Senior Branshea Brown scored a career-high 22 points to lead eighth-seeded Kansas State over No. 9 Princeton 67-64 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena.
Brown, whose previous high was 14 points and Jalana Child (15 points, 8 rebounds) were double trouble for the Tigers (24-5), who were looking for the Ivy League’s first tournament win since 1998. Brown also had seven rebounds and
K-State (20-13) advances to play the winner of No. 1 UConn-No. 16 Prairie Valley at 7 p.m. Monday night.
Niveen Rasheed led Princeton with 20 points and Lauren Edwards added 16. Devona Allgood had 15.
Brown scored 12 points with six rebounds in the first half to help K-State lead 31-27 at the break.
The Wildcats enjoyed an early 5-0 lead, but the Tigers used a 12-2 run to take their largest lead of the half at 12-7 with 11:53 left.
Brown scored 10 points in the final 11:08 and Chantay Caron hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to put K-State up by four.
Rasheed scored seven points to lead Princeton, which had seven turnovers in the half. The Wildcats had just one turnover, to go with nine assists, but ran into some foul trouble with Brown, Tasha Dickey and Ashia Woods all picking up two before the half. K-State committed seven fouls while Princeton had just one.
The Tigers were 24-0 when leading at the half, and 0-4 when behind coming into the game.