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Bench Plays Big Role in Women’s Basketball's Win over Dartmouth, 76-53

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/01/2014
Courtesy: Noel Valero
Sophomore Amanda Berntsen had nine points and eight rebounds Saturday.
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Still shaking off the rust from its 20-day break, the Princeton women’s basketball team relied heavily on its depth in Saturday’s 76-53 win over Dartmouth at Jadwin Gym.

The trio of sophomore starters, Amanda Berntsen, Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley, put together team-leading statistical performances. Both Miller and Wheatley led the offense for the second straight night with 16 and 11 points, respectively and Berntsen finished with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds to match a personal best.

The first half saw an early battle for control, but the Tigers were able to create a small cushion until the subs guided an 8-2 run to lift them to an 11-point lead, 20-12 at 8:11.

Like Friday night’s game versus Harvard, Princeton was unable to contain its momentum and Dartmouth countered with an 8-0 uncontested run to slice the Tigers’ lead to three. The Big Green managed to make it a one-point game at 2:25, 28-27, but Princeton was able to preserve its advantage and lead 32-29 at halftime.

Everything picked up for Princeton in the second half, as a Blake Dietrick three-pointer put the Tigers up by double figures for good at 14:14, 47-36.

In a balanced attack that saw 26 bench points, Annie Tarakchian and Mariah Smith added eight and six, respectively, and Taylor Williams tallied four boards, a team-high three assists, two blocks and two points. Freshman Jackie Reyneke made her Ivy League debut a memorable one with a career-best seven rebounds and four points.

Princeton finished leading in all statistical categories, including a decisive 44-21 rebounding margin. The Tigers shot 59.6 percent (31-for-52) from the field, while limiting the Big Green to 29.6 percent (16-for-54). Both sides were successful at the stripe, as Princeton was 11-of-14 and Dartmouth was 15-of-19.

The Tigers (11-6, 2-1 Ivy) will hit the road next for a Friday meeting at Columbia and a Saturday contest at Cornell.

Postgame Notes: Princeton welcomed back former captain and 2011 unanimous Ivy Player of the Year in current Big Green assistant coach Addie Micir ’11.

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