PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton used a balanced attack with four players in double figures in a decisive 72-52 victory over George Washington on Friday evening.
Princeton 72, George Washington 52 – Recap / Highlights
The Court Report – Episode 1
A Summer of USA Basketball with Bella Alarie and Courtney Banghart – Video
Five Things To Watch Out For Against George Washington – Story
- An Encore?
Bella Alarie opened up the 2017-18 season with a quality performance against the Colonials, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor, scoring 13 points. She added eight rebounds, blocked two shots, dished out an assist and stole a pass in the victory. The sophomore has at least 10 points in 14 of her last 16 contests.
- Who’s Getting A Bucket?
In fact, many players got buckets against George Washington. Tia Weledji led the Tigers with 18 points, while Carlie Littlefield (14), Alarie (13) and Leslie Robinson (11) each scored in double-figures. Weledji’s 18 points were two shy of her career-high. Five other players scored for Princeton in the win.
- George Washington’s Brianna Cummings
The A-10 preseason All-Defensive Player and her squad struggled to stop Princeton as the Tigers shot 48.2 percent from the field. The Tigers had two 20+ point quarters and used a strong third frame, outscoring the Colonials by 18, in running away with the victory.
- You Get A Rebound, You Get A Rebound, Everyone Gets A Rebound!
All five starters for Princeton had at least four rebounds while two other players snagged four boards on Friday. Robinson had a game-high 10 rebounds for Princeton while the home team outrebounded George Washington, 42-31.
- Lockdown Defense
Princeton scored 72 points against George Washington, who placed 26th in the country in scoring defense last season (57.1). Last year against the Colonials, Princeton managed just 45 points, 17 baskets and shot just 30.4 percent in a 11-point loss. On Friday, Princeton reached the 45-point mark with 4:38 left in the third quarter, was 27-of-56 from the floor (48.2 percent) and won by 20. Defensively, head coach Courtney Banghart‘s team held the Colonials to just seven baskets in the second half while George Washington was just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc in the loss.
Princeton will travel to the Seton Hall Pirates on Thursday (7 p.m.) before welcoming the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to Jadwin on Sunday (1 p.m.).