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Women’s Basketball Hosts Navy Tuesday in Non-Conference Finale

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/07/2013
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 Princeton (8-5) vs. Navy (7-7)
  Game Info:
Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Navy leads 5-2
First Meeting: 1982-83
Last Meeting: Navy won 65-52 on Dec. 9, 2011
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Navy
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On Deck: Ivy League Season Opener vs. Penn on Jan. 12

This 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.

Last 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.

On Deck: Princeton 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.

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 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.

Three Mids are averaging in double figures, with Jade Geif leading the way with 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Tigers and Mids have not played any mutual opponents this year.

All-Time 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.

Five 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 margin.

The Tigers saw a season-best performance versus UMBC on Dec. 2, holding a 51-8 advantage in the first half.

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 points.

College 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.

Dietrick 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.

Versus Drexel on Dec. 31 she had a career-highs in both rebounds (7) and steals (5).

Leader 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.

Rasheed was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 24.

Helmstetter 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 season.

Opponent Low: Princeton 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.

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 PrincetonAssists4Africa@gmail.com.

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 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.

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, 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.









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