Alarie Goes For Another Double-Double, Blocks Six Shots In Princeton’s 53-45 Victory Over Lafayette –

EASTON, Pa.  – Behind stellar performances from Bella Alarie and Leslie Robinson, the Princeton Tigers defeated the Lafayette Leopards, 53-45, at the Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday evening.
Alarie registered her 11th career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. She also swatted six shots, one shy of her personal best. She is three points shy of 500 for her career. Robinson had a team-high 15 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and tied her career high with five steals in victory.
The Tigers ran out to a 11-4 lead at the first media timeout (3:37) with the Leopards recording just two baskets during that time. Princeton assisted on each of its five baskets in the first quarter, stretching its lead to 18-9 after 10 minutes of action. Robinson had eight points, five rebounds and three assists in the first frame.
In front by five (20-15) with 6:35 left in the first half, Princeton ran off a 12-2 run in five minutes behind three-pointers from Alarie and Sydney Boyer to take its largest lead of the half, 32-17. Lafayette ended with a flurry, scoring the final five points in the last 41 seconds to cut its deficit to 10 (32-22) at the break.
Trailing by double-digits for most of the third stanza, a jumper from Lafayette’s Drew Freeland as the clock ticked under six minutes set the score at 38-29. A bucket from Alarie, trey from Kenya Holland and layup from Robinson pushed the Tigers’ advantage back to 16 (45-29) before the frame came to a conclusion.
Princeton maintained its big lead in the fourth quarter until Lafayette made one more run. Down by 15, the Leopards used a 12-4 jump to close within seven, 52-45, with 1:25 remaining, but could not get any closer.
Natalie Kucowski had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Lafayette while Anna Ptasinski snagged 12 points in the loss. For the second straight game, Princeton never trailed. The Tigers scored 25 points off of 19 Leopards’ turnovers.
With the win, Princeton improves to 5-2 overall while Lafayette falls to 3-5. The Tigers head on the road to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN3.

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