Photo: Abby Meyers (Princeton's Guard)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA(SMI-SPORTS-COLLEGE, 03.19.22)- The 2022 Ivy League Women's basketball champions and #25th/11-seeded Princeton shocks the #16th/6-seed Kentucky 69-62, in the first round of the NCAA D1 Women's basketball March Madness, winning its second NCAA game in school program history and eliminating the top-ranked Wildcats Out of the tournament at Bloomington Arena in Indiana.
Abby Meyers, who was named the 2022 Ivy League conference player of the year led the Tigers with 29 points while Kaitlyn Chen, the 2022 Ivy Tournament Championship Most Outstanding player added 17, both combining for the most points in the historic victory over Kentucky.
With the win, the Tigers win its second NCAA DI Women's basketball in school program since 2015 when 13-seeded Princeton defeated 9-seed Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70, in the 2015 NCAA DI Women's tournament first round under the tenure of coach Sylvia Hatchell.
Princeton led most of the game from the start to finish with the except of 2:30 minutes but the defense and fierce offensive attack from the Tigers made the difference in the win. In addition to the historic win, the Tigers advances to the second round of 32 and will face Indiana who routed Charlotte 49ers 85-41, in the first round as well.
" We came out with a hard fought win. So much credit to Kentucky. they were tough. It was a battle from start to finish, they certainly rattled us for a bit in the first half or first quarter.But I think we got our footing. We made some plays in both ends of the floor .The team defense was good or great some. It was hard stopping Howard and Edwards and all of their gifted players but we stayed the course and made the plays we needed to down the stretch to sealed it. Just trilled to get the victory for us, Princeton and the Ivy League. I just want to say Thank You to Kentucky for a well though game." said Princeton's coach Carla Berube at the post-game press conference.
The Tigers were by Abby Meyers with 29 points, Kaitlyn Chen contributed with 17 points while Julia Cunningham and Grace Stone added 7-points in the victory.
In addition to this historic victory, Princeton became the second University from the state of New Jersey to eliminate Kentucky's basketball program in the first round of the 2022 NCAA DI March Madness when St Peters men's team stunned Kentucky 83-79, in the opening round as well last Thursday.