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NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Penn women’s basketball is in a good spot to win it all.

With just 20 minutes left to play in the Ivy League Tournament championship game, the Quakers lead Princeton, 31-30.

The two teams have been trading blows throughout the half. In the first few minutes, Princeton (21-9, 12-2 Ivy) started strong, taking an early 8-2 lead behind a couple buckets from junior Bella Alarie. However, the Quakers (23-5, 12-2) quickly got back into it with an 8-0 run of their own. A three-pointer by junior guard Phoebe Sterba, and an and-one from senior guard Ashley Russell put Penn up, 10-8, with 4:50 left in the first period.

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Alarie kept the Tigers in the game with 11 points in the quarter. In the second, Princeton again had a six-point margin, this time a 23-17 one at the 8:13 mark. From there, the Red and Blue, with solid defense on Alarie and hot shooting, scored nine unanswered points, part of a 14-2 run. With just 1:10 remaining in the half, Russell again made an and-one layup to give Penn it’s largest lead of the day, a 31-25 margin.

To close the half, though, Princeton did what it does best. The Tigers got a bucket from Alarie before senior guard Gabrielle Rush knocked down a three right before the first half buzzer sounded.

Alarie, who has 17 points, has gotten her fair share of baskets, but the Red and Blue have done well in limiting Princeton’s supporting cast thus far.

Read the full recap here.

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