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Utes advance to Sweet 16 in women's NCAA Tournament after beating Princeton

Kennady McQueen, Lani White
Posted at 7:21 PM, Mar 19, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah women's basketball team is going to the "Sweet Sixteen."

The Utes beat Princeton Sunday on their home court at the Huntsman Center.

Utah captured the lead in the first quarter and held onto it through the rest of the game, even extending the lead to 14 in the first half. The Tigers cut that lead to as low as two points in the fourth quarter, but Utah pulled away again.

The final score was 63 to 56. Alissa Pili lead the team with 28 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Jenna Johnson added 15 points and six rebounds.

This will be Utah's third time in program history that they've gone to the Sweet Sixteen. The Utes (seed #2) will face Louisiana State (#3) on Friday.

Lynne Roberts, Alissa Pili
Utah coach Lynne Roberts hugs Alissa Pili following the team's second-round college basketball game against Princeton in the women's NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)