PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Blake Dietrick scored 25 points, including the 1000th of her career, to help No. 22 Princeton stay unbeaten with an 83-54 win over rival Penn on Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
The Tigers (17-0, 1-0 Ivy) are one of three undefeated teams left in the country after No. 3 Texas lost at Iowa State earlier Saturday. The Tigers join No. 1 South Carolina and No. 14 Mississippi State as the only teams without losses so far this year.
Princeton, which entered the Top 25 this week for the only the second time in program history, will now go on its annual three-week break for exams. The Tigers were ranked No. 24 in the final poll of 2012. The school became the first from the Ivy League to ever get ranked that season.
This was the first meeting between the schools since Penn beat Princeton last year in the final game of the regular season to win the Ivy League title and end Princeton’s four-year run as league champ.
Princeton, behind its star senior guard Dietrick, jumped out to a 9-2 lead on the Quakers (7-5, 0-1). Penn rallied to within 20-17 before Princeton blew the game open with a 13-3 run. Dietrick got the run started with a 3-pointer for her milestone point. She also added layup after getting a steal.
The Tigers led 35-25 at the half and scored the first 11 points after intermission to put the game away.
Michelle Miller added 15 points and Alex Wheatley 13 for the Tigers. Annie Tarakchian had eight points and a career-best 17 rebounds.
Kara Bonenberger scored 21 points to lead the Quakers.
Penn: The Quakers won their first Big 5 championship this past week when Renee Busch hit a 3-pointer with 25.1 seconds left to help Penn beat Temple 52-50. The school’s previous best finish in the Philadelphia basketball conference was third.
Princeton: The Tigers are 8-0 in Ivy League openers under coach Courtney Banghart. … Blake Dietrick became the 22nd Princeton player to surpass 1,000 career points in the program’s 44-year history. The Tigers returned home for the first time in nearly a month. Their last home game was on Dec. 19, a 71-point win over Portland State. The only Ivy League men’s or women’s team that has gotten off to a better start than the Tigers is the 1970-71 Penn men’s team that won its first 28 games.
Penn hosts Richmond on Wednesday.
Princeton visits Harvard on Jan. 30.
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