Women's Basketball Falls Short at Princeton, 81-70

PRINCETON, N.J. – Blake Dietrick's 27 points powered the Princeton Tigers (14-6, 5-1 Ivy) to a 81-70 victory over the Brown women's basketball team (8-13, 2-5 Ivy) at Jadwin Gymnasium on Friday.  Dietrick finished the game shooting 10-of-12 from the field including a perfect 4-of-4 from long distance.

 

New Jersey native, Lauren Clarke, was one of four Bears scoring in double figures on Friday, as she tallied a team-high 13 points while teammate Sophie Bikofsky added 11.  Freshman Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) matched her career-high of 12 points as she connected on 5-of-8 field goal attempts while Sophie Beutel notched 10 points and five rebounds.

 

Sophomore Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) chipped in with nine points, a career-high nine rebounds, and swatted away two Princeton shots in 21 minutes of action.  Co-captain Jordin Juker, starting her fourth consecutive contest, added eight points and seven rebounds for the Bears on Friday.

 

Wheatley finished with 16 points while Kristen Helmstetter added 13 points for the Tigers.

 

Brown had no answer for the Princeton's duo of Dietrick and Wheatley in the first half, as the two Tigers tallied 14 and 12 points respectively in the opening stanza.

 

After Clarke's trey put Brown up 3-2 early, the Tigers responded with a 15-1 run to put the Bears in a 17-4 hole in the opening minutes.  A trey from Ball and a bucket from Musgrove inched Brown back into it at the 12:02 mark, but Princeton answered with an 8-0 run on the heels of Dietrick's shooting.  Bikofsky, the nation's leader in three-point field goal percentage, got on the board with 3:07 to play as she connected from long distance.

 

Clarke's three with 42 seconds to play in the half cut the deficit to 12 but Princeton countered with a trey from Alex Rodgers to give them a 15-point cushion entering the locker room.

 

Despite outscoring Princeton 39-35 in the final 20 minutes, Brown wasn't able to cut the margin under double digits.

 

Continuing her recent strong play, Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) drew contact and converted layups on two separate occasions Friday night to keep the Bears close.  Bikofsky knocked down her second trey of the night at the 14:39 to cut the deficit to 14 but Princeton once again answered as Michelle Miller scored from long distance to up the lead to 17.

 

With just under eight minutes to play, Clarke sank a long distance trey to cut the Tigers' lead to 66-53.  The Bears eventually got the margin down to 11 before Princeton salted the game away with an 8-0 run in the closing minutes.

 

Brown returns to action on Saturday as they travel to Philadelphia to face off against the Penn Quakers at the historic Palestra at 7 p.m.