This Week for the Tigers:
• The Princeton women’s basketball team hosts its season home opener this Sunday, Nov. 17 versus Marist (0-1) at 2 p.m.
• The Tigers will host their banner unveiling pregame and a special ceremony honoring the Class of 2013 at halftime.
Last Time Out:
• The Tigers came within a possession in both halves, but were unable to overcome Rutgers and ultimately fell 79-65 in their season opener on Nov. 10.
• Blake Dietrick scored a game-high and career-high 20 points, tallying a career-best seven field goals.
• In her first career start Alex Wheatley notched her first double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.
• Along with sophomore Wheatley moving into the starting five, classmates Amanda Berntsen and Michelle Miller earned their first career starts versus the Scarlet Knights.
• Princeton opens a two-game road swing beginning with a midweek meeting at local rival Rider on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
• The Tigers then head to Georgetown for a Saturday, Nov. 23 contest in Washington, D.C. at 2 p.m.
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• 2013 NCAA participant Marist is coming off a season-opening 75-61 loss to Kentucky on Nov. 8.
• The Red Foxes (0-1) will face Albany on the road on Thursday, Nov. 14 before heading to Princeton Sunday.
• The offense is led by Leanne Ockenden who went 6-for-11 from the field and finished with 16 points versus the Wildcats.
• Emma O’Connor also landed in double figures with 10 points and a team-high seven boards.
All-Time versus Marist:
• The all-time series between Princeton and Marist is tied 1-1 and this will be third meeting between both sides in three years.
• Marist evened the series in 2012, earning a 56-45 victory on Nov. 17 at home.
• In a back-and-forth battle Princeton built as high as an eight-point second half lead, but was unable to sustain its advantage with 10 minutes left in regulation.
• Megan Bowen ’13 led the squad with 12 points, while Niveen Rasheed ’13 added 10 rebounds.
• Junior Blake Dietrick made quite a splash in her season debut establishing a new career-high with 20 points. Her double figure scoring effort also was a game high.
• Along with her 20 points, she made a career-best seven field goals.
• Sophomore Alex Wheatley recorded her first career double-double at Rutgers on Nov. 10.
• Along with her 14 points, she notched a career-high 10 boards.
First Career Starts: Sophomore trio of Amanda Berntsen, Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley earned their first career starts at Rutgers on Nov. 10.
And Now Debuting:
• Freshmen Jackie Reyneke and Vanessa Smith made their Tiger debuts off the bench at Rutgers on Nov. 10.
• Reyneke had two rebounds and an assist, while Smith added seven points, a rebound and a steal.
Raise the Banner Day:
• Princeton’s 2013 Ivy League championship and NCAA tournament appearance will be recognized as both banners will be unveiled prior to tipoff Sunday.
• At halftime the Class of 2013 will return to campus to be honored.
About the Tigers:
• Princeton welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including All-Ivy selection Kristen Helmstetter.
• Despite losing four starters, Princeton has three players returning to action in Blake Dietrick, Helmstetter and Hung who all have starting experience.
• The junior class welcomes a pair of players back in Alex Rodgers and Jess Shivers, both missed last year due to injury.
• The five-player sophomore class has blossomed into key cogs in the lineup and will be called upon further to contribute, especially Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley who saw action in every game last year.
• Adding depth, size and versatility are a trio of freshmen, including 6-4 forward Jackie Reyneke who now claims the Tigers’ tallest player spot on the roster.
Tabbed to Win Fifth Straight Ivy Title:
• For the fifth consecutive season the Princeton women’s basketball team has been picked to win the Ivy League.
• Coming off their fourth straight conference title, the Tigers earned 130 points and 13 first-place votes in the poll.
• Princeton was not the unanimous choice to win the league, as Harvard garnered 120 points and three first-place votes and Penn picked up 98 points and a first-place vote to round out the top-three.
Ranked Opponents: Both Rutgers and Marist were/are receiving votes towards a national ranking at the time of the meeting.
