TURNING THE PAIGE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Paige Morton handles the ball in the paint in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, sophomore forward Morton tallied six points to help Princeton defeat Towson. After playing just six minutes a game off the bench last season, Morton has emerged as a key contributor for the Tigers this winter, averaging 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in starting all seven games. Princeton, now 5-2, plays at UConn on December 8 before hosting Delaware on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Justin Feil
In an unlikely twist, Paige Morton will be the best Paige on the court when the Princeton University women’s basketball team plays at UConn’s Gampel Pavilion on Thursday.
UConn star Paige Bueckers is out for the season after tearing her ACL in August while Morton has made a big move in her second year at Princeton. The sophomore forward has started every game for the Tigers after playing just six minutes per game in her first year.
“It’s definitely been a change since last year,” said Morton. “My teammates have been really supportive and they make me feel confident out there. They always have my back. That’s been something that’s really been helpful for me as I take on a new role.”
Morton has given the Tigers some versatility with the ability to use her 6’3 size to go bigger this year, something they didn’t use last year as much following the graduation of Bella Alarie and Taylor Baur in 2020. Morton’s improvements since last year landed her in the starting lineup from the outset of the season.
“Paige has a really great skill set,” said Princeton head coach Carla Berube. “She’s got a great frame. She’s able to step out a little bit and hit some mid-range jumpers. She has a lot of different finishes on the inside, which keeps the defense back on their heels. She’s strong and gotten stronger and more confident. She’s playing with a little more aggressiveness than she did last year. I think she understands the college game a little more than she did her first year. She’s been really, really important at the beginning of the season. And the whole fall she was one of our best players in practice every day. That’s why she earned the starting nod.” more