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Princeton women stay unbeaten with 70-31 rout of Dartmouth

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Alex Wheatley scored 20 points and Michelle Miller added 12 to lead No. 16 Princeton to a 70-31 win over Dartmouth on Friday night and keep the Tigers undefeated.

Annie Tarakchian had 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Tigers (24-0, 8-0 Ivy), who are the lone unbeaten team in women’s basketball. The Kentucky men’s basketball team is the only other undefeated team in Division I college basketball.

Princeton trailed 5-2 early before going on a 13-2 run fueled by Wheatley to take control. She had six points during the burst.

A free throw by Lakin Roland cut it to 15-8 with 13:24 left. The Big Green only had one basket over the next 13-plus minutes as Princeton took command.

Olivia Smith’s layup with 6 seconds left ended a 1 for 18 shooting slump for the Big Green (11-12, 2-7).

They trailed 30-12 at the half.

Dartmouth’s offensive woes continued in the second half. Princeton scored the first 12 points after the break, including six by Wheatley. The Big Green didn’t get their first basket of the second half until Andi Norman hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:39 left. That just made it 58-19.

The Big Green had missed their first 12 shots.

That 3-pointer got Norman going as she hit two more after that, providing the only real offense for Dartmouth. She finished with nine points.

TIP-INS:

Dartmouth: The Big Green have dropped seven of their last eight games. … Dartmouth last beat Princeton in 2009.

Princeton: The Tigers rebounded from their closest game of the season — a six-point win over Yale. They have won by an average of 25 points a game. … Coach Courtney Banghart, who starred at Dartmouth in college, is now one victory short of tying the Princeton record for career wins (163) set by Joan Kowalik.

UP NEXT:

Dartmouth: at Penn on Saturday.

Princeton: hosts Harvard on Saturday.

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