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Carlie Littlefield scored 18 points against FGCU before leaving the game in the third quarter.

Photo Credit: Jack Graham / The Daily Princetonian

A strong third quarter powered Princeton women’s basketball to a season-opening 80–47 win over Rider on Tuesday night.

The win was the first at Princeton for first-year head coach Carla Berube, who took over the job this summer.

Senior forward Bella Alarie led Princeton in scoring with 22 points, sophomore guard Julia Cunningham added 14 points, and junior guard Carlie Littlefield filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.

This was the second consecutive year Princeton started the season with a win over nearby Rider; the Tigers beat the Broncs 89–65 last season.

Princeton started the game relatively slowly on offense, scoring just 16 points in the first quarter and 33 points in the first half. The Tigers held Rider in check offensively, however, taking a 33–24 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Princeton’s offense started to click, as the Tigers outscored Rider 27–11 to take a commanding lead, allowing the Tigers to empty their bench in the fourth quarter..

Princeton is back in action Sunday afternoon with a game at George Washington.

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