Briefly the 2013-14 Schedule:
• Princeton will face eight teams that earned postseason berths a year ago, including three teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament and three that played in the WNIT.
• Princeton will host 11 games at Jadwin Gym and the Ivy League slate begins on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Penn.
Leaders of the Pack: Seniors Kristen Helmstetter and Nicole Hung were named co-captains for 2013-14.
Rasheed ‘13 Inks Pro Contract:
• The most prolific player in Princeton women’s basketball history, Niveen Rasheed ’13, signed a professional contract to play for Ippokratis Kos of the first division in Kos, Greece.
• Princeton’s first AP All-America, Rasheed carved a new landscape for Ivy League women’s basketball during her career.
• Despite missing half of her sophomore season due to an ACL injury, she concluded her tenure ranked fourth in points with 1,617, among numerous other statistical rankings in the Tigers’ all-time record book.
• The 2012 and 2013 unanimous Ivy Player of the Year and the 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year, Rasheed was a three-time First-Team All-Ivy selection among garnering numerous national accolades.
Smith Plays Overseas to Prep for Rookie Campaign:
• Freshman Vanessa Smith was one of eight current and former collegians who went to play in Ukraine with Athletes in Action this past summer.
• The squad played three games, facing the junior and senior national teams and a university team.
• With Athletes in Action, a faith-based organization, the group helped run a youth tournament as part of a service component to their trip.
Former Captain Brown ‘10 Earns Fulbright Scholarship:
• Former Princeton captain Tani Brown ‘10 was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Vietnam for an English Teaching Assistantship, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced.
• Brown is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
• Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Tigers Establish New Ivy Win Streak:
•Last year the Tigers set a new Ivy League win streak record with 33 consecutive wins spanning the 2010-11 through 2012-13 seasons.
• Harvard previously held the record with 32 straight wins from 1995-96 through 1997-98.
• Fortuitously Princeton snapped the streak with a 56-53 win on Feb. 7, 1998.
• The Crimson countered by snapping the Tigers’ streak on Mar. 1, 2013 in a 58-55 loss.
Four-Peat Ivy Champs!:
• Boasting a 54-2 Ivy record the past four years, Princeton called itself the outright Ivy League champion once again in 2013.
• This was the first time an Ivy program has earned four consecutive automatic berths into the NCAA tournament.
• This group was the first since the 1974-78 teams to win four consecutive Ivy titles and first since the double round robin was established.
• During head coach Courtney Banghart’s tenure at Princeton, the Tigers have established new Ivy League records year-in and year-out.
• They have earned the highest seeds in the NCAA tournament at No. 9 the last two seasons, No. 11 and No. 12, in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
• The squad earned the first-ever national ranking at No. 24 in the 2012 final AP Top 25 Poll and is the first team to advance to four consecutive NCAA tournaments.
One of the Ivy’s Best:
• The Class of 2013 is tied for the winningest class in Ivy men’s or women’s basketball history.
• Over their four-year run from 2009-10 to 2012-13, last year’s seniors went 54-2 in Ivy play matching only the Penn men’s basketball team’s Class of 1996 (1992-93 to 1995-96).
Rasheed & Polansky Take Top Ivy Postseason Honors, Four Tigers Recognized:
• Niveen Rasheed ’13 was voted the unanimous Ivy Player of the Year for the second straight year.
• Rasheed is only the second Tiger to receive the award, as Addie Micir ’11 earned it first in 2011, and Princeton is the first team to earn three consecutive Player of the Year awards since Penn from 1999-2001.
• Rasheed was also the unanimous 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year, making her only the second player in Ivy history to earn three postseason awards unanimously.
• Lauren Polansky ’13 was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season, and Megan Bowen ’13 and Kristen Helmstetter ’14 earned second-team All-Ivy accolades.
• Polansky is only the second recipient of the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year award over its five-year history.