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Another Milestone Night Catapults Women's Basketball to 98-36 Win

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/22/2013
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Michelle Miller scored five treys and a career-high 21 points Friday.
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In a season full of team and personal milestones, the Princeton women's basketball team added to its credentials Friday evening versus Columbia. The Tigers tied the all-time Ivy League win streak with 32 consecutive conference victories, a record established by Harvard from 1995-96 through 1997-98 and was snapped fortuitously by Princeton, 56-53, on Feb. 7, 1998.

Megan Bowen headlined the early charge with eight of her 17 points as the Tigers opened with a 15-2 run over the first five minutes and put together another wire-to-wire victory.

Princeton handed the Lions a 98-36 defeat, improving to 17-5, 8-0 Ivy and extending their conference double figure win streak to 23.

By the midpoint of the half senior Kate Miller scored her 500th career point, finishing with seven to bring her to 506 officially, and Princeton held a 24-7 advantage.

The Tigers' shot nearly 50 percent from the field throughout the first half, connecting on 16-of-33 (48.5 percent) by halftime, while taming the Lions to only 9-of-24 and a 46-21 differential.

Niveen Rasheed made seven quick points to open the second half en route to recording her 21st straight game scoring in double figures. She finished with 15 points, eclipsing the 1,500-point mark with 1,512. The guard also surpassed the 800-rebound milestone, grabbing seven boards to bring her total to 802.

As the veterans set the early pace, much could be said about the future of the program - the five freshmen. The quintet saw extended minutes on the floor as a unit and combined for 47 of the bench's 53 points.

Leading the pack was Michelle Miller who scored a career and game-high 21 points, including a career-best five triples. In 24 minutes, the highly effective M. Miller nearly had a point for every minute she was in the game.

Classmate Annie Tarakchian also established a new career-high with 10 points, scoring in double figures for the first time.

With 14 seconds left in regulation, Amanda Berntsen made her third steal and the Tigers could have attempted to score that elusive 100th point, but head coach Courtney Banghart had them run out the clock instead.

With that milestone still ahead, the Tigers look forward to their next game tomorrow versus Cornell. Tip is slated for 6 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.

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