| Princeton (3-2) vs. Rutgers (3-1)
| Game Info:
||Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
|All-Time Series Record:
||Rutgers leads 15-3
||Rutgers won 54-53 on Nov. 18, 2010
||Princeton vs. Rutgers
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||Students will receive t-shirts courtesy of Cheeburger Cheeburger on Nassau St.
This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball
team (3-2) opens a three-game home swing beginning with local rival Rutgers
(3-1) on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Tigers went 1-1 over their Southern
California road trip. Princeton opened the weekend with a 72-68 victory over UC
Riverside on Nov. 23. Two days later at UCLA, the Tigers were unable to sustain
their first half advantage and fell to the 19th-ranked Bruins, 65-52.
Niveen Rasheed led the offense in both games, scoring 19 points at
UCR and 17 at UCLA.
On Deck: Princeton hosts UMBC on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2
p.m. and Hofstra on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Both games are part of the
Holiday Hoops Food Drive. By donating two cans of food, all fans will receive
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 Rutgers: Rutgers has won its last three
games after opening the year with a 57-51 loss at Georgia on Nov. 11. RU enters
this week's action receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches top-25
The Scarlet Knight (3-1) offense is led by a trio of double figure
scorers in: Monique Oliver (13.3 ppg), Erica Wheeler (11.0 ppg) and Betnijah
Laney (10.3 ppg). Oliver is also
Rutger's rebounding leader with 8.0 boards per game.
Tigers All-Time vs. Rutgers: Rutgers leads the all-time
series versus Princeton, 15-3. The Scarlet Knights edged the Tigers, 54-53, on
Nov. 18, 2010 in Piscataway, N.J. Lauren Edwards gave Princeton a 53-52 lead
with 1:13 to play, but Knights managed to score the game-winner with four
seconds left in regulation. RU has won the last 12 meetings between the
Leading the Pack: As she has done throughout her
career, senior Niveen Rasheed leads the Tigers in both points with 14.8 and
rebounds with 9.6 per game. Rasheed also leads the team in assists with 18 and
steals with 13. In four of five games, she's scored in double figures and has a
pair of double-doubles on the year.
This week Rasheed was named the College Sports Madness Ivy Player
of the Week.
Wheatley Leads Newcomers: Freshman Alex Wheatley has become
an immediate contributor for the Tigers. She's tied for the third-leading
scorer with 6.8 ppg and is the team's second-leading rebounder with 4.8 rpg
over 17.2 minutes of action per game.
At UC Riverside on Nov. 23, Wheatley scored in double figures for
the first time tallying 13 points. Two days later at then-No. 19 UCLA, the
forward grabbed a team-high eight boards, including six on the offensive glass.
Honoring the 2012 Ivy League Champs: Prior to Thursday's game versus
Rutgers, Princeton will honor the 2011-12 team that won the program's third
consecutive Ivy League championship.
The Class of 2012: Devona Allgood, Lauren Edwards and Laura Johnson will be in attendance for the banner unveiling ceremony.
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
Bench Points: The Tiger bench is averaging 30.6 points per
game, scoring 153 points over five games. Subs have scored 20 or more points
each game, including a pair of 40-point or more performances.
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
College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers dropped to No. 7 in
this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. The Tigers received 549
votes in the Nov. 27 poll.
Holiday Hoops Food Drive: The Tigers' games on Dec. 2 and
Dec. 5 are part of Princeton's Holiday Hoops Food Drive. By donating two cans
of food, fans will receive free admission to the games.
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
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
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 98-52 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: http://m.espn.go.com/ncw/story?storyId=8603963
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.