Week for the Tigers:
The Princeton women's basketball team (8-5) will look to extend its five-game
home winning streak versus Navy (7-7) on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to conclude the
non-conference schedule. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Time Out: The Tigers
opened their three-game home swing with a 74-59 victory over Drexel on Dec. 31.
Niveen Rasheed scored in double figures for the 11th consecutive game, tallying
a team-high 22 points. Rasheed and Kate Miller both grabbed eight rebounds to
lead the squad.
will look to defend its Ivy League crown for the fourth consecutive season with
the commencement of the Ivy slate versus Penn on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
at Jadwin Gym.
It will be
basketball doubleheader, as the Tiger men's basketball team plays at 6 p.m.
versus the Quakers.
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Navy: Navy (7-7)
concluded 2012 by snapping a two-game skid versus Marshall, 67-51, on Dec. 30,
but was outlasted at Richmond, 65-59, to open the New Year on Jan. 4.
are averaging in double figures, with Jade Geif leading the way with 12.4
points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
and Mids have not played any mutual opponents this year.
vs. Navy: Navy owns
the all-time series versus Princeton, 5-2. In the last meeting between the
Tigers and Midshipmen, Navy won 65-52 on Dec. 9, 2011 in Annapolis, Md. The
Mids were one of only four teams to defeat Princeton during the regular season.
and Counting...: The
Tigers currently are a perfect 5-0 when playing at Jadwin Gym. They have won
all five games by double figures, outscoring opponents 410-256 for a +30.8
saw a season-best performance versus UMBC on Dec. 2, holding a 51-8 advantage
in the first half.
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
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 points.
Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers remain tabbed No. 8 with 521 points in the Jan. 2
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
Continues to Find Her Stride: Sophomore Blake Dietrick has started four games, including the
past three consecutive contests. She is averaging a fourth-best 6.7 points, 3.8
rebounds and second-best 2.3 assists per game.
Drexel on Dec. 31 she had a career-highs in both rebounds (7) and steals (5).
of the Pack:
For the 11th consecutive game and 12th overall senior Niveen Rasheed scored in
double figures. She is averaging an Ivy-leading 16.8 points and a team-high 8.9
rebounds per game, along with leading the team with 42 assists and 27 steals.
named Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 24.
Makes Her Mark: Since
moving into the starting lineup eight games ago, junior Kristen Helmstetter has
scored in double figures six times, including the last two games. She has
eclipsed career marks in points, three-pointers, assists and rebounds this
held Illinois State to only 23.4 percent (15-for-64) from the field, for a
season-best mark in its 67-50 victory on Dec. 19.
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.
led the offense for the first time this season with 13 points, going 3-for-6
from beyond the arc.
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 PrincetonAssists4Africa@gmail.com.
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 103-55 all-time and 65-16 in Ivy
play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff
throughout that span, as well.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Hung suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.