This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women’s basketball team (8-5) concludes the preseason with a Saturday, Jan. 4 meeting at Drexel (5-7) at 2 p.m. in Philadelphia.
Last Time Out:
• The Tigers went 1-1 at the Cavalier Classic last weekend, opening with the program’s first win over an SEC team in a dominating 79-59 victory over Alabama on Dec. 28.
• In the tournament championship game, Princeton would battle host Virginia for control through the first half, but was unable to sustain a second half run and fell 69-57.
On Deck: A return trip to Philadelphia is on deck for the Tigers who open the Ivy League slate at Penn on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.
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• Drexel returns home to host Princeton after snapping a two-game skid with a 69-44 win over Cornell on Dec. 30 to improve to 5-7.
• The Dragons are averaging 55.8 points per game with a +1.0 margin versus opponents.
• Princeton and Drexel have only played one common opponent in St. Joseph’s, a team both squads lost to.
• Rachel Pearson is the team’s leader in both points (10.3) and rebounds (5.2) per game, followed by Sarah Curran’s 10.0 points per game.
All-Time versus Drexel:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Drexel, 8-1, having won the last eight meetings.
• The Tigers topped the Dragons 74-59 on Dec. 31, 2012 at Jadwin Gym in their last matchup.
Dietrick Picks Up National and Ivy Player of the Week Honors:
• Junior Blake Dietrick is coming off an incredible personal week collecting both USWBA Ann Meyers Drysdal National Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
• She earned the dual honors after her 36-point combined effort at the two-game Cavalier Classic, scoring 24 from beyond the arc.
• She averaged 18 points, four rebounds and 1.5 steals over the weekend and capped it off with all-tournament honors.
• Dietrick is averaging a team-leading 15.2 points per game, tallying 10 points or more in all but three games in her first full season as a starter.
Program’s First National Player of the Week:
• Blake Dietrick’s USWBA National Player of the Week honor marks the first time in Princeton women’s basketball history a player has earned the weekly honor.
• She is only the second Ivy Leaguer to garner the accolade and first player from a non-major conference this year.
Tigers Roll Tide:
• Princeton’s 79-59 win over Alabama on Dec. 28 at the Cavalier Classic marked the program’s first-ever win over an SEC opponent.
• It was the Ivy League’s second win over an SEC team and first since 1988.
Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team:
• Along with playing in the championship game of the Virginia-hosted Cavalier Classic, Blake Dietrick and Kristen Helmstetter represented the Tigers on the all-tournament team.
• It was the first career all-tournament honors for both veterans.
Extra Minutes: Princeton’s overtime win over Delaware on Dec. 15 marked the program’s first extra period game since Dec. 19, 2010 when the Tigers fell to St. Joseph’s 70-61 in double overtime.
Five-Game Win Streak:
• The Tigers’ five-game winning streak was snapped in their 69-57 loss to Virginia.
• Princeton is 6-2 over the last over the last month.
In the League:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring offense - 74.4
• Scoring margin - +6.8
• Field goal percentage - 46.9 (358-764)
• Rebound defense - 34.5 (449)
• Rebounding margin - +8.2
• Assists - 16.2 (211)
• Taylor Williams is No. 1 in field goal percentage - 65.0 (39-60)
• Kristen Helmstetter is No. 1 in assists - 3.7 (48)
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-60 nationally in three categories as of the Dec. 30 stats update:
• No. 54 assists per game - 16.2
• No. 17 field goal percentage - 46.9
• No. 43 rebound Margin - 8.2
• Blake Dietrick is ranked No. 29 in three-point field goals per game (2.85) and No. 32 in three-point field goal percentage (44.0)
Another Four-Game Road Swing:
• The Tigers will embark on another four-game road swing before their annual break for final exams in January.
• After two games at the Cavalier Classic, Princeton will make day trips to the City of Brotherly Love to face Drexel (Jan. 4) and Penn (Jan. 11).
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25: Princeton moved up a spot to No. 13 in the Dec. 30 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll with 385 points.