Time Out: The Tigers
dominated Cornell 77-46 on Feb. 1. Niveen Rasheed scored a game-high 21 points
and Blake Dietrick dropped a career-high 17 points, as the Tigers' shot 58.6
percent (34-for-58) from the field. All five freshmen got in on the action,
combining for 17 of the bench's 40 points.
The next day
at Columbia, five double figure scorers, including a Rasheed double-double (15
points, 16 rebounds) guided Princeton to an 87-41 victory.
Deck: Coming off
a month of finals and road games, the Tigers return home for a four-game
homestand. Princeton hosts Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 15 and Harvard the
following night. The game versus the Crimson will be the program's annual
Princeton Plays Pink game.
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opening the Ivy slate with a win over Yale, Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) has dropped
its last three games.
Clarke leads the offense averaging 14.6 points per game. Sophie Bikofsky and
Sheila Dixon are the rebounding leaders with 4.7 per game.
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Brown, 38-29. The Tigers have won the
last 13 meetings, handing the Bears a 57-45 defeat on Feb. 3 and a 77-60 loss
on Mar. 3 last season.
Yale: Yale enters
this weekend riding a 6-12, 1-3 Ivy record. The Bulldogs have dropped their
last two consecutive contests at home.
is led by Sarah Halejian's 13.8 points and 3.0 assists per game, while Megan
Vasquez is the squad's rebounding leader with 3.6 per game.
vs. Yale: Princeton
owns the all-time series versus Yale, 47-30. The Tigers have won the last seven
meetings, dropping the Bulldogs 72-47 on Feb. 4 and 71-53 on Mar. 2 a year ago.
The Tigers' 87-41 win over Columbia on Feb. 2 marked their 27th consecutive Ivy
League victory. This is the longest winning streak in Ivy history and the
second-longest current conference winning streak in the nation (Baylor, 32).
49-1 in Ivy play since Feb. 27, 2008.
Earns Third Ivy Player of the Week Honor, Named to Wade Watch List: Senior Niveen Rasheed earned her
10th career Ivy Player of the Week award following her 36-point, 21-rebound and
seven-assist weekend. She is now tied for fourth all-time in Ivy League
was also named to her third national watch list, garnering a spot on the
33-player State Farm "Wade Watch" list.
at Home: Princeton
currently is riding a 14-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at
Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.
RPI: The Tigers are
tabbed No. 21 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated four top-100 teams.
Princeton has faced nine top-100 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.
Has Career Night:
Freshman Blake Dietrick scored a career-high 17 points at Cornell on Feb. 1.
She went 7-for-8 from the field, including tallying a pair of treys, while grabbing
five boards, dishing five assists and making two steals in only 22 minutes of
Over the past four years Princeton is averaging +27.5 margin of victory in Ivy
play. This year the Tigers are holding a +35.7 margin over the first three
Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical
categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (34th), scoring
margin (19th), field goal percentage (37th), field goal percentage defense
(18th), rebound margin (3rd), assists/game (27th) and assist turnover ration
Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 89 in points and No. 71 in rebounds per game per
game, and No. 83 field goal percentage.
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
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 moved up to No. 4 with 614 points in the Feb. 5
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
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.
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.
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 107-55 all-time and 67-16 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.
This year's senior class has only seen one Ivy League loss throughout their
careers, going 44-1. 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.
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.