Women’s Basketball Remains Hot and Wins Eighth Straight, Bests Yale 85-63
The Princeton women’s basketball team proved there would be no let down after its big win at Harvard last week, as the first-place Tigers handedly defeated Yale, 85-63, Friday in New Haven, Conn. to sweep the season series.
Princeton extends its winning streak to eight and improved to 18-6, 9-1 Ivy with the victory, while the Bulldogs dropped to 12-13, 6-3 Ivy.
The Tigers shot 61.1 percent (33-for-54) from the field and limited Yale to 30.3 percent (20-for-66) and held advantages in rebounding (41-29), blocks (6-0) and assists (15-7) to control nearly all facets of the matchup.
Princeton opened with a 4-0 run and quickly expanded it to a 16-6 advantage at 15:24 behind Michelle Miller’s early nine points.
Miller scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half, finishing as the Tigers’ second-leading scorer. She also added five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Yale had no answer for Princeton’s early surge and the Tigers exploded to as high as a 22-point lead, 40-18, off a Taylor Williams layup with 4:11 left in the half.
Williams finished with seven rebounds, matching the game high, and had a game-leading three blocks.
Princeton went into halftime leading 48-26 after shooting 67.9 percent over the opening period.
Behind their substantial lead, the Tigers maintained their momentum and control through the second half despite both sides scoring 37 points each.
The Tigers were paced by five in double figures, led by Kristen Helmstetter’s team-high 17 points. The co-captain went 7-for-9 from the field, including three triples, and matched the game-high with seven rebounds.
Junior Blake Dietrick and sophomore Amanda Berntsen each notched 12 points, with Dietrick tallying a game-high six assists and Berntsen recording four of her own. Alex Wheatley rounded out the top scorers with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the line.
Princeton will head next to Brown for a Saturday meeting at 6 p.m. to conclude its regular season road schedule.