This Week for the Tigers: Riding a two-game winning streak the Princeton women’s basketball team heads to Georgetown (1-2) for a 2 p.m. meeting on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Washington, D.C.
Last Time Out:
• The Tigers shot over 50 percent for their second consecutive game to earn a 75-62 victory over local rival Rider on the road on Nov. 19.
• Princeton was led by a trio of double figure scorers, while limiting the Broncs to a sub-30 shooting percentage.
• For the third straight game Princeton outrebounded its opponent, holding a 51-29 advantage against the Broncos.
• Rider was limited to only six offensive boards and seven second chance points, as the Tigers tallied 38 defensive boards.
• The Tigers return home to face another regional foe in St. Joseph’s on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
• It will be a basketball doubleheader with the men’s team hosting George Mason at 8 p.m.
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• After opening the year with an 82-78 win over Richmond, Georgetown (1-2) has suffered consecutive losses most recently, 67-52, to then-No. 10 Cal on Nov. 17.
• Freshman center Natalie Butler is averaging a double-double to lead the team with 16.3 points and 13.7 rebounds.
• Katie McCormick serves as the team’s second-leading scorer with 14.3 points per game after Shayla Cooper (16.0 points per game) became inactive after the first two games.
All-Time versus Georgetown:
• Georgetown owns the all-time series versus Princeton 2-1.
• The Tigers’ lone victory, 71-44, versus the Hoyas came on Nov. 23, 1997 in the only meeting between the pair at Jadwin Gym.
• In the last meeting, Georgetown earned a 65-49 victory on Mar. 20, 2011 in the NCAA first round in Nashville, Tenn.
• GU established a 20-point advantage at halftime, 34-14, before Princeton outscored the Hoyas 35-31 in the second half.
• Addie Micir ’11 led the Tigers with 13 points, while Devona Allgood ’12, Megan Bowen ’13 and Lauren Edwards ’12 each had five boards.
• Junior Blake Dietrick has scored in double figures over the first three contests and is coming off her team-leading 15-point performance at Rider. She went 5-for-8 from the field and added three triples.
• She leads the Tiger offense with 15.0 points per game.
• Senior Kristen Helmstetter recorded her second career double-double at Rider with 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
• She has scored in double figures in the last two games and is averaging 12.7 points per game. The senior forward’s 8.0 rebounds per game serve as a team-best.
• Sophomore Annie Tarakchian played a vital role in Princeton’s 51-rebound effort at Rider, tallying a game and career-high 11 boards.
• The guard/forward is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game, second-best on the squad.
Trio in Double Figures:
• Three Tigers are averaging double figure scoring numbers in Blake Dietrick, Kristen Helmstetter and Alex Wheatley.
• Sophomore Wheatley has 10.0 points per game, scoring in double figures twice this year.
• Sophomore Taylor Williams had a career day at Rider scoring a personal-high 12 points.
• She scored 10 crucial first half points, including an individual 6-0 run, to set up the Princeton’s double figure lead heading into halftime.
• The forward shot a career-best 5-for-6 from the field in her 24 minutes of work off the bench.
Too Much for the MAAC:
• Princeton’s last two victories have come over MAAC affiliates Marist (Nov. 17) and Rider (Nov. 19). In both games the Tigers shot over 50 percent and earned double figure victories.
• The defense held considerable rebounding margins too, as the Tigers outrebounded Marist 49-23 and Rider 51-29.
Crashing the Boards:
• For the second straight game Princeton has limited its opponent to less than 10 second chance points.
• At Rider, Princeton held a 51-29 rebounding margin, holding the Broncs to only six offensive boards and seven second chance points.
Five in Double Figures:
• Princeton had five players score in double figures versus Marist on Nov. 17, marking the first time since Mar. 9, 2013 at Brown.
• Along with four starters scoring 10 points or more, freshman Vanessa Smith added 11 in her 19 minutes of work.
Polling Opponents: Both Rutgers and Marist were receiving votes towards a national ranking at the time of the meeting.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25: Princeton enters this weekend’s action tabbed No. 10 in the Nov. 19 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 31 in the latest RPI poll.
