Rising women's basketball seniors Lauren Polansky and Niveen Rasheed have been named team co-captains for the 2012-13 season. The duo will lead a group of 10 returning players and five incoming freshmen.
"Every year that I'm involved with competitive athletics, I see first-hand that a team reflects and plays to the personality of its leaders. With our four seniors - Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polansky and Niveen Rasheed - this Tiger team is in great hands. They will be well equipped with a senior class full of competitors, exceptionally hard workers, selfless teammates and winners that have fully bought into all things Princeton basketball. In particular, I'm proud to announce that Lauren Polansky and Niveen Rasheed have been charged with the opportunity and responsibility of serving as our captains. Both LP and Niveen have been critical to our program's foundation and growth, and both are humbly excited about the season ahead," said head coach Courtney Banghart, who's entering her sixth year at Princeton in 2012-13.
Polansky averaged 2.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game last year in 29 games played. Following the season, the Tiger point guard picked up her second consecutive Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honor. Forward Rasheed led not only the Tigers, but also the Ivy League in multiple statistical categories throughout 2011-12. The 2012 unanimous Ivy Player of the Year and first team selection averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while also joining the Tiger 1,000-point club last year.
Polansky and Rasheed have been part of three consecutive Ivy titles during their tenure at Princeton. Last season, the tandem helped guide the Tigers to the first-ever Ivy women's basketball national ranking at No. 24, as Princeton went 24-5 overall, 14-0 Ivy and rode a 17-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament in March.