Dietrick’s Career High Headlines Women's Basketball's 81-70 Win over Brown
Directed by Blake Dietrick’s career-high 27 points, Princeton pounced early and quickly built a double figure lead en route to an 81-70 win over Brown in Ivy League women’s basketball action Friday night at Jadwin Gym. The victory improves the Tigers to 14-6, 5-1 Ivy, while dropping Brown to 8-13, 2-5 Ivy and extends Princeton’s win streak versus the Bears to 14 straight.
The Tigers will look to prolong their four-game winning streak Saturday versus Yale at 6 p.m. in their annual Princeton Plays Pink game. Fans who wear pink will receive free admission.
Dietrick posted a game high in points for the second consecutive contest, as she went 10-for-12 from the field, 4-for-4 from three-point and 3-of-3 from the line for 27 points in 27 minutes. The point guard did not miss a field goal until the second half, as she was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and hit all three of her free throws over the opening period. The junior also had two defensive boards, three assists and three steals while only conceding one turnover.
Alex Wheatley added 16 points, going 6-of-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the stripe, serving as the second-leading scorer in the game. Kristen Helmstetter rounded out Princeton’s double digit scorers with 13 points, going 7-of-9 from the line with three field goals, a game-high five assists and two steals in 28 minutes of work.
Princeton’s only deficit came less than 90 seconds into the game, as a Lauren Clarke triple put Brown up 3-2 at 18:32. The Tigers responded by scurrying to a 10-point lead, 14-4 at 14:18, and remained ahead by double figures for almost the entire game.
Brown’s only chance at regaining control came when they cut down the Tigers’ budding lead to seven, 21-14 at 8:54. It was not enough to capsize Princeton’s momentum and again the Tigers responded with a run of their own, building as high as a 17-point lead over the remainder of the half.
The Tigers were led by a first half one-two punch of Dietrick and Wheatley, who had 14 and 12 points, respectively to carry them to a 46-31 lead at halftime.
Throughout the contest Princeton was able to rotate and field different lineups, including its starting five. Sophomore post Taylor Williams earned her first career start in place of classmate Amanda Berntsen who was out due to illness. It was the first time since Nov. 26 that the starting rotation experienced a change.
Williams had four points, four rebounds, a pair of blocks, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes in her starting debut.
After leading by nearly 20 in the first half, Princeton continued to dictate the pace of play to close out the contest and never led by less than 11.
Princeton shot 49.2 percent (29-for-59) from the field to Brown’s 36.8 percent (21-for-57), as the Tigers led in rebounding (36-32), assists (18-16), steals (5-3) and blocks (11-7).
Postgame Notes: Due to illness sophomore Amanda Berntsen was unavailable Friday … sophomore post Taylor Williams made her first career start … first starting five change since Nov. 26 versus St. Joseph’s at Jadwin Gym … Princeton has won the last 14 meetings versus Brown … the Tigers are 39-29 all-time versus Brown ... Blake Dietrick had a career-high 27 points and a Tiger player season high.