Brown Takes Down Princeton, 98-88; Alarie Breaks Freshman Record –

PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite a freshman record seven blocks from Bella Alarie and a double-double from junior Leslie Robinson, the Princeton Tigers dropped a 98-88 decision to the Brown Bears at Jadwin Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Robinson set a career high with 21 points, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, a block and steal. It was her third double-double of the year. For the second straight game, sophomore Gabrielle Rush set new personal best, dropping in 16 points and five three-pointers. Junior Tia Weledji also registered double-figures, scoring 16 points. Alarie broke the freshman record for blocks in a game previously set by Lehigh Washburn vs. Penn during the 1995-96 season.
Princeton missed seven of their first eight shots as Brown sprinted out to a 13-2 advantage over the first 4:36 of game action. A three-pointer from Weledji broke a Princeton dry spell, cutting the home team’s deficit to eight (13-5). The Tigers continued to push forward, getting within four points (18-14) before trailing 24-19 after the first quarter.
Consecutive long-range buckets from Rush made the game a one-point affair (30-29), leading to a Brown timeout with 7:45 to go in the first half. An 11-5 run from the road squad improve its advantage to seven (41-34) before a layup from Alarie and three-pointer from Rush quickly got the Tigers back in striking distance (43-39) with 1:35 remaining. The Tigers trailed 48-43 at the intermission.
Five straight points out of the break put the Tigers ahead, 50-48, their first lead of the contest. The two teams exchanged leads before a three-pointer from Brown’s Kathleen Ryan (57-56) sent the Bears in front for the rest of the stanza. A 14-3 spurt by the Bears put them ahead by double digits, 71-59, as the clock ticked near a minute and half to go in the third quarter. A trey from Rush and layup from Robinson would make the contest, 75-66, after 30 minutes.
Princeton would get the game within six points on multiple occasions in the fourth frame before a 10-5 outburst from the Bears would put the Ivy League matchup out of reach. The Bears led by 14, their largest of the matchup, with 59 seconds to go before coming out with the win. Brown shot 9-of-18 in the final quarter including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the last minute.
Justine Gaziano had an Ivy League season-high 33 points on 13-of-22 from the floor (59.1 percent). Four other Bears added double-digits in points in Shayna Mehta (17), Abby O’Keefe (12), Erika Steeves (11) and Taylor Will (11). Princeton had 48 rebounds in the game and a season-best 10 blocks in the loss.
Princeton fell to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League while Brown picked up its 10th victory (10-4) of the season and first Ivy League win. The Tigers get right back at it as they welcome the Yale Bulldogs to Jadwin Gym tomorrow (Jan. 14). The game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip and will featured on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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