Men's basketball heads to Florida as women look to bounce back against Delaware at home| Nov 30, 2017
Princeton men’s basketball will face University of Miami this Saturday at 8 p.m. The team will compete at a neutral location in Miami, where the Tigers will have the opportunity to test an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent before entering Ivy League play in the New Year.
Princeton’s record is 2–4, with the team coming off a loss-free Lehigh last Wednesday.
“I think we need to work on stringing 40 minutes together. We had a good first half against Fairleigh Dickinson and a good second half against Lehigh, so now it comes down to just keeping the energy for the entire 40 minutes,” said sophomore Will Gladson.
After losing three starters, the team is working to rebuild by experimenting with different lineups. Princeton has especially looked to its strong first-year class for support on the court this year. First-years Ryan Schwieger and Sebastian Much have recently made key plays off the bench, helping the team a great deal. UMiami is coming in 6–0, fresh off a win over Minnesota. It will be a challenging matchup for the Tigers.
“They’re great in transition,” said Gladson, adding that "transition has been a problem for us somewhat this year.” Miami plays fast; its lineup features size and speed, including five-foot, seven-inch guard Chris Lykes and 6’11” Dewan Huell.
“Our schedule only gets harder from here — we have a couple top-10 teams lined up,” said Gladson. “As coach always says, we’re built to beat the best teams on our schedule, so if we can knock off some of these top 25 teams, then that would be great, especially going into conference play. We’re just trying to get better everyday.”
Princeton women’s basketball will play the Delaware Hens this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers hope to bounce back after a close loss to Villanova last Wednesday. In that game, the team was unable to narrow a nine-point deficit with four minutes left, and lost by three. With a 3–2 overall record, Princeton has faced some challenging out-of-league ACC opponents in Villanova and Georgia Tech.
“Villanova was a top-25 team. It would have been huge to beat them, but to know that we were toe-to-toe with them says a lot about our team and the future of our season,” said sophomore Bella Alarie. “It came down to little plays. Coming off of this past game, we definitely need to keep our energy up in every quarter and not let leads get to our head.”
Alarie has had an exceptional season, and had a stellar performance against Villanova, with a career-high 29 points. On her recent performance, Alarie remarked, “My goal every game is to get a double-double. Trying to stay versatile is my biggest goal on offense.”
The matchup with Delaware will be an interesting one for Alarie. “I used to play AAU basketball with [its] star player [Nicole Anabosi]. She’s averaging a double-double so we’re definitely going to have to shut her down,” noted Alarie. The Hens have a 4–3 record overall; their last game was a one-point victory against St. Bonaventure.
With five more games remaining before Ivy League play commences, Princeton hopes to build its confidence and “get [its] record up," as Alarie noted.