Five Double Figure Scorers Guides Women's Basketball Past Columbia 87-41
Guided by five double figure scorers and a 25-2 scoring run to open the second half, the Princeton women's basketball team handed Columbia an 87-41 loss Saturday evening in New York City. The Tigers extended their tear through the Ivy League, improving to 12-5, 3-0 Ivy on the year and their conference win streak to 27.
Columbia managed to keep the game within a possession until a Niveen Rasheed jumper at 14:41 opened up an 8-1 run to put Princeton up 19-10.
Rasheed recorded her sixth double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds. The guard also dished a team-high five assists in only 24 minutes of action.
At 9:31 Blake Dietrick lifted the Tigers to their first double figure lead, 22-12, of the evening off a three-point play, but it was not enough to swing the momentum for good.
The Lions answered back with four straight and carried that into a 9-3 run to cut Princeton's lead to 25-21 with less than five to play. Their come-from-behind run was halted by consecutive Dietrick treys, as the Tigers went back up by 10, 31-21 at 3:39.
Dietrick finished with 12 points, connecting on all three of her triples down the stretch to guide Princeton to a 38-23 lead at halftime.
Kristen Helmstetter buried a three to open the second half and it was all Tigers from there. Columbia was unable to respond to Princeton's mounting pressure, as the Tigers' lead swelled to 63-25 over the first 4:31 of the half.
Helmstetter notched double figure scoring numbers, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the stripe en route to 11 points.
The Tigers remain on the road next weekend, traveling to Brown on Friday, Feb. 8 and Yale the following evening.