PRINCETON — Blake Dietrick likes to tell Niveen Rasheed that she’s going to score more points than her.
Following the final buzzer of the Princeton women’s 67-51 victory over Harvard Saturday night at Jadwin Gym, Dietrick couldn’t help but laugh after Rasheed pointed to the boxscore.
“Totally joking, my goal is to score more than her one day,” Dietrick said. “She told me today I did, so it was funny to have happen on a game like this.”
Dietrick came off the bench and netted a career-high 19 points and Rasheed, Princeton’s leading scorer, had 17 as the Tigers (16-5, 7-0) cruised to their 31st consecutive win in the Ivy League.
The sophomore guard hit five 3-pointers, finishing 7 of 12 from the field.
“I got some extra shots up today,” said Dietrick, who didn’t shoot well in Friday’s win over Dartmouth, going 1 of 6 from long range.
For the second straight night, Princeton got off to a slow start. The Crimson (13-8, 7-3) led by as many as seven early and held a slim advantage midway through the first half.
Then Dietrick started to heat up.
She hit back-to-back 3s, sparking a 12-2 run that put Princeton up 29-21 with 5:10 left until halftime.
Dietrick’s third triple of the half pushed the lead to 11 and her steal and layup inside the final minute sent the Tigers into break up 39-31 after Harvard had chipped away.
“You can live and die by the 3-pointer,” Dietrick said. “If a team is hitting them against you it’s daggers, and if you’re the one hitting them, it gets your team really pumped.”
Since Dietrick didn’t shoot the ball well Friday against Dartmouth, coach Courtney Banghart expected a better performance Saturday.
“She’s a kid that doesn’t like to be bad at anything,” Banghart said. “It was just a matter of time until the ball went back up in the air and she got the chance.”
Kristen Helmstetter added nine points for Princeton and Michelle Miller finished with eight.
Victoria Lippert led the Crimson with 13 points and Temi Fagbenle — Harvard’s British Olympian — finished with 10 and eight rebounds.
“Harvard had their backs against the wall. They had two losses already,” said Banghart, whose team is in complete control of the Ivy and would only fail to lock up the conference’s automatic NCAA bid if the world was to end. “We were down seven and went up eight with a great transition push. We were a little bit out of sync offensively this weekend, but we’ll get the ship righted.”
This was Princeton’s “Play 4 Kay” game, used to raise money for breast-cancer awareness. Jadwin Gym was decorated in pink and the Tiger players wore pink t-shirts during warm-ups.