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#RoadToIvyMadness Continues At Jadwin Against Columbia and Cornell – GoPrincetonTigers.com

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton welcomes Columbia (Jan. 12) and Cornell (Jan. 13) to Jadwin Gym this weekend in the first Ivy League weekend of the season. The Columbia matchup is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off while the Cornell contest will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. Each game will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.
 
Before we take a look at the first Ivy back-to-back, let’s take one last look at the Penn game last Saturday…
 
Penn’s Struggles Stopping The Three-Pointer – Princeton sank six treys in the first half as it raced out to a 31-28 lead. In that half, Gabrielle Rush did not miss, going 5-of-5, making four three-pointers. The Tigers finished with eight three-pointers in the game.
 
Michelle Nwokedi – The 2017 Ivy Player of the Year was held to 4-of-15 from the floor (26.6 percent). She completed the game with nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists, but missed all four of her three-point attempts. The senior was 1-of-8 in the second half.
 
Eleah Parker – Coming into the game with three straight Ivy Rookie of the Week accolades, Parker had a quality game against Princeton with 14 points, seven rebounds and a block. However, the Tigers did force her to take 15 shots to reach her 14 points. The freshman registered four points after halftime, turned the ball over three times and had three fouls.
 
Carlie Littlefield The Princeton freshman ended Parker’s run as Ivy Rookie of the Week as she collected the honors on Monday for her performance against Penn. While Littlefield only scored eight points, all eight came in the second half. Her most impressive basket came as Princeton was trying to put the game away with 1:47 to go. The freshman dribbled across the court, made a defender fall over and laid it in. She added five assists, and six rebounds on the offensive end as well. Defensively, the point guard was lights out, creating havoc against Penn. Littlefield helped hold Anna Ross to just 3-of-10 shooting and Lauren Whitlach to 3-of-8.
 
Winning Vibes – Princeton pushed its winning streak to five with its victory over Penn. After a trey from Penn’s Princess Aghayere got the home team within eight (61-53) with four minutes to go, but Princeton shut the door defensively. The Tigers did not allow a basket over the final four minutes and made all five free-throws in that stretch to put the game away. Penn’s 32.8 percent shooting was its lowest since a loss to No. 2 Notre Dame on December 9th.
 
On to Columbia and Cornell …
 
Camille Zimmerman – Already the program’s all-time leading scorer, Zimmerman is the top scorer in the conference at 20.0 points per contest. She also leads the Ivy in field goals made (108), field goals attempted (225), free throws made (78) and free throw attempts (90). She’s second in the league in rebounding (8.8) behind Bella Alarie (9.2). Last season, the senior registered 51 combined points on 17-of-40 shooting (42.5 percent).
 
Columbia Three-Point Field Goal Defense – The Lions are one of the best teams in the country in defending the three-point line (23rd, 27.0 percent). Opponents have made just 40 percent of their treys once in their last nine games against Columbia. Last year, in two victories, Princeton was 12-of-27 (44 percent) against Columbia from beyond the arc.
 
Samantha Widmann – Widmann has led Cornell in scoring in nine of its 13 contests so far this season. She has registered double-digits in nine of 13 games for the Big Red, including four 20+ point performances and a career-high 28 points vs. Oakland. Princeton did a good job defending her last season as she totaled five points.
 
Cornell’s Offense – While the Big Red have won two straight games, the offense has struggled overall this season. Cornell ranks 306th nationally in field goal percentage (36.4) and 308th in scoring offense (57.9). The Saturday opponent for Princeton has scored under 50 points four times and shot under 35 percent in five games.
 
Gabrielle Rush – In her first nine games, Rush was 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from deep, but is 47.8 percent from beyond the arc in Princeton’s five-game streak. She finished with 17 on 6-of-9 from the field, adding six rebounds last Saturday at Penn.
 

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