For the fifth consecutive season the Princeton women’s basketball team will see postseason play, as the Tigers are headed to the WNIT following their 80-64 loss to Penn Tuesday at Jadwin Gym in the regular season finale.
With the loss Princeton concludes its four-year run as the Ivy League’s supreme and finishes the regular season at 20-8, 11-3 Ivy, while Penn heads to the NCAA tournament with a 22-6, 12-2 Ivy record after winning its third Ivy title.
Princeton worked tirelessly, especially behind second half surges, but ultimately could never overcome Penn’s consistent shooting all evening. The Quakers never trailed and only saw the score tied once, 2-2, at 18:43.
The Quakers built a double figure lead by 9:45, 16-5, and never saw it dip lower than seven over the opening period.
Blake Dietrick drained a triple at 6:29 to make it 20-13, but it would not be enough to create something for the Orange and Black and both sides would trade baskets down the stretch.
Unable to seize control, Princeton trailed Penn 32-19 at the break.
The Tigers opened the second half with a 4-0 run, but Penn hastily supplanted it with a 10-0 run of its own and from there the Quakers’ lead would teeter around the 10-point mark.
Princeton saw its best attempt at swinging the game’s momentum behind Annie Tarakchian’s put back that opened up an individual 7-0 run nearing the 14-minute mark, making it a 10-point game, 42-32.
From there baskets were traded and Princeton was unable to ever garner enough pull to create a big momentum push.
Princeton finished shooting 37.5 percent (24-for-64) from the field, behind a trio of double figure scorers in Dietrick (14), Michelle Miller (12) and Tarakchian (12).
Penn shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56), guided by Alyssa Baron’s game-high 23 points. The Quakers were able capitalize on Princeton’s 16 turnovers which resulted in 25 points and extended their final cushion at the line on 20-of-27 shooting.
The Tigers will now await the WNIT Selection Show on Monday, Mar. 17 to find out their first round opponent.
Postgame Notes: Princeton ends four-year Ivy League championship run … this only the second time and first since 1995 the final game of the regular season served as a championship game in Ivy League history … Princeton’s first appearance in the WNIT was 1996.