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Four-Peat Minded Women's Basketball to Open 2012-13 at St. Joseph's

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/09/2012
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 Princeton (0-0) at St. Joseph's (0-0)
  Game Info:
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.
  Location:
Philadelphia, Pa.    
All-Time Series Record: 
St. Joseph's leads 9-1
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 79-62 on Nov. 11, 2011
Game Notes:
Princeton at St. Joseph's
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This Week for the Tigers: The three-time reigning Ivy League champion Princeton women's basketball team will open the 2012-13 campaign this weekend at St. Joseph's on Sunday, Nov. 11. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m. in Philadelphia.

A Look at 2011-12: The Tigers went 24-5 last season, including putting together their second perfect 14-0 Ivy sweep in three years. In addition to winning their third consecutive conference crown, the Tigers were the only NCAA Division I men's or women's team to defeat all conference opponents by 10 points or more. Princeton entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 24 team in the nation, but ended up falling short , 67-64, to Kansas State on Mar. 17 in the first round.

On Deck: Princeton remains on the road, traveling to Marist on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. matchup.

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live stats and video will be available from St. Joe's via GoPrincetonTigers.com.

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 St. Joseph's: St. Joseph's is coming off a 22-11, 9-5 Atlantic 10 record in 2011-12. The Hawks saw postseason play a year ago, advancing to the second round in the WNIT, before falling to VCU, 67-55, to conclude the year. St. Joe's was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll and has handed Philadelphia University and West Chester exhibition losses by margins larger than 40 points entering this weekend's action.

The Hawks lose last season's leading scorer Michelle Baker (13 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game) due to graduation and will look to second-leading scorer senior Ashley Prim to headline the offense. Prim averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in 33 games played in 2011-12.

Also lost to graduation is the squad's rebounding leader Kelly Cavallo, who averaged rebounds per game. St. Joe's second-leading rebounder Samir van Grinsven returns, after averaging 5.9 rebounds per game.

Tigers All-Time vs. St. Joseph's: St. Joe's owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 1-9. The Tigers snapped their losing skid versus the Hawks last season behind a 79-62 victory on Nov. 11 in Princeton.

Rasheed Named to Wooden Award Preseason Team: Senior Niveen Rasheed was selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 on Nov. 9. The Tiger forward is the only Ivy League representative on the prestigious preseason team 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 votes.

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.

Mid-Major Poll Watch: Princeton currently is ranked No. 4 in the College Sports Insider Preseason Poll. The Tigers collected 618 votes to be placed in the top-five.

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, all 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 95-50 (.660) all-time record, including a staggering 65-16 (.802) all-time Ivy record. She is five wins 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. 

Banghart Featured on TigerCast: Head coach Courtney Banghart was featured this week on GoPrincetonTiger.com's weekly Tigercast. Click here to hear from Banghart.

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.

Tyler 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.

 

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