Ivy League game, another record for the Class of 2013. This time the Princeton
women's basketball team established a new Ivy League win streak record with 33
consecutive victories in its 59-34 win over Cornell Saturday.
The senior class improved to 50-1 in Ivy play over their
three-and-a-half years, making them arguably the most dominant class in Ivy
history. As a team, the 2012-13 version of the Tigers improved to 18-5, 9-0
Princeton limited the Big Red to only five points over the
first 12 minutes to establish a 27-5 advantage behind a 51.9 (14-for-27) first
half shooting percentage. The Tigers also forced 10 turnovers during that span
to prevent the Big Red from supplanting Princeton's early momentum with one of
Niveen Rasheed extended her double figure scoring streak to
22 with 10 of her game-high 14 points over the first period. She also tallied
six boards, and team-bests in assists and steals with five apiece.
Despite putting together its 24th consecutive double figure
conference victory, the Tigers' offense struggled to find fluidity at times.
The squad committed 21 turnovers and Cornell converted them into 11 points.
Along with Rasheed's 14, sophomores Blake Dietrick and
Mariah Smith served as the team's second-leading scorers with eight apiece.
Dietrick had a pair of triples and Smith went 3-for-4 from the field in 17
minutes of work.
Off the glass, junior Kristen Helmstetter grabbed a
game-high nine boards.
With 16:26 left in regulation, a Rasheed layin lifted
Princeton to its largest lead of the night, 40-14, and the squad teetered
around a 20-point differential for the remainder of the game.
The Tigers hit the road for their final regular season road
trip of the year, visiting Harvard on Friday, Mar. 1 and Dartmouth the next