Penn Falls to Princeton in Battle of Ivy Leaders

PRINCETON, NJ 2/25/2020 – Quite simply, it was Princeton’s night. The Ivy League leading Tigers defeated the University of Pennsylvania Quakers 80 – 44 at Jadwin Gym. The 25th ranked Princeton Tigers extended their winning streak to 18 games and improve to 22 – 1 overall.

Penn got behind quickly. They could not find their offense getting 13 points in the first half, 5 in the second quarter. They went into the locker room trailing 34 – 14. For the Red and Blue it was too steep of a hill to climb.

“Tonight was not our night,” Penn Coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We couldn’t get anything going.”

“They took away a lot of our actions, and we didn’t respond well.”

It was the second fewest points Penn scored in a quarter. They had 2 against Harvard in January of this year. The halftime total tied their lowest offensive output also at Harvard.

The Tigers extended the lead to as many as 29 points in the third quarter. Quaker freshman Kayla Padilla tried to lift the team back into contention. She scored a game-high 24 points, and 15 came in the third quarter. But no other Quaker players scored more than one basket.

“We struggled to score and their three-point shots felt like six or eight point shots,” McLaughlin said. “We could never recover. We lost our way a little, and give them credit for that.”

Bella Alaire led the Tigers with 21 points making 9 of 21 from the floor. Ellie Mitchell contributed 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Abby Meyers got 11. As a team the Tigers made 11 of 22 from beyond the arc.

Princeton goes to 10 – 0 in the Ivy League while second place Penn falls to 7 – 3, and their seven game Ancient Eight win streak comes to an end. The Tigers can clinch the title outright next weekend.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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