GW looked to be in control, leading by 11 in the second quarter on its way to a 40-33 halftime lead. However, Princeton went on a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to tie the game, causing a back-and forth battle the rest of the way.
The Tigers eased out to a five-point lead, 62-57, midway through the fourth quarter, but GW pulled to within two with 57 seconds left.
Akers was fouled and went to the foul line, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Princeton's Marissa Mullins grabbed the offensive rebound.
Akers was fouled again, sending her back to the line with 42 seconds to play and a 66-64 lead.
This time, Akers made the first and missed the second, but yet again, Princeton's Khadija Payne grabbed the missed free throw, giving the Tigers the ball again. Jessica Inman was fouled and made one of two free throws to give Princeton a four-point cushion it wouldn't relinquish.
LaMaster loses senior Rachel Ward, who scored 12 points and handed out six assists in her final prep game.
"It's a huge loss and I don't know how I'm going to fill that void," LaMaster said. "You're talking about a four-year starter, a 1,000-point scorer, all-state, all-county, all anything you can think of. That's my No. 1 concern coming into next year."
LaMaster does return junior Kelli Jo Harrison, who went over the 1,000-point mark during the loss to Princeton Tuesday on her way to a 30-point, 16-rebound performance.
"Congratulations to Kelli for scoring her 1,000th point," LaMaster said. "That's huge for her career. I know they would rather have the win, though. She's going to be a huge part on what we are doing next year."