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Women's Basketball Set to Defend Ivy Title, Host Penn Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/10/2013
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 Princeton (9-5) vs. Penn (7-5)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 48-23
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last eight meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 83-49 (Jan. 7, 2011)
& 79-42 (Mar. 6, 2011)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Penn
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On Deck: At Cornell (Friday, Feb. 1); at Columbia (Saturday, Feb. 2)

This Week for the Tigers: After winning the last three consecutive Ivy League titles, the Princeton women's basketball team (9-5) will look to defend its crown with the commencement of the Ivy slate versus Penn on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.

Last Time Out: The Tigers concluded the non-conference schedule with a statement 70-50 victory over Navy on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Princeton shot 48.3 percent from the field, behind a quartet of double figure scorers. Senior Niveen Rasheed led the way with her fifth double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds). She has now scored in double figures in 13 games, including the last 12 straight.

On Deck: After nearly a three-week hiatus due to finals, the Tigers resume Ivy play on the road at Cornell on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Columbia the following evening at 7 p.m.

Basketball Double Feature: Saturday will feature a 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 Penn: Penn (7-5) heads to Princeton following its 79-73 victory over Morgan State on Jan. 8 to cap off its non-conference schedule.

The Tigers and Quakers have faced two mutual opponents in Drexel and St. Joseph's. Princeton defeated both opponents by an average of +12.5, while Penn suffered defeats to both by an average of -20.0.

The Quakers are led by Alyssa Baron's 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. No other player is averaging more than 9.4 points or 4.9 boards per game.

All-Time vs. Penn: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Penn, 48-23. The Tigers have won the last eight meetings, including dropping the Quakers 83-48 and 79-42 last season.

Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week: For the second time this season Princeton women's basketball senior Niveen Rasheed has been named Ivy League Player of the Week, it was announced Monday. Rasheed picks up her ninth career Player of the Week award and 18th Ivy weekly award.

In addition to scoring in double figures 13 times and tallying five double-doubles, the guard is averaging an Ivy-leading 16.9 points and team-high 9.1 rebounds. She also leads the league with 33 steals.

The co-captain was last named Ivy Player of the Week on Dec. 24, 2012.

Tiger Streaks:

• The Tigers have not lost a game at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011. Princeton is riding a 13-game home winning streak entering Saturday's meeting, having gone a perfect 6-0 during the 2012-13 non-conference slate.

• Princeton enters Ivy play riding a 24-game conference winning streak. Princeton has not lost a league game since its 73-67 loss at Harvard on Feb. 4, 2011.

Ready to Defend the Crown...Again: Princeton enters conference play as the three-peat Ivy League champions. During that span, the Tigers have gone 41-1, including a pair of perfect 14-0 slates in 2010 and 2012. With the target on their back, the Tigers look to continue to make league and program history.

Top-25 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 21 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated three top-80 teams thus far. Princeton has faced seven top-80 teams, including three ranked in the top-30.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in eight different national statistical categories. The Tigers are ranked in the top-50 in rebound margin (18th), assists per game (45th) and assist turnover ration (49th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 79 in points per game and No. 82 in rebounds per game.

Ivy Midseason Media Call: Head coach Courtney Banghart was part of the Ivy League midseason media call Thursday. To hear what she had to say about the Tigers, click here (fast forward to 9:30-minute mark) http://bit.ly/VRSdAs.

Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked team this year. 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 492 points in the Jan. 7 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.

Climbing the Ladder: Behind her 18 points versus Navy on Jan. 8, senior Niveen Rasheed brought her career points total to 1,370. She is now fifth all-time in program history.

Dynamic Dietrick: Sophomore Blake Dietrick made her fourth consecutive start versus Navy on Jan. 8. Behind two of her three triples, Princeton took the lead for good in the first half. She finished with 13 points and six boards, to bring her season averages to 7.1 points (third-best) and 4.0 rebounds (third-best) per game.

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 104-55 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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