Week for the Tigers:
The Princeton women's basketball team (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) returns to action this
weekend after an extended break in play due to finals. The Tigers hit the road for
their first Ivy road trip, beginning with Cornell (10-6, 2-0 Ivy) on Friday,
Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., before facing Columbia (2-13, 0-2 Ivy) the following evening
at 7 p.m.
Time Out: The Tigers
opened Ivy play throttling Penn with a 77-47 victory on Jan. 12. Princeton shot
49.2 percent (32-for-65) from the field, as three players scored in double
figures in the winning effort.
will remain on the road, heading to Brown on Friday, Feb. 8 and Yale the
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Cornell: The top
team in the Ivy League at 2-0, Cornell (10-6) is coming off consecutive
victories over Columbia. The Big Red dropped the Lions, 68-54 on Jan. 19,
before outlasting them 71-64 in double overtime on Jan. 26.
DiMagno leads the Big Red, averaging double figures in both points (13.9) and
rebounds (11.9) per game. Clare Fitzpatrick follows with 13.0 points per game,
while Spencer Lane is averaging 4.0 assists per game.
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Cornell, 44-20, including winning the
last eight meetings. The Tigers swept the Big Red in 2012, dropping them 64-35
at home on Jan. 13 and 75-39 on Feb. 18 in Ithaca, N.Y.
(2-14, 0-2 Ivy) currently is riding a five-game losing skid entering this
weekend's action. The Lions will face Penn Friday, prior to hosting the Tigers.
Simpson is the Lions' top performer, averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per
game. No other player is averaging above 7.1 points per game.
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Columbia, 40-16, winning the last
eight meetings. The Tigers trounced the Lions in both games last year, winning
95-35 on Jan. 15 and 86-46 on Feb. 17.
The Tigers' 77-47 win over Penn on Jan. 12 marked their 25th consecutive Ivy
League victory. Princeton is 47-1 in Ivy play since Feb. 27, 2008.
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. 20 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated four top-85 teams.
Princeton has faced nine top-85 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.
Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical
categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (43rd), scoring
margin (32nd), FG% defense (34th), rebound margin (12th), assists/game (27th),
assist turnover ration (23rd).
Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 93 in points per game and No. 82 in rebounds per
Tabbed Ivy Player of the Week: Kristen Helmstetter was named Ivy League Player of the Week on
Jan. 14. The junior earned her first career conference accolade and the Tigers'
third of the season.
guide the Tigers to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0
assists, while shooting 83.3 percent from the field in victories over Navy,
70-50 on Jan. 8, and Penn, 77-47 on Jan. 12.
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. 5 with 605 points in the Jan. 29
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.
in Double Figures: For
the first time this, season five players scored in double figures versus UMBC
on Dec. 2. Four of the starting five reached the scoring mark, along with
newcomer Michelle Miller in 17 bench minutes.
led the offense for the first time this season with 13 points, going 3-for-6
from beyond the arc.
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 105-55 all-time and 65-16 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 of 2011-12.
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 41-1. 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.