Princeton Sweeps the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games
PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/16/2023 –
The Ivy League most heated rivalry featured two games on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. In women’s basketball the University of Pennsylvania traveled to Princeton University for an afternoon game. A few hours later the men’s team played at the Palestra.
By the end of the day, it belonged to the Princeton Tigers who beat the Penn Quakers in women’s basketball in New Jersey, then the men’s team downed Penn at the Palestra.
Princeton 55 Penn 40
It was all Tigers at Jadwyn Gymnasium as Princeton got the best of Penn on both ends of the floor in the win. By the 5th game of the season in the Ancient Eight no team is undefeated and five schools are within a game of each other for the four postseason tournament berths. Princeton and Harvard are tapping on the door. It is early. Penn is tied with Columbia and Yale at 4 – 1 with the Quakers owning a win over the Lions, and have a game with the Bulldogs on Saturday.
In the afternoon game Penn did not score and Princeton had their offense flowing.
In the first half only two Quakers scored; Kayla Padilla and Jordan Obi who took 20 of the 26 first half shots. Padilla had 13 points while Obi 4. The score at halftime was Princeton 31 Penn 17. The Quakers endured a long scoreless streak in the second quarter while the Tigers scored inside and outside. Princeton assisted 10 times on 12 baskets.
It did not improve for the Red and Blue. Obi wound up with a game-best 18 points while Padilla added only 2 to her halftime total. Mandy McGurk added 5 points and Michaela Stanfield scored 2 points. The Quakers made 29.2% (14 for 48) from the floor.
This was the lowest offensive output for the Red and Blue and their 11-game winning streak is over.
Seven Princeton players found the scoring column led by freshman Madison St. Rose with 15 points. Julia Cunningham and Kaitlyn Chen broke double-digits with 11 and 10 points. The Tigers had 19 assists on 22 field goals led by Grace Stone at 5. Three other players totaled 4 assists; Ellie Mitchell, Chen, and Cunningham.
Princeton 72 Penn 60
In the first half the game was back and forth and mostly a one-possession game. The largest lead for either team was four. There 10 lead changes and 6 ties. And neither squad shot the ball particularly well.
It changed midway through the second half. The Tigers lead 38 – 36 with just over eleven and a half minutes left to play. Princeton put the game away behind an 18 – 6 run over the next five minutes. The surge was keyed by Tigers forward Tosan Evbuomwan who began to get to the basket which was the difference according to Quakers Coach Steve Donahue. Princeton closed the game at the foul line making 8 of 12 free throws over the last 2:30.
Penn did not help themselves in the latter twenty making 10 of 33 from the floor. And the Quakers did not make a three-point shot the entire game. The first time that happened in a long time.
Evbuomwan scored a game-high 26 points making 9 of 13 from the floor and 7 of 11 from the free throw line. Ryan Langborg added 13 points. Caden Pierce contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Allocco scored 10 points.
Jordan Dingle led Penn with 21 points making 6 of 22 field goal attempts and sinking 9 of 10 from the line. Nick Spinoso added 12 points.
Princeton stays a top the Ivy League tied with Cornell at 4 – 1. The Tigers improve to 13 – 5 overall.
Penn falls to 9 – 10 and 2 – 3 in the Ivy League dropping into a four-way tie for fourth place. The Quakers take a trip to New Haven to play the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday.