The Princeton women's basketball team will
open the home half of the 2012-13 schedule tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 20 versus
local rival Rider at 7 p.m. in Jadwin Gym. The Tigers return home riding a 1-1
record and look to get back into the win column in front of the home crowd.
Last Time Out: The Tigers'
18-game regular season winning streak was snapped last weekend in a 56-45 loss
at Marist on Nov. 17. Princeton held the advantage in the first half, but a
second half Red Fox rally would be too much to overcome for the Tigers.
Deck: The Tigers hit
the road for their longest trip of the season with a post-Thanksgiving weekend
in Southern California. Princeton faces UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 23 at 10
p.m. ET and UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. ET.
the Tigers: Live
audio, video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at
GoPrincetonTigers.com. Dan Loney will be live on the air broadcasting all home
games for the Tigers.
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Scouting Rider: After opening the year with a 62-50 win
on Nov. 9 at Stony Brook, Rider has dropped its last two games. Most recently,
the Broncs (1-2) are coming off a 70-67 loss to Mount St. Mary's at home.
leads Rider with 17.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, both team-highs.
Sironda Chambers and Caitlin Bopp follow, averaging 13.7 and 10 points per
All-Time vs. Rider:
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Rider, 21-8. The Tigers have won the
last four contests, including a 20-point victory, 75-55, last year on Nov. 27,
New Five: With a veteran
laden squad, the Tigers are able to start an experienced lineup led by all four
seniors in Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polanksy and Niveen Rasheed. Also
moving into the starting five is junior guard Nicole Hung.
New: While they may be
true freshmen, Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley were outstanding in their
collegiate debuts at St. Joe's. Miller was the team's third leading scorer with
10 points and Wheatley followed with nine points. Also making their debut was
guard Amanda Berntsen.
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.
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 of
Poll Watch: Princeton
remains ranked No. 4 in the College Insider Preseason Poll. The Tigers
collected 653 votes to be placed in the top-five.
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.
Newbies: Five freshmen
join the Tigers in 2012-13. Princeton bolsters its lineup with a versatile
group, all 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.
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
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.
Princeton graduated three players for last year's team, including All-Ivy
Devona Allgood and Lauren Edwards. Between the returners and quintet of
newbies, Princeton will look to fill their void.
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.