That's when senior guard Hannah Tothe's experience shined through as she commanded the point and guided Logan on a 13-3 run that gave the Tigers a 67-54 advantage with 5:02 left in the game.
Tothe drilled a 3 to start the barrage, then knocked down 3 of 4 free-throw attempts while senior center Jenna Kimler sank a pair from the charity stripe, Cline drained a 3 and Mitchell converted a layup.
"There's no doubt in my mind Shayna is a first-team all-stater,'' Gertz said. "And so many people think if Shayna Gore's not in the game [Logan is] beat. Every single time in the [postseason] she's been in foul trouble, and every time we've taken her out Hannah has slowed our team down and we've expanded the lead.''
"I'm like the mother out on the floor,'' added Tothe, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. "Shayna makes a few mistakes then she likes to get her head out of the game because she's down on herself. If you have somebody pick you up all the time then you won't be as down. That's what I try doing for our whole team. If I lose my head then we'll all lose it. I have to be there to pick everybody up.''
Princeton (19-6) made a run and cut its deficit to six points (70-64) on senior guard Jessica Inman's steal and layup with 1:55 to go in the fourth. The Tigers then began fouling and the Wildcats failed to put them away, missing six of 13 foul shots to leave the door cracked. Princeton, which struggled with its shooting all game, missed several 3s and putbacks and couldn't get any closer.
"Sometimes your shots don't drop,'' said Princeton coach Debbie Ball, who saw her team shoot just 28.9 percent. "That happens and [Logan's] did. It was their day. We've had that happen and been able to pull out games.''
"I think we were all kind of overwhelmed with the atmosphere,'' added Akers, a Marshall recruit who finished with 17 points, five rebounds, nine assists and three steals. "We've never been here, but we're thankful we got this far. We got down 13 points and we're a never-say-die team and we wanted to get back in it.''
Princeton senior guard Hannah Preservati added 17 points, including five 3s, with five boards while Inman chipped in 12 points, six caroms, four assists and two steals and senior forward Marissa Mullins donated 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
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