly Higgins and Adam Bragg join TigerCast to discuss the...
Hyatt Slider

PNC Bank
Sports Camps
Athlete of the Week
Presented by Coach USA
Sept. 15 - Lauren Lazo (Women's Soccer)
National Champions
Julia Ratcliffe Wins Title
Championship Streak Now 43
Princeton Sports Properties
Official Corporate Partners
Join the Princeton Corporate Partner Team
Sports Tickets
Proud Partner of Princeton Athletics
Buy and sell college and pro sports tickets
Email Updates
Don't Miss a Minute of the Action
Sign up to receive exclusive Princeton Tiger email updates