Tigers Hold Off Pesky Big Green
Hanover — Princeton was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free thoow line in the final minute to seal a 68-60 women’s basketball win over Dartmouth last night at Leede Arena.
Dartmouth freshman Lakin Roland had a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Megan Boren and Niveen Rasheed each scored 21 points for Princeton.
Nicola Zimmer (11 points) and Abbey Schmitt (10) were also in double-figure scoring for Dartmouth (6-19, 4-7 Ivy League), while Kamala Thompson pulled down 11 rebounds.
Princeton (19-6, 10-1 Ivy League) scored the first basket of the second half, but Dartmouth made a statement on the defensive end with big offensive rebounds leading to points as they extended their lead to 46-39 following the first media timeout of the half.
Princeton clawed back in the game and cut the lead to two-points, 46-44, at the 12:36 mark. With a 8-2 run the Tigers pulled ahead 52-48 and from that point never trailed. Dartmouth cut it to four points three times in the final 3:14, but that was as close as the score would get.
The Big Green jumped out to a 12-8 lead behind a strong start from post players Tia Dawson and Roland. The pair combined for Dartmouth’s first four points while Zimmer and Thompson had two early 3-pointers.
The Big Green held a 18-16 at the 12:12 mark and used a 4-0 spurt to extend its lead to 22-17 with 8:49 left on the clock. The Tigers hit three free throws to cut Dartmouth’s lead to one possession, 22-20, at the 7:58 mark, but the Big Green countered with a 6-2 run highlighted by back-to-back jumpers from Zimmer to extend the lead to six points – the largest Dartmouth lead of the half.
Princeton, n.j. — Will Barrett scored a career-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half, as Princeton defeated Dartmouth to take over the Ivy League lead.
The Tigers (16-9, 9-2) had tightened the race for the league’s NCAA tournament berth Friday night with a 58-53 victory over Harvard, whose 75-72 loss to Penn on last night dropped the Crimson to 9-3 in the league.
The Tigers, however, will go on the road for their final three Ivy contests, while Harvard will play its last two at home. If they finish tied, they would meet in a playoff for the second time in three seasons.
Tyler Melville had a career high 23 points for Dartmouth (7-19, 3-9), and Gabas Maldunas had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Melville drained 9-of-11 field goals on the night with a pair of three-pointers, plus converted all three of his foul shots. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Gabas Maldunas, who registered his third double-double of the season with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Big Green hit 24-of-51 (.471) from the floor, but only 4-of-14 (.286) from long range.
Barrett hit two 3-pointers during an 11-2 second-half run that gave the Tigers a 45-33 lead with 9:16 left.
T.J. Bray added 21 points for Princeton.
Dartmouth returns home to close out its season next week when it hosts Cornell (13-16, 5-7 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Columbia (12-14, 4-8 Ivy) on Saturday at 7. Princeton travels to Yale and Brown this weekend before closing its season at Penn on March 12.