Princeton To Battle Maryland In NCAA First Round –

RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 12 seeded Princeton Tigers will be heading to Raleigh, N.C., as they battle the No. 5 seeded Maryland Terrapins on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The game can also be seen on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.
Fans can listen to Friday’s game on the Princeton IMG Sports Network on WPRB 103.3 FM (Princeton) and the TuneIn app (search “Princeton IMG”). Jon Mozes will handle play-by-play with the pregame show beginning 20 minutes prior to tip-off. Fans looking for tickets can check out Princeton Tickets or buy directly through the NCAA.
Before we take a look at the NCAA Tournament, let’s take one last look at the Ivy League Tournament …
Bella Alarie – What more is there to say about the 2018 Ivy Player of the Year? The sophomore was incredible in both games of the Ivy League Tournament. Against Yale, she registered her 20th career double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Her 17 rebounds are a new career high. She matched her 17 boards in the Ivy Tournament Championship against Penn, while adding six blocks. Alarie was selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament Team.
Leslie Robinson – The senior captain was also named to the Ivy League All-Tournament Team after Princeton dominated Penn on Sunday. Robinson scored her 13th double-double against Yale in the Ivy Tournament Semifinal with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block.
Penn – The Quakers moved on to the Ivy League Tournament Championship by holding Harvard to 8-of-33 (24.2 percent) from the three-point line.  Against Princeton, Penn’s 12 baskets and 22.2 percent shooting are their lowest of the season. The Quakers scored a combined 10 points in the first and fourth quarters and were never really in the game.
Harvard – The Crimson lost to Penn in the Ivy League Tournament Semifinal, 57-52. Harvard kept it close with the Quakers with a strong defensive effort, holding Penn to 33.3 percent shooting. Unfortunately for the Crimson, the shots weren’t falling as Harvard was 17-of-66 (25.8 percent). The Crimson were also just 8-of-33 from deep. Katie Benzan scored 20 points for the Crimson and was named to the Ivy League All-Tournament Team.
Yale – The Bulldogs did what they like to do, create turnovers as Princeton had 19 in the Ivy League Tournament Semifinal, However, the Tigers’ offense was too strong, shooting 49.1 percent. Head coach Courtney Banghart‘s unit had three players score in double figures while outrebounding Yale by 26. The 2018 Ivy League Champions also made 10 treys in the game including seven in the second half.
On to the NCAA Tournament …
Princeton is the No. 12 seed in the Kansas City bracket. The winner of the Princeton-Maryland game will take on the winner of the other opening round game in Raleigh, between the fourth-seed North Carolina State and 13th-seeded Elon. That game will be held Sunday, at a time to be determined.
Maryland and Princeton have faced off just twice, the last time coming in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Should the Tigers move on, Princeton has never faced NC State and has battled Elon one time in 2000.
Princeton has been to the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last nine years, all under Banghart. The Tigers last went to the Big Dance in 2016, when they were the first Ivy League team to receive an at-large bid. The team got to this point by winning the Ivy League Tournament after earning the outright conference crown in the regular season. The program has won 13 Ivy titles, 10 of which have been outright.
Be sure to check out more content tomorrow as Princeton will meet the media in Raleigh before a practice on Thursday.

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