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Women's Basketball Heads West, UC Riverside and No. 19/22 UCLA Up Next

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/22/2012
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 Princeton (2-1) at UC Riverside (3-1
  Game Info:
Friday, Nov. 23 at 10 p.m. ET
  Location:
Riverside, Calif.   
All-Time Series Record: 
First meeting in program history
Game Notes: Princeton at UC Riverside
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@PUTIGERS @CoachBanghart

 Princeton (2-1) at No. 19/22 UCLA (2-0)
  Game Info:
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. ET
  Location:
Los Angeles, Calif.
All-Time Series Record: 
UCLA leads 1-0
Last Meeting:
UCLA won 69-59 on Nov. 25, 2009
Game Notes: Princeton at UCLA
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball team (2-1) hits the road for a post-Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California. The Tigers open their furthest road trip of the year at UC Riverside (3-1) on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. ET. Two days later, Princeton hits the hardwood in Westwood to square off with No. 19/22 UCLA at 4 p.m. ET.

Last Time Out: Princeton was unable to maintain its first half advantage, falling 56-45 at Marist on Nov. 17. The loss snapped the Tigers' 18-game regular season winning streak. Princeton bounced back into the win column with an all-around dominating 88-42 win over Rider on Nov. 20 in its home opener.

On Deck: The Tigers return home for a three-game homestand, beginning with Rutgers on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Pregame there will be the reigning Ivy League champions' banner raising ceremony honoring the 2011-12 team that captured Princeton's third consecutive conference crown.

Follow the Tigers: Live audio, video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live audio, stats and video will be available from both UC Riverside and UCLA this weekend.

Get Connected: Are you following Princeton on Facebook and Twitter? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics and Twitter.com/PUTIGERS. Connect with the Tiger women's basketball team on Facebook.com/PrincetonWBB or follow head coach Courtney Banghart on Twitter @CoachBanghart.

Scouting UC Riverside: After opening the year with a 60-53 loss to Gonzaga, UC Riverside has powered through three consecutive victories to enter Friday's meeting with a 3-1 record.

UCR is led by a set of double figure scores, with TreShont Nottingham leading the way with 26.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.75 assists per game. Brittany Crain is averaging 17 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game.

Tigers All-Time vs. UC Riverside: This is the first meeting between both teams in program history.

Scouting No. 19/22 UCLA: The first nationally ranked opponent for Princeton this year, No. 19/22 UCLA enters this weekend riding a 2-0 record, including an 86-80 win at then-No. 11 Oklahoma on Nov. 14. The Bruins will host No. 5 Notre Dame prior to facing the Tigers.

Four of UCLA's starting five are averaging double figure scoring numbers, with Markel Walker leading the way with 15.5 points. Alyssia Brewer is the team's second-leading scorer with 13.5 points and is the squad's rebounding leader with 12 boards per game.

Tigers All-Time vs. UCLA: UCLA leads the all-time series versus Princeton, 1-0. In the lone meeting between both programs, the Bruins defeated the Tigers 69-59 on Nov. 25, 2009 in Los Angeles.

Bucking the Broncs: Behind contributions from every active player, the Tigers easily handed Rider an 88-42 loss. Princeton held a 41-23 advantage at halftime, including a 22-3 run. The squad nearly shot 50 percent from the field, going 49.3 percent (34-for-69).

Rookie Debuts: All five freshmen made their Jadwin Gym debut versus Rider on Nov. 20. The game also marked the collegiate debuts of Annie Tarakchian and Taylor Williams. The quintet scored 26 of Princeton's 47 bench points.

Michelle Miller led the newcomers with eight points and six rebounds, second-best in the game.

Bowen Finding Her Stride: Senior center Megan Bowen has been a consistent force for the Tigers in the post over the last three games. She is averaging 10.3 points per game, scoring 12 points in her last two outings.

Ranked Opponents: Sunday's meeting between No. 19/22 UCLA will mark Princeton's first game versus a ranked team.

Same Ole Rasheed: After finding her rhythm over the first two games, senior Niveen Rasheed put on a show versus Rider on Nov. 20. In only 23 minutes of work, she had 17 points, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the stripe, and making 11 rebounds, both team-highs.

College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers remain ranked No. 4 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. Princeton earned 654 votes to be tabbed fourth for the third consecutive week.

Welcome Home: This weekend's trip to Southern California is a homecoming for three Tigers. Junior Nicole Hung and freshmen Michelle Miller and Annie Tarakchian are all natives of the greater Los Angeles region.

The New Five: With a veteran laden squad, the Tigers are able to start an experienced lineup led by all four seniors in Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polanksy and Niveen Rasheed. Also moving into the starting five is junior guard Nicole Hung. 

Rasheed Named to Wooden Award Preseason Team & Naismith Watch List: Senior Niveen Rasheed was selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 and to the 50-player Naismith Watch List. The Tiger guard is the only Ivy League representative on the prestigious preseason teams recognizing the top NCAA Division I players in the nation.

Preseason Poll Predicts Ivy Four-Peat: Behind 132 votes and 13 first-place nods, Princeton was predicted to win the Ivy League title for the fourth consecutive season in the Ivy preseason media poll. Harvard was the only other team to collect first-place votes, earning 120 points and three first-place votes.

Ivy First: The Tigers made history a year ago by becoming the only Ivy League women's basketball program to earn a national ranking. Princeton was No. 24 in the final AP Poll of 2011-12.

Welcome Back: The Tigers welcome back 10 letterwinners from a year ago, including unanimous Ivy Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed and two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Polansky. Princeton will be led by a sturdy group of four seniors, looking to conclude their careers on top of the League for a fourth straight season.

The Newbies: Five freshmen join the Tigers in 2012-13. Princeton bolsters its lineup with a versatile group, all looking to become immediate contributors. The Tiger newcomers are: point guard Amanda Berntsen, guard Michelle Miller, guard/forward Annie Tarakchian, forward Alex Wheatley and forward/center Taylor Williams.

Preseason Honors: The Tigers have already picked up several preseason honors entering 2012-13. College Sports Madness tabbed head coach Courtney Banghart as the Preseason All-Mid Major and Ivy League Coach of the Year. Senior Niveen Rasheed was named the Preseason Ivy League Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Mid Major and All-Ivy First Team.

Ivy Domination: This year's senior class has only seen one Ivy League loss throughout their careers, going 41-1. They have won the last three consecutive conference championships and were members of the first group to advance to the NCAA Tournament in Princeton history.

Milestone Ahead: Sixth season head coach Courtney Banghart currently boasts a 97-51 all-time record, including a staggering 65-16 all-time Ivy record. She is three wins away from another career milestone - her 100th victory at the helm of the program.

Rasheed Featured on ESPN: Senior Niveen Rasheed was featured on ESPN.com in a preseason article by women's sports writer Graham Hays. To view the article click here: http://m.espn.go.com/ncw/story?storyId=8603963

My Captain, Oh My Captain: Princeton's co-captains in 2012-13 are reigning Ivy Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Polansky.

You'll Be Missed: Princeton graduated three players for last year's team, including All-Ivy Devona Allgood and Lauren Edwards. Between the returners and quintet of newbies, Princeton will look to fill their void.

New Faces, New Roles: In addition to five new players on the court, the Princeton coaching staff saw some new additions. After two years at the team's director of basketball operations Megan Griffith has been promoted to assistant coach. Griffith replaces Melanie Moore.

Tyler Cordell was hired during the summer as the program's new director of basketball operations. Cordell comes from Ithaca where she was a graduate assistant with the Division III women's basketball team.

 

 

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