• GoPrincetonTigers.Tv Princeton Store Tickets
  • Donate Live Events Live Stats
ILDN Early Bird Promo
ILDN Early Bird Promo
Football Fireworks C/S Day MM
Close Video

Women's Basketball Suffers First Ivy Loss Since 2011, Falls at Harvard

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/01/2013
Play Video
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Kristen Helmstetter had a team-high 18 points Friday.
View larger
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

Box Score

For the first time since 2011 the Princeton women's basketball team suffered an Ivy League loss, snapping its 33-game conference winning streak. A sluggish first half put the Tigers down early and Harvard capitalized to upend Princeton 58-55 Friday night in Cambridge, Mass.

Despite a 7-0 run early in the game, it was Harvard that managed to respond to each Tiger scoring rally and prevent Princeton from swinging the momentum.

A flat offense, shooting only 33.3 percent (9-for-27), allowed the Crimson to hold the lead for nearly the entire first half and for the first time all Ivy season Princeton went into halftime trailing, 29-25.

After the break, Kristen Helmstetter scored three consecutive off the stripe to make it a one-point game, 29-28 at 17:01, but the Crimson countered with a 5-0 run to hold off the Tigers again.

Helmstetter finished with a team-high 18 points, going 6-for-8 from the stripe.

Four Mariah Smith points and a put back from Niveen Rasheed carried Princeton on a 6-0 run to tie the game for the first time since the first half, 44-44 with 7:13 to play.

Both sides traded baskets down the stretch, but costly misses prevented the Tigers from building a lead.

Rasheed recorded her 10th double-double of the year with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Princeton shot a season-low 25.8 percent from the field (16-for-62) and relied heavily on its 20 free throws to keep the game within range.

While the Tigers snapped their 11-game winning streak, the lessons learned from Friday's game inevitably will pay dividends as the final month of the season progresses and Princeton fights to remain on top of the Ivy standings.

The Tigers (18-6, 9-1 Ivy) head next to Dartmouth for a Saturday 7 p.m. game in Hanover, N.H.


ETAPVCFriends Groups
Free VideosTiger BlogMore Headlines

TigerBlog , the official blog of Princeton Athletics.

Sept. 19, 2014 - Opening Out West
Tags: Football

Sept. 18, 2014 - 200, Or Is That 202?
Tags: general

Sept. 17, 2014 - Soccer Trumps Meth For A Night
Tags: Soccer

Sept. 16, 2014 - Boycotting At Bedford
Tags: Field Hockey

Sept. 15, 2014 - All-Access: Training Camp
Tags: Football

Sept. 18, 2014 TigerCast
Matt Costello and Garrit Leicht join the debut TigerCast of...
May 15, 2014 TigerCast
Rowers Will Gillis (heavyweights) and Ed Northrop (lightweights)...
May 8, 2014 TigerCast
Molly Higgins and Adam Bragg join TigerCast to discuss the...
Hyatt Slider

PNC Bank
Sports Camps
Athlete of the Week
Presented by Coach USA
Sept. 15 - Lauren Lazo (Women's Soccer)
National Champions
Julia Ratcliffe Wins Title
Championship Streak Now 43
Princeton Sports Properties
Official Corporate Partners
Join the Princeton Corporate Partner Team
Sports Tickets
Proud Partner of Princeton Athletics
Buy and sell college and pro sports tickets
Email Updates
Don't Miss a Minute of the Action
Sign up to receive exclusive Princeton Tiger email updates