This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball
team (7-5) returns home to open a three-game homestand beginning with a New
Year's Eve meeting with Drexel (7-3) on Monday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Tigers went 1-1 during their Midwest
road trip. Princeton employed a second half rally to propel past Illinois
State, 67-50, on Dec. 19 and snap a two-game skid. Two days later against a
receiving votes DePaul team, the Tigers were unable to overcome a first half
deficit and fell, 86-75, to the Blue Demons.
On Deck: Princeton concludes the non-conference slate
with Navy on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m., before kicking off Ivy League play
versus Penn on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Family Fun Day: The Princeton women's basketball game against Drexel will be a Family Fun Day, with the Bounce House, Inflatables and Facepainting. Inflatables will be open for an hour before the game and again at halftime. The first 150 fans in attendance will receive 2013 glasses and there will be an autograph session following the game with autograph books provided.
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Scouting Drexel: Drexel (7-3) enters Monday's
meeting following its 58-52 loss versus American on Dec. 28. Prior to the
Dragons' six-point loss, they were riding a three-game winning streak.
Hollie Mershon is the squad's top performer, averaging 17.7 points
and 8.4 rebounds per game. She also has team-highs in assists (38) and steals
(18). No other Dragon player is averaging above nine points per game.
All-Time vs. Drexel: Princeton leads the all-time
series versus Drexel, 7-1. The series was established in 1982-83 and the
Tigers' extended their winning streak to five versus the Dragons behind a 63-51
victory on Dec. 31, 2011.
Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week: Senior Niveen Rasheed picked up
her 17th career Ivy weekly award, being named Player of the Week for the eighth
time in her career. The guard is now in sixth-place on the all-time Player of
the Week list, moving past current Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart. At
Dartmouth, Banghart earned seven Player of the Week honors from 1997-2000.
The co-captain earns not only her first, but also the team's first
conference accolade of 2012-13. Over the Tigers' first 12 games, she has
averaged double figures in points, including scoring 10 points or more in the
last 10 games, and notched four double-doubles.
Dietrick's Career Night: At DePaul on Dec. 21 sophomore
Blake Dietrick scored a career-high 16 points. She went 5-for-7 from the field,
including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 2-for-2 from the stripe.
She also grabbed three boards and two assists. Over the Illinois road trip, she
tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists in two starts.
Comforts of Home: The Tigers are 4-0 at home this
season, putting together a quartet of dominant performances at Jadwin.
At home, Princeton is outscoring opponents 336-197. The Tigers saw
a season-best performance versus UMBC on Dec. 2, outscoring the Retrievers 51-8
in the first half.
Ivy Slate on Deck: After a final non-conference
game on Tuesday, Jan. 8 versus Navy at 7 p.m., the Tigers will look to defend
their Ivy crown for the fourth consecutive season with the commencement of the
conference season. Princeton will open the Ivy season with Penn on Saturday,
Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.
Rookie Miller Nets Career-High: Freshman Michelle Miller came in
off the bench at Illinois State to score a career-high 14 points on Dec. 19.
She was the team's second-leading scorer, going 6-for-9 from the field,
including a pair of treys. She also had three rebounds in 20 minutes of work.
Opponent Low: Princeton held Illinois State to only 23.4
percent (15-for-64) from the field, for a season-best mark. The Tigers also
held differentials in rebounding (42-41), assists (13-7), blocks (8-1) and
steals (7-6). The Redbirds did hold an 18-9 offensive board differential.
The Tigers were also limited to just four attempts from the
stripe, going a perfect 4-for-4, to ISU's 18-for-24.
Helmstetter Makes Her Mark: She's already eclipsed personal
bests in points, three-pointers and assists, but junior Kristen Helmstetter
managed to establish a new career-high in rebounds on Dec. 9 at Delaware. The
forward grabbed nine defensive boards, tying for team leader in the stat.
Since moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, she's become
the team's second-leading scorer (7.8) and rebounder (5.0).
Smith Swats: Sophomore Mariah Smith has a team-high 13
blocks in 11 appearances. She tallied a career-high three blocks at Illinois
State on Dec. 19.
Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between
then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked
team. The Tigers have also faced three teams who were receiving votes towards a
national ranking in Rutgers, Delaware and DePaul.
The Tigers are 0-1 versus ranked teams and 1-2 versus receiving
votes programs. Overall, Princeton's three losses were by an average of 8.3
College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers remain tabbed No. 8
with 495 votes in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
Quintet in Double Figures: For the first time this, season
five players scored in double figures versus UMBC on Dec. 2. Four of the
starting five reached the scoring mark, along with newcomer Michelle Miller in
17 bench minutes.
Kate Miller led the offense for the first time this season with 13
points, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Assists 4 Africa: The Princeton women's basketball
team will be hosting Assists 4 Africa events at Jadwin Gym as part of the
Princeton Varsity Club Service Circle. Its efforts will raise money for Vivre
Ensemble Madeshael, the orphanage in Senegal the team visited in 2011, working
with Progress 4 Africa (501(c)3) charity.
To pledge a one-time donation search for "Assists4Africa" on
www.crowdrise.com or pledge an amount based on the number of assists the team
makes throughout the season. Please direct all questions to
Banghart Reaches Career Milestone: Sixth season head coach Courtney
Banghart won her 100th career game at the helm of the Princeton women's
basketball program Sunday in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now
102-55 all-time and 65-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been
on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.
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
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, each 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.
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.
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.
Status Update: Junior Nicole Hung suffered a
season-ending knee injury in November.