Women’s basketball sweeps Cornell and Columbia to remain undefeated in Ivy League play
This weekend, the women’s basketball team (16–4, 8–0 Ivy League) faced back-to-back Ivy League opponents at Jadwin Gymnasium, beating Cornell (7–12, 2 –6) in a blowout 75–37 win. , then taking care of Columbia (16–4, 7–1) 57–39.
On Friday, the Tigers’ strong defense kept Cornell from scoring for the first eight minutes of the game, and at halftime the Tigers were leading 35-14. They were able to maintain that 20-point advantage throughout the second half, eventually doubling Cornell’s score as they won 75–37.
“We split the ball really well,” Tigers head coach Carla Berube told the Daily Princetonian. “People stepped up and the off-bench players made some really good contributions, like [sophomore guard] Maddie Plank and [first-year guard] Adaora Nwokeji at the end. It’s a very good team victory. »
Plank had two three-point shots and Nwokeji scored in the final 20 seconds of the game, both making major contributions after coming off the bench late.
Junior guard Grace Stone had a particularly strong game, scoring 14 points, grabbing seven rebounds and providing five assists. Other impressive performances included 12 points from senior guard Abby Meyers and 11 points from junior guard Julia Cunningham.
“It’s our first straight weekend in the Ivy League,” Coach Berube said after the win over the Big Red. “Were excited. Columbia is a very strong team so it will be a big challenge here and we are looking forward to this opportunity.
Coming out strong in the second half of a straight streak is a tough ask for any basketball team. Doing it against the undefeated Ivy League Columbia Lions is even tougher. The Tigers, however, made it easy, beating Columbia in a 57-39 victory on Saturday night, giving them full control of the Ivy League No. 1 spot.
Princeton was in control early on, refusing to give up their lead for all four quarters. At halftime, the Tigers led 35-16, fueled by stellar offensive performances from Julia Cunningham and Abby Meyers. The two combined for 24 points in the first half, giving the Tigers a comfortable cushion heading into intermission.
The second half was no different for the Tigers, who continued to dominate on both sides of the pitch. Not only did they move the ball more efficiently – finishing the game with 13 assists to Columbia’s five – but they also played passing lanes with great precision, finishing with 11 steals and 23 turnover points.
Cunningham led all scorers with 19 points and five rebounds, followed by Meyers’ 16 points and five rebounds. Grace Stone added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Ellie Mitchell did all the little things in the win, finishing with a game-high 14 rebounds and five assists.
At the game, the athletic department also honored the 36th National Girls and Women in Sport Day. As part of the festivities, the first 100 fans to arrive received a copy of “I Can Do Anything: Stories From the First 50 Years of Women’s Athletics at Princeton”. Author Jerry Price, who is a senior communications adviser and historian for Princeton’s athletics department, was also on hand to sign the books for fans.
The Tigers remain undefeated in the Ivy League at 8-0. They will look to defend their impeccable conference record next Saturday, February 12, when they travel north to face Dartmouth (2-18, 1-7 Ivy).
Matt Drapkin is senior sportswriter for the “Prince” sports section. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @mattdrapkin.
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