Princeton Rolls to 64-38 Victory Against Bears

Providence, RI- First place Princeton University (21-2, 9-0 Ivy) rolled to a 64-38 victory over the Brown women’s basketball team (7-17, 4-6 Ivy) at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday evening. Devona Allgood led the Tigers with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as senior guard Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) led the Brown offense with 10 points.

In a first half that saw 22 turnovers, Princeton was able to gain a 10-5 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. Senior forward Natalie Bonds broke the team’s four-minute drought with a layup at the 6:57 mark to cut Bruno’s deficit to 15-7.

A three pointer by sophomore forward Aileen Daniels put the score at 22-12 with 2:31 left in the first half, and Johnson followed with a jumper on the right side to cut Brown’s deficit to eight. But the Tigers’ Tani Brown nailed a three from the corner to extend the team’s lead back up to 11 with 1:16 left to end the half with a 27-16 advantage over the Bears.

The Bears shot just 28 percent in the first 20 minutes as Princeton shot 37 percent from the floor and was led by Devona Allgood’s eight points and six rebounds.

Princeton continued to roll in the second half, and went on to hold Brown scoreless for nearly six minutes and went on a 13-2 run to gain a 40-18 lead with 11:22 remaining in the game. Princeton’s stifling defense continued to cause havoc for the Bears, as the Tigers went on to extend its lead to 49-24. However, Brown’s Caroline King put in a layup and Johnson picked up a steal and made a layup to cut the deficit to 49-28, and Passafuime added a free throw to cut the score to 49-29 with 4:13 remaining in the game.

The Bears fought to the end but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the tough Tigers, as Princeton came out with a 64-38 win. Brown ended shooting just 24 percent from the field as Christina Johnson led the team in scoring with 10 points and five rebounds.

Princeton went 45 percent from the floor and made 17-of-23 from the free throw line.

The Bears are back in action when it hosts Harvard on Feb. 26 and Dartmouth on Saturday Feb. 27 for its last two home games of the 2009-2010 season.