This Week for the Tigers:
• Atop the Ivy League standings, the Princeton women’s basketball team (17-6, 8-1 Ivy) will close out the road half of its conference schedule this weekend.
• The Tigers open with Yale (12-12, 6-2 Ivy) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by a meeting at Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) the next night at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out:
• Princeton came out of its big weekend with sole possession of first place in the league.
• The Tigers handedly defeated Dartmouth on Feb. 21, 87-46, to sweep the season series in Hanover, N.H.
• The next night featured a rematch versus Harvard, the only team to defeat Princeton this year, and it proved to be a thriller to the wire.
• After trailing by as much as nine, including a 31-28 halftime deficit, the Tigers employed a second half push to earn a 69-64 victory.
• Princeton will close out the regular season with a three-game homestand, beginning with Cornell (Mar. 7) and Columbia (Mar. 8).
• Senior Night will be prior to the Columbia contest.
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Ivy League Digital Network:
• Fans can tune into all Princeton’s Ivy League contests live on the Ivy League Digital Network. All home games will feature live play-by-play with the video stream.
• To sign up visit IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
• Yale (12-12, 6-4 Ivy) is coming off a home sweep of Cornell, 60-52, and Columbia, 73-68, last weekend.
• The Bulldogs are averaging 66.8 points per game, a -0.8 scoring margin versus opponents.
• The offense is powered by this week’s Ivy co-Player of the Week Sarah Halejian’s 16.0 points per game. She also leads the team with 2.3 steals per game, as the Bulldogs lead the league in the stat with 8.9 per game.
• Yale also tops the Ivies in turnover margin with 15.2 (+3.17) and on the offensive glass with 15.3 per game. As a unit, the Bulldogs are averaging 39.1 boards per game.
All-Time versus Yale:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Yale, 50-30, including winning the last 10 meetings and going 11-2 under head coach Courtney Banghart.
• The series was established in 1972-73 and Friday’s meeting marks the 81st between the Ancient Eight foes.
• In the first meeting this season, Princeton scored season-high 96 points behind 59.7 percent (18-for-32) shooting to top Yale 96-75 on Feb. 15 at Jadwin Gym.
• The Tigers were led by five in double figures, including Blake Dietrick’s career-high 28 points.
• Since losing to Princeton on Feb. 14, Brown (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) is riding a four-game skid entering this weekend’s action.
• The Bears are averaging 64.3 points per game, a +1.4 scoring margin, led by their league-leading 7.7 three-pointers (37.9 percent) per game. Brown has also seen significant production come from the stripe shooting 72.7 percent (335-461) to lead the league.
• Lauren Clarke and Sophie Bikofsky headline the offense with 16.0 and 13.5 points per game. Bikofsky also leads the team in rebounding with 4.1 per game.
All-Time versus Brown:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Brown, 39-29, including winning the last 14 consecutive meetings and going 13-0 under head coach Courtney Banghart.
• The series was established in 1974-75 and Friday’s meeting marks the 69th meeting between both Ivy programs.
• Princeton earned an 81-71 win over Brown on Feb. 14 at Jadwin Gym in the first meeting this season.
• The Tigers shot just shy of 50 percent from the field and were led by a trio of double figure scorers in Blake Dietrick (27), Kristen Helmstetter (13) and Alex Wheatley (16).
Back to the Top:
• Coming off their weekend sweep the Tigers have moved into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
• Harvard entered the weekend in first, but a sweep by Penn and Princeton dropped the Crimson back two (7-3). Penn then fell to last-place Dartmouth to move to second place at 7-2.
• Princeton now controls its own destiny and has the chance to capture the Ivy League for an unprecedented fifth consecutive season.
Tarakchian Earns First Career Player of the Week Nod:
• Super sub sophomore Annie Tarakchian earned her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor coming off her career weekend.
• The guard/forward averaged only 18 minutes per game, but was highly productive tallying 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 84.6 percent (11-for-13) from the field over the two-day slate.
• She paced the Tigers with 14 points at Dartmouth on Feb. 21, setting a new personal best. Tarakchian’s record day extended to her 6-of-7 shooting from the field and matched her career high with two three-pointers.
• The next night at Harvard she topped her newly minted points record with 15, including a career-high three triples, and grabbed four boards.
The League’s Top Offense: Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 75.4 points per game (+11.4).
Off the Glass: Along with pacing the Ivies in scoring, the Tigers are averaging a conference-best 42.0 rebounds per game (+9.0).
May I Assist You?: The Tigers’ 16.6 assists per game serves as the league’s best, headlined by senior Kristen Helmstetter’s Ivy-leading 3.7 per game.
Wheatley, Tigers Top Field Goal Percentage:
• Princeton is paced by Alex Wheatley’s league-leading 57.1 (100-175) field goal percentage.
• As a team the Tiger lead the Ivies in the category, shooting 48.1 percent (642-1,336).
Seven Straight and Some More Numbers:
• Princeton’s climb to the top of the Ivies has been guided by a seven-game winning streak.
• The Tigers have only suffered two losses since Dec. 6, rolling with a 14-2 record during that span. Since the start of 2014, the Tigers are 9-1.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton slips a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 and is tabbed No. 15 with 332 points this week.
• The Tigers are 4-1 versus polling opponents.
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in four categories as of the Feb. 24 stats update:
• No. 7 - field goal percentage (48.1)
• No. 12 - rebound margin (9.0)
• No. 25 - assists/game (16.6)
• No. 33 - scoring margin (11.4)
• No. 44 - scoring offense (75.4)
• No. 45 - assists turnover ratio (1.05)
• Blake Dietrick is No. 10 in three-point field goal percentage (44.5) and No. 46 in three-point field goals/game (2.65)
• Princeton currently ranks No. 56 in the Feb. 24 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn and Harvard are ranked Nos. 71 and 85, respectively.