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Niveen Rasheed Named Program's First AP All-America

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/10/2013
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One of the most prolific women’s basketball players in Ivy League history, Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed added another accolade to her robust resume. For the first time in program history Rasheed was named an AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Rasheed is only the third AP All-America Ivy representative, joining Harvard’s Allison Feaster in 1996-97 and Cornell’s Jeomi Maduka in 2007-08 whom were honorable mention selections.

"We are so very proud of this national recognition for Niveen Rasheed and for our program, said Princeton Head Coach Courtney Banghart. "Niveen has been an instrumental part of our program since the first day she arrived on campus. She plays the game with relentless effort, a fierce competitive spirit, versatility on both sides of the ball, always with a winning mentality, and with the humility of a great champion. She has done things the right way and we’re so appreciative to the committees for honoring her impact."

Over her four-year career, the guard helped elevate the Tigers to the national spotlight including the Ivy’s first-ever women’s basketball national ranking in the final AP Poll of 2011-12 at No. 24. The program earned its first-ever berth into the NCAA tournament Rasheed’s freshman year and maintained its stance as the Ivy’s leader over her career.

Rasheed and the Class of 2013 can call themselves one of the best classes in Ivy League basketball history. Over their four-year run they went 54-2 tying them as winningest class in Ivy men’s or women’s history with Penn’s men’s basketball Class of 1996 (1992-93 to 1995-96).

The guard and WNBA prospect concludes her career as one of the all-time leaders in program history, flooding her name in the career and season record book. In three-and-a-half years, she finished with 1,617 career points for fourth-best. She also is all-time No. 5 in scoring average (16.7), No. 5 in field goals made (604), No. 3 in rebounds (860) and No. 6 in rebounds average (8.7), among a myriad of other top-10 career and season records.

Rasheed concludes her career as a three-time first team All-Ivy, two-time unanimous Ivy Player of the Year and 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year selection. She added to her national recognition, already earning WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention and Full Court Mid-Major All-America First Team honors this year.

Over 2012-13 she was named to the Naismith Watch List, Wooden Award Preseason Top 30, State Farm “Wade Watch” list and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List. She also earned seven Ivy Player of the Week honors, the second-highest single-season total in league history.

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