This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball
team (2-1) hits the road for a post-Thanksgiving weekend in Southern
California. The Tigers open their furthest road trip of the year at UC
Riverside (3-1) on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. ET. Two days
later, Princeton hits the hardwood in Westwood to square off with No. 19/22
UCLA at 4 p.m. ET.
Last Time Out: Princeton was unable to maintain its first
half advantage, falling 56-45 at Marist on Nov. 17. The loss snapped the
Tigers' 18-game regular season winning streak. Princeton bounced back into the
win column with an all-around dominating 88-42 win over Rider on Nov. 20 in its
On Deck: The Tigers return home for a three-game
homestand, beginning with Rutgers on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Pregame there
will be the reigning Ivy League champions' banner raising ceremony honoring the
2011-12 team that captured Princeton's third consecutive conference crown.
Follow the Tigers: Live audio, video and stats will
be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live audio,
stats and video will be available from both UC Riverside and UCLA this weekend.
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Scouting UC Riverside: After opening the year with a
60-53 loss to Gonzaga, UC Riverside has powered through three consecutive
victories to enter Friday's meeting with a 3-1 record.
UCR is led by a set of double figure scores, with TreShont
Nottingham leading the way with 26.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.75 assists per
game. Brittany Crain is averaging 17 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per
Tigers All-Time vs. UC Riverside: This is the first meeting
between both teams in program history.
Scouting No. 19/22 UCLA: The first nationally ranked
opponent for Princeton this year, No. 19/22 UCLA enters this weekend riding a
2-0 record, including an 86-80 win at then-No. 11 Oklahoma on Nov. 14. The
Bruins will host No. 5 Notre Dame prior to facing the Tigers.
Four of UCLA's starting five are averaging double figure scoring
numbers, with Markel Walker leading the way with 15.5 points. Alyssia Brewer is
the team's second-leading scorer with 13.5 points and is the squad's rebounding
leader with 12 boards per game.
Tigers All-Time vs. UCLA: UCLA leads the all-time series
versus Princeton, 1-0. In the lone meeting between both programs, the Bruins
defeated the Tigers 69-59 on Nov. 25, 2009 in Los Angeles.
Bucking the Broncs: Behind contributions from every
active player, the Tigers easily handed Rider an 88-42 loss. Princeton held a
41-23 advantage at halftime, including a 22-3 run. The squad nearly shot 50
percent from the field, going 49.3 percent (34-for-69).
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
Michelle Miller led the newcomers with eight points and six
rebounds, second-best in the game.
Bowen Finding Her Stride: Senior center Megan Bowen has
been a consistent force for the Tigers in the post over the last three games.
She is averaging 10.3 points per game, scoring 12 points in her last two
Ranked Opponents: Sunday's meeting between No.
19/22 UCLA will mark Princeton's first game versus a ranked team.
Same Ole Rasheed: After finding her rhythm over
the first two games, senior Niveen Rasheed put on a show versus Rider on Nov.
20. In only 23 minutes of work, she had 17 points, going a perfect 7-for-7 from
the stripe, and making 11 rebounds, both team-highs.
College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers remain ranked No. 4
in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. Princeton earned 654 votes to be
tabbed fourth for the third consecutive week.
Welcome Home: This weekend's trip to Southern California
is a homecoming for three Tigers. Junior Nicole Hung and freshmen Michelle
Miller and Annie Tarakchian are all natives of the greater Los Angeles region.
The New Five: With a veteran laden squad, the Tigers are
able to start an experienced lineup led by all four seniors in Megan Bowen,
Kate Miller, Lauren Polanksy and Niveen Rasheed. Also moving into the starting
five is junior guard Nicole Hung.
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, 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 97-51 all-time record, including a staggering 65-16
all-time Ivy record. She is three 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:
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.