they have done for the past three years, the Princeton women's basketball team put
together another dominating Ivy League victory. This time the Tigers dropped
Penn, 77-47, in their 2013 Ivy season opener Saturday afternoon at Jadwin Gym.
With the victory, Princeton not only improves to 10-5, but also extends its Ivy
winning streak to 25 and home winning streak to 14.
Megan Bowen powered the Tiger offense with a team-high 14
points, matching a career-best with seven field goals (7-for-10). Joining Bowen
in double figures was junior Kristen Helmstetter, who had 12 points and tied a
career-high with seven assists. The forward made her first career Ivy League
start versus the Quakers, seeing 25 minutes of action.
Bowen and Helmstetter combined for Princeton's first 11 of
13 points, as the Tigers opened on an immediate 13-0 tear by the fifth minute
of play. From that point forward the Quakers did not have a chance to keep the
game within range.
By the 8:30-minute mark, Princeton established a 20-point
differential, 26-6, as the offense flourished finding the basket. They went into halftime with a 35-16 lead.
Like the first half, the Tiger starting five, including
sophomore Blake Dietrick who made also made her first Ivy start, continued to
dismantle the Quakers' attempts at cutting down the lead.
The Tigers made a season-high 28 assists behind nine dishes
from Dietrick. She finished with eight points and six boards, tying Niveen
Rasheed for rebounding leader.
Scoring in double figures for the 14th time this season and
13th consecutive, Rasheed tallied 10 points, while adding three assists and
three steals to round out Princeton's top scorers.
Princeton committed only eight turnovers, while forcing Penn
to concede the ball 17 times and converted that into 26 points. The Tiger bench
also finished with 26 points, as Michelle Miller accounted for eight to lead
Following a break for finals, the Tigers will resume
conference play on the road with Cornell on Friday, Feb. 1 and Columbia the