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Final Road Trip Ahead for Women's Basketball at Harvard & Dartmouth

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/27/2013
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 Princeton (18-5, 9-0 Ivy) at Harvard (15-8, 6-3 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
All-Time Series Record: 
Harvard leads 38-33
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton won the last three meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 67-51 (Feb. 16, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton at Harvard
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Princeton (18-5, 9-0 Ivy) at Dartmouth (6-17, 4-5 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Hanover, N.H.
All-Time Series Record: 
Dartmouth leads 43-26
First Meeting: 1976-77
Series Streak: Princeton won the last seven meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 77-65 (Feb. 15, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton at Dartmouth
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This Week for the Tigers: Riding its 33-game Ivy League winning streak, the Princeton women's basketball team (18-5, 9-0 Ivy) heads out on its final regular season road trip of 2012-13. The Tigers' open at Harvard (15-8, 6-3 Ivy) on Friday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass. and then travel to Hanover, N.H. to square off with Dartmouth (6-17, 4-5 Ivy) a day later at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers made 24 consecutive double figure conference victories behind a weekend sweep of Columbia and Cornell. Significant contributions from the bench propelled Princeton past Columbia, 98-36, on Feb. 22. The next night the Tigers dealt Cornell a 59-34 defeat.

On Deck: Princeton hosts a final home weekend versus Yale on Friday, Mar. 8 and Brown the next day. Prior to the Brown game, the program will host its annual Senior Night ceremony.

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 Harvard: Since last facing Princeton two weeks ago, Harvard swept Brown and Yale at home in close contests. The Crimson enter the weekend at 15-8, 6-3 Ivy and in third place in the Ivy League standings.

Christine Clark leads the Crimson trio of double figure scorers with 16.0 points per game, while Temi Fagbenle is averaging a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game.

All-Time vs. Harvard: Harvard owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 38-33. The series between began in 1974-75 and the Tigers have won the last three meetings.

In the first contest of 2013 on Feb. 16, Blake Dietrick and Niveen Rasheed's 19 and 17 points, respectively guided Princeton to a 67-51 victory. Harvard opened with a 5-0 run and held the advantage until a Dietrick triple at 10:41 provided the Tigers with the lead for good.

Scouting Dartmouth: Dartmouth (6-17, 4-5 Ivy) is riding a four-game losing skid entering this weekend, seeing its last win versus Columbia on Feb. 9.

Faziah Steen is the only Big Green player to average double figure scoring numbers with 12.0 per game. Tia Dawson serves as the team's rebounding leader with 8.2 per game.

All-Time vs. Dartmouth: Dartmouth owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 43-26. The series began in 1976-77 and the Tigers have won the last seven meetings.

The Big Green held the lead twice in the first half, but it was not enough to tilt Princeton in its first meeting on Feb. 15. The Tigers employed three double figure scorers to defeat Dartmouth 77-65.

Tigers Establish New Ivy Win Streak: Coming off their weekend sweep, the Tigers set a new Ivy League win streak record with 33 consecutive wins.

Harvard previously held the record with 32 straight wins from 1995-96 through 1997-98. Fortuitously Princeton snapped the streak with a 56-53 win on Feb. 7, 1998.

Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week: For the fourth consecutive week senior Niveen Rasheed has been named Ivy League Player of the Week. The guard earns the accolade for the sixth time this year and 13th time of her career, bringing her to second all-time in league history.

Rasheed has scored in double figures in 22 games, including the last 21 consecutive. On Feb. 22 versus Columbia, she tallied 15 points, a game-high seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. The next night versus Cornell, Rasheed recorded game-highs in points (14), assists (5) and steals (5).

Dominating at Home: Princeton currently is riding a 16-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.

Rasheed Added to Fourth National Watch List: Niveen Rasheed is one of 20 NCAA Division I women's basketball players named to the 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List, it was announced Tuesday by U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

This is the fourth national watch list Rasheed has been named to this year. She already has been selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, 50-player Naismith Watch List and 33-player State Farm "Wade Watch" list. She is the only Ivy League representative on any of the national award watch lists.

Miller Time: On Feb. 22 versus Columbia, freshman Michelle Miller scored a career and game-high 21 points. She went 7-for-13 from the field and dropped a career-best five triples. Miller accounted for almost half of the bench's 53 points in her 24 minutes of work.

Another Note on Their Winning Ways: The Tigers are riding an 11-game winning streak entering this weekend's action. All 11 were by double figures and in seven games Princeton held opponents to 50 points or less.

Top-30 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 28 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated five top-100 teams. Princeton has faced 10 top-100 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.

Commanding the Conference: Over the past four years Princeton is averaging +26.9 margin of victory in Ivy play. This year the Tigers are holding a +33.2  margin over the first nine games.

Princeton is 55-1 in league play since Feb. 27, 2008.

24 by Double Figures: Princeton has won the last 24 consecutive Ivy League games by double figures. In 2012, the Tigers were the only NCAA Division I men's or women's team to defeat all conference opponents by 10 points or more.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 16 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (17th), scoring defense (22nd), scoring margin (7th), field goal percentage (19th), field goal percentage defense (9th), rebound margin (4th), three-point field goal percentage (43rd), win-loss percentage (31st), assists/game (9th), turnovers per game (49th) and assist turnover ration (12th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 68 in points, No. 75 in rebounds and No. 43 in steals per game, and No. 87 field goal percentage.

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 move up to No. 4 with 638 points in the Feb. 26 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.

A Look at the Losses: All five Tiger losses were suffered on the road at the hands of all top-50 RPI opponents, including four current or formerly nationally ranked programs.

Tiger Milestones: Senior Megan Bowen reached the 500-point milestone versus Harvard on Feb. 16 and has scored 523 points over her Tiger career. Classmate Kate Miller is at 511, eclipsing the milestone versus Columbia on Feb. 22.

Program Points Record: Princeton's 99-point performance at Yale on Feb. 10 eclipsed a 27-year-old program single-game points record. The Tigers' topped their 97-point record from Jan. 14, 1986 versus Long Island.

A Look at the Losses: All five Tiger losses were suffered on the road at the hands of all top-50 RPI opponents, including four current or formerly nationally ranked programs.

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.

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  in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now 113-64 all-time and 74-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.

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 50-1. 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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