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Blake Dietrick ’15 scored 26 points, but the Tigers couldn’t keep pace with the host Terrapins. (Beverly Schaefer)
Blake Dietrick ’15 scored 26 points, but the Tigers couldn’t keep pace with the host Terrapins. (Beverly Schaefer)

Princeton women’s basketball faced an unenviable challenge in its second-round NCAA Tournament game: a matchup against No. 4 Maryland on its home floor, where the Terrapins have not lost in nearly 14 months. For the first 20 minutes, the Tigers were up to the task, keeping pace with a stellar offensive performance, particularly in the paint. Maryland led by just four at halftime, 42-38. But after the break, Princeton’s fortunes turned. In one stretch, the Tigers missed six shots in a row while the Terrapins made all five of their attempts — plus two free-throws — and jumped ahead by 17. Point guard Blake Dietrick ’15 did her best to will the Tigers back into contention, scoring 17 of her team-high 26 points after her team fell behind by double digits. But Maryland’s hot shooting never cooled. Princeton lost for the first time this season, 85-70. Vanessa Smith ’17 scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Alex Wheatley ’16 added 10 points for Princeton. Annie Tarakchian ’16 finished with seven points, six rebounds, and six assists. The Tigers, the nation’s only undefeated Division I team in the regular season, finish the year with a 31-1 record and nearly every school record imaginable, including the most wins, longest winning streak, and highest scoring average. Their win over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA first-round March 21 was the first NCAA Tournament win in school history.