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Annie Tarakchian (left), Blake Dietrick and the TIgers open a four-game homestand this weekend.
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Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth & Harvard, Princeton Plays Pink Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/14/2013
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 Princeton (14-5, 5-0 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth (6-13, 4-1 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Dartmouth leads 43-25
First Meeting: 1976-77
Series Streak: Princeton won the last six meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 72-41 (Feb. 10, 2012)
& 94-57 (Feb. 25, 2012)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Dartmouth
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 Princeton (14-5, 5-0 Ivy) vs. Harvard (13-6, 4-1 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Harvard leads 38-32
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton won the last two meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 84-56 (Feb. 11, 2012)
& 74-44 (Feb. 24, 2012)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Harvard
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This Week for the Tigers: Riding a 29-game Ivy League winning streak, the Princeton women's basketball team (14-5, 5-0 Ivy) returns home to host Dartmouth (6-13, 4-1 Ivy) Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and Harvard (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

Last Time Out: Despite delays due to snowstorm Nemo, the Tigers plowed through Brown and Yale last weekend. At Brown on Feb. 9, Princeton employed a late first half surge to hand the Bears a 68-37 loss.

The next day at Yale the Tigers put together their largest scoring output in program history, throttling the Bulldogs 99-53. Princeton opened the game with a 20-0 run and Niveen Rasheed scored a career-high 29 points in the effort.

On Deck: Princeton remains at home next weekend hosting Columbia on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Cornell the next night at 6 p.m.

Princeton Plays Pink: Saturday's game versus Harvard marks the Tigers' annual Princeton Plays Pink benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation, YWCA Princeton and Robert Wood Johnson. All fans will receive free admission and snacks by wearing pink to the game. There will be prizes, a silent auction and a postgame autography session.

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 Dartmouth: Dartmouth enters this weekend at 6-13 and tied for second in the Ivy League with a 4-1 record. The Big Green fell to Harvard to open league play, but have won their last four.

Faziah Steen leads the offense averaging 12.2 points per game and Tia Dawson is the team's rebounding leader with 7.9 per game.

All-Time vs. Dartmouth: Dartmouth owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 43-25. The series began in 1976-77 and the Tigers have won the last six meetings. Princeton handed the Big Green a 72-41 loss on Feb. 10 and followed that up with a 94-57 win on Feb. 25 to conclude the 2012 season sweep.

Scouting Harvard: Second-place Harvard travels to Princeton riding a three-game winning streak. The Crimson are 13-6, 4-1 Ivy after their 69-60 win over Cornell on Feb. 10.

Christine Clark leads Harvard's trio of double figure scorers with 16.6 points per game. The Crimson do feature first-year player Temi Fagbenle, a member of the 2012 Great Britain Olympic team, who is averaging 11.9 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game.

All-Time vs. Harvard: Harvard owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 38-32. The series between began in 1974-75. The Tigers' swept last season's meetings, dropping the Crimson 84-56 on Feb. 11. Princeton followed that up with a 30-point victory, 74-44, on Feb. 24.

Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week: For the 11th time of her career and second in as many weeks, senior Niveen Rasheed was named Ivy League Player of the Week. She is now tied for third all-time in Ivy history earning the weekly honor.

At Brown on Feb. 9, she scored 10 points and tallied team-highs in rebounds (9) and steals (6) in the Tigers' 68-37 win. The following evening at Yale, Rasheed put together a career performance. She scored a game-high 29 points, setting a new career-high, and grabbed 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year. Princeton defeated the Bulldogs 99-53, establishing a new single-game scoring mark.

Dominating at Home: Princeton currently is riding a 14-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.

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.

Top-25 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 20 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.

Commanding the Conference: Over the past four years Princeton is averaging +27.7 margin of victory in Ivy play. This year the Tigers are holding a +36.8  margin over the first five games.

Helmstetter Notches First Double-Double: Junior Kristen Helmstetter recorded her first career double-double at Yale on Feb. 10. The forward scored 18 points and grabbed 10 defensive rebounds in 26 minutes of work.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (25th), scoring margin (11th), field goal percentage (21st), field goal percentage defense (9th), rebound margin (3rd), assists/game (13th) and assist turnover ration (19th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 78 in points, No. 71 in rebounds and No. 97 in steals per game per game, and No. 72 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 are No. 6 with 580 points in the Feb. 12 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.

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 Sunday in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now 109-55 all-time and 69-16 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 & State Farm "Wade Watch" list: Senior Niveen Rasheed was selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, the 50-player Naismith Watch List and the 33-player State Farm "Wade 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 46-1. 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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