After a close loss to No. 24 Villanova, the women’s basketball team came into their match against Delaware hungry for a win. A career-high performance from senior guard Tia Weledji would give them just that as the Tigers cruised to a 78-60 victory over the Blue Hens.
Princeton started the first quarter strong with a quick 11-3 lead that led to a Blue Hens time out. Delaware came out in rhythm, managing to cut the deficit to just two points. However, the Tigers would respond towards the end of the quarter to give them a six-point margin. This would be short lived, as the Blue Hens once again seized momentum of the game, tying the game at 19 apiece with just under eight minutes in the half.
Despite the Delaware run, the Tigers kept their composure and would come to control the second half with an offensive avalanche. The Orange and Black went on a 21-5 run to close the half, leading by a comfortable 40-24 advantage. During the Tigers' offensive explosion, the Princeton squad shot an efficient 8 for 12 from the field. Furthermore, the Tiger defense proved just as impressive holding the Blue Hens to just two buckets during this time.
The Delaware side showed their tenacity with two more rallies — once halfway through the third quarter, and another in the fourth. However, each time the Tigers held them off. The Blue Hens would cut the lead to just nine points in the fourth quarter. But Weledji would end the rally as she connected on nine of her 22 points in the final five minutes of the game.
The win was particularly impressive, considering Princeton was narrowly edged out by the Blue Hens last year. The Tigers shot an impressive 50 percent from beyond the arc this time, compared to 23 percent last season.
The game saw multiple impressive performances. In addition to Weledji’s 22 points, freshman guard Carlie Littlefield added 15 points along with four steals and three assists to the Princeton effort. Senior forward Leslie Robinson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-2 for the season. Princeton will now head on a four-game road stretch starting this Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Lafayette.