Princeton University

Robinson’s Double-Double Paces Princeton In Comeback Victory Over Yale, 74-62 –

PRINCETON, N.J. – Behind Leslie Robinson‘s second straight double-double and third of the season, the Princeton Tigers used a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Yale Bulldogs, 74-62, at Jadwin Gym on Saturday evening.  
Robinson scored 16 points, set a career high with 15 rebounds and six assists. Freshman Bella Alarie added her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds along with three assists, a steal and block. Junior Tia Weledji led the team with 17 points in the victory. It was the second consecutive game for the Tigers with four players in double figures.
The Tigers began the contest with six of the first eight points before an 8-2 spurt by the Bulldogs put them in front (10-8) for the first time at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter. The two teams went back and forth before the score settled at 15-all after 10 minutes.
Princeton created some separation in the second frame as it rattled off seven consecutive points to take a 22-18 lead with 6:48 to go in the half. Tied at 24-all, the Bulldogs dropped in 14 of the next 18 points to take its largest lead of the contest, 36-28, as the clock ticked near a minute to go. The Tigers cut their deficit to four (36-32) as the teams headed into the locker room. The road squad went 14-of-29 (48.2 percent) from the floor and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half.
After the Tigers registered the first two buckets for the second half, the Bulldogs secured five straight to take a 43-38 lead with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter. Princeton responded to get back within one (48-47), but Yale snagged eight of the last 10 points of the frame to lead 56-49.
Back-to-back treys and a jumper from Weledji sent the Tigers back in front, 57-56, just 2:22 into the final stanza. After the Ivy League rivals exchanged the lead four times over a one minute span, The Tigers put the clamps down on defense as it held the Bulldogs to one basket over the last 6:09 game action. During that stretch, Yale went 1-of-9 while Princeton was 3-of-4 and made seven free throws to ice the game. For the quarter, the Tigers shot 77.8 percent, outscoring the Bulldogs, 25-6, along with pulling down nine more rebounds.
Yale’s Tamara Simpson had a game-high 22 points while Lena Munzer (13 points) and Jen Berkowitz (11) also scored double digits. The Bulldogs were held to 37 percent (10-of-27) in second half and 3-of-15 (20 percent) in the fourth quarter.
Princeton improved to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League while Yale dropped to 9-6 this season and 0-2 in the conference. The Tigers will take an extended break and return to Jadwin on Feb. 3. Tip-off is schedule for 7 p.m.

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