| Princeton (5-2) vs. Hofstra (1-5)
| Game Info:
||Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
|All-Time Series Record:
||Princeton won 75-69 on Dec. 29, 2011
||Princeton vs. Hofstra
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball
team (5-2) looks to extend its two-game winning streak versus Hofstra (1-5) in
their Wednesday, Dec. 5 meeting at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Tigers put together dominating victories
at home, beginning with a 71-55 victory over Rutgers on Nov. 29. It was the
first win in 12 meetings with the Scarlet Knights.
Three days later, Princeton throttled UMBC in a 93-46 victory. The
Tigers opened with a 22-point uncontested run and had five players score in
On Deck: Princeton heads out on a four-game road
swing, beginning at Delaware on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
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 Hofstra: After opening the year with a
77-75 win over Stetson on Nov. 9, Hofstra enters this week's meeting riding a
five-game losing streak. They most recently suffered an overtime 70-67 loss to
Harvard on Dec. 1.
The Pride (1-5) is led by a pair of double figure scorers in
Shante Evans (17 ppg) and Annie Payton (10.8 ppg). Evans is also the squad's
rebounding leader with 10 boards per game.
All-Time vs. Hofstra: Princeton and Hofstra are tied
3-3 all-time in program history. The series meeting between the Tigers and
Pride was established in 1981, with Princeton winning the last matchup 74-69 on
Dec. 29, 2011.
Holiday Hoops Food Drive: Fans are encouraged to donate
cans of food at Wednesday's Hofstra game. By donating two cans at the game,
fans will receive free admission.
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
100-52 all-time and 65-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been
on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.
22-0: Princeton opened its game versus UMBC on Dec. 2 with a 22-0 run.
The Tigers held a 51-8 halftime lead, scoring 50-points or more in a half for
the first time this season.
The game also saw every active player see seven or more minutes of
Comforts of Home: The Tigers are 3-0 at home this season,
putting together a trio dominant performances at Jadwin.
Quintet 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.
Kate Miller led the offense for the first time this season with 13
points, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Double-Double: Senior Megan Bowen recorded her first
double-double of the year with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds versus
UMBC on Dec. 2. She grabbed seven defensive boards in the game, while adding
three assists and a steal.
For her work she was named the College Sports Madness Ivy Player
of the Week.
Leading the Pack: As she has done throughout her
career, senior Niveen Rasheed leads the Tigers in both points with 14.4 and
rebounds with 8.7 per game. Rasheed also leads the team in assists with 25 and
is second in steals with 15. In six of seven games, she's scored in double
figures and has a pair of double-doubles on the year.
Have You Had Your Wheaties?: Freshman Alex Wheatley scored a
career-high and team-leading 17 points versus Rutgers on Nov. 29. The forward
has been a consistent contributor off the bench and is the Tigers'
second-leading scorer with 8.4 points per game. She also is averaging 4.1 rebounds
per game, while adding 11 steals and 11 assists over seven appearances.
Helmstetter Moves into Starting Five: Junior Kristen Helmstetter moved into the starting five versus
Rutgers on Nov. 29, in place of injured Nicole Hung. In her first career start,
the forward scored 14 points, including going a perfect 4-for-4 from the
stripe, and grabbed six rebounds. Versus UMBC on Dec. 2, she went 4-for-4 from
the field, scoring 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
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
On Point: Point guard Lauren Polansky was an
all-around threat for the Tigers versus Rutgers on Nov. 29. She tied a
career-high with nine defensive rebounds, while dishing a season-high seven
assists. The co-captain also had three blocks in the game.
Rookie Debuts: All five freshmen made their Jadwin Gym
debut versus Rider on Nov. 20. The game also marked the collegiate debuts of
Annie Tarakchian and Taylor Williams. The quintet scored 26 of Princeton's 47
Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between
then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked
team. When the Tigers faced Rutgers on Nov. 29, the Scarlet Knights were
receiving votes in both national top-25 polls.
College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers are No. 7 in this
week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. The Tigers received 549 votes
in the Nov. 27 poll.
Rasheed 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 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
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 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.
Milestone Ahead: Sixth season head coach Courtney
Banghart currently boasts a 99-52 all-time record, including a staggering 65-16
all-time Ivy record. She is one win away from another career milestone - her
100th victory at the helm of the program.
Rasheed Featured on ESPN: Senior Niveen Rasheed was
featured on ESPN.com in a preseason article by women's sports writer Graham
Hays. To view the article click here:
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.
You'll Be Missed: Princeton graduated three
players for last year's team, including All-Ivy Devona Allgood and Lauren
Edwards. Between the returners and quintet of newbies, Princeton will look to
fill their void.
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.
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.