March 21, 2014   Sports

Women's Basketball: Princeton def. VCU, 94-76

On Thursday Princeton’s women’s basketball team defeated the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University 94-76, in a dominating performance that was the Tigers’ first postseason win since 1996. The victory in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) sets up the Tigers to face off with Seton Hall on Sunday, March 23, at 5 p.m. in South Orange, N.J. Associate Photography Editor Conor Dube captured Thursday’s victory court-side.

Junior guard Blake Dietrick led the Princeton offense to a 94-76 win, contributing 18 points and a season-high eight assists.

Junior guard Blake Dietrick led the Princeton offense to a 94-76 win, contributing 18 points and a season-high eight assists.

Sophomore guard Amanda Berntsen added three of Princeton's 20 assists, nearly double VCU's total of 11.

Sophomore guard Amanda Berntsen added three of Princeton's 20 assists, nearly double VCU's total of 11.

The Princeton band performed opposite its counterpart from VCU at the WNIT first-round game on Thursday.

The Princeton band performed opposite its counterpart from VCU at the WNIT first-round game on Thursday.

Freshman guard Taylor Brown cuts through the VCU defense. Brown shot a perfect 2-2 on the day, both from 3-point range, and led all Princeton freshmen with 13 minutes played.

Freshman guard Taylor Brown cuts through the VCU defense. Brown shot a perfect 2-2 on the day, both from 3-point range, and led all Princeton freshmen with 13 minutes played.

Sophomore Alex Wheatley battles through the defense of VCU's Melanie Royster, en route to a career-high 22 points.

Sophomore Alex Wheatley battles through the defense of VCU's Melanie Royster, en route to a career-high 22 points.

Head coach Courtney Banghart advises guards Amanda Berntsen and Blake Dietrick.

Head coach Courtney Banghart advises guards Amanda Berntsen and Blake Dietrick.

Sophomore guard Michelle Miller engages VCU's Keira Robinson one on one. Miller shot a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line and added 18 points.

Sophomore guard Michelle Miller engages VCU's Keira Robinson one on one. Miller shot a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line and added 18 points.

Blake Dietrick drives into the paint, an area the Tigers dominated, pulling down 48 rebounds to VCU's 30 and scoring 38 interior points to VCU's 28.

Blake Dietrick drives into the paint, an area the Tigers dominated, pulling down 48 rebounds to VCU's 30 and scoring 38 interior points to VCU's 28.

Michelle Miller launches a three-pointer. The Tigers shot 43.5% from outside the three-point line.

Michelle Miller launches a three-pointer. The Tigers shot 43.5% from outside the three-point line.

Alex Wheatley skies for two of her 22 points on a layup coming off a fast break opportunity.

Alex Wheatley skies for two of her 22 points on a layup coming off a fast break opportunity.

Blake Dietrick celebrates a basket with Alex Wheatley. The two combined for 40 of the Tigers' 94 points.

Blake Dietrick celebrates a basket with Alex Wheatley. The two combined for 40 of the Tigers' 94 points.

The Tigers' bench celebrates a basket.

The Tigers' bench celebrates a basket.

The Tigers celebrate on the court after defeating VCU, the team's first postseason victory since 1996.

The Tigers celebrate on the court after defeating VCU, the team's first postseason victory since 1996.