West Virginia tops Princeton in women's NCAA Tournament

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 4:18 p.m. EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Bria Holmes scored 26 points as West Virginia overcame a sluggish start to beat Princeton 74-65 on Friday in an opening round game of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Princeton, which got the Ivy League's first ever at-large bid in the tournament, couldn't stay with the bigger, stronger Mountaineers in the final period as West Virginia found its shooting touch and began to push around the scrappy Tigers in the paint.

Anja Martin added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Mountaineers (25-9), who advance to the Sunday game against the winner of the Ohio State-Buffalo game, with the survivor moving on to the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, regional.

Annie Tarakchian paced Princeton (23-6) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Wheatley added 18 points, making all but one of her 10 shots.