• Only Harvard at No. 84 also represents the Ivy League in the top-100.
About the Tigers:
• Princeton welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including All-Ivy selection Kristen Helmstetter.
• Despite losing four starters, Princeton has three players returning to action in Blake Dietrick, Helmstetter and Hung who all have starting experience.
• The junior class welcomes a pair of players back in Alex Rodgers and Jess Shivers, both missed last year due to injury.
• The five-player sophomore class has blossomed into key cogs in the lineup and will be called upon further to contribute, especially Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley who saw action in every game last year.
• Adding depth, size and versatility are a trio of freshmen, including 6-4 forward Jackie Reyneke who now claims the Tigers’ tallest player spot on the roster.
Tabbed to Win Fifth Straight Ivy Title:
• For the fifth consecutive season the Princeton women’s basketball team has been picked to win the Ivy League.
• Coming off their fourth straight conference title, the Tigers earned 130 points and 13 first-place votes in the poll.
• Princeton was not the unanimous choice to win the league, as Harvard garnered 120 points and three first-place votes and Penn picked up 98 points and a first-place vote to round out the top-three.
Briefly the 2013-14 Schedule:
• Princeton will face eight teams that earned postseason berths a year ago, including three teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament and three that played in the WNIT.
• Princeton will host 11 games at Jadwin Gym, beginning with NCAA participant Marist on Sunday, Nov. 17 who is receiving 10 votes in the AP Top 25 and 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Also on the schedule currently receiving votes towards a national ranking is Delaware, with that meeting set for Sunday, Dec. 15 at Jadwin Gym.
• The Ivy League slate begins on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Penn.
Leaders of the Pack: Seniors Kristen Helmstetter and Nicole Hung were named co-captains for 2013-14.
Rasheed ‘13 Inks Pro Contract:
• The most prolific player in Princeton women’s basketball history, Niveen Rasheed ’13, signed a professional contract to play for Ippokratis Kos of the first division in Kos, Greece.
• Princeton’s first AP All-America, Rasheed carved a new landscape for Ivy League women’s basketball during her career.
• Despite missing half of her sophomore season due to an ACL injury, she concluded her tenure ranked fourth in points with 1,617, among numerous other statistical rankings in the Tigers’ all-time record book.
• The 2012 and 2013 unanimous Ivy Player of the Year and the 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year, Rasheed was a three-time First-Team All-Ivy selection among garnering numerous national accolades.
Smith Plays Overseas to Prep for Rookie Campaign:
• Freshman Vanessa Smith was one of eight current and former collegians who went to play in Ukraine with Athletes in Action this past summer.
• The squad played three games, facing the junior and senior national teams and a university team.
• With Athletes in Action, a faith-based organization, the group helped run a youth tournament as part of a service component to their trip.
Former Captain Brown ‘10 Earns Fulbright Scholarship:
• Former Princeton captain Tani Brown ‘10 was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Vietnam for an English Teaching Assistantship, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced.
• Brown is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
• Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Tigers Establish New Ivy Win Streak:
•Last year the Tigers set a new Ivy League win streak record with 33 consecutive wins spanning the 2010-11 through 2012-13 seasons.
• Harvard previously held the record with 32 straight wins from 1995-96 through 1997-98.
• Fortuitously Princeton snapped the streak with a 56-53 win on Feb. 7, 1998.
• The Crimson countered by snapping the Tigers’ streak on Mar. 1, 2013 in a 58-55 loss.
Four-Peat Ivy Champs!:
• Boasting a 54-2 Ivy record the past four years, Princeton called itself the outright Ivy League champion once again in 2013.
• This was the first time an Ivy program has earned four consecutive automatic berths into the NCAA tournament.
• This group was the first since the 1974-78 teams to win four consecutive Ivy titles and first since the double round robin was established.
• During head coach Courtney Banghart’s tenure at Princeton, the Tigers have established new Ivy League records year-in and year-out.
• They have earned the highest seeds in the NCAA tournament at No. 9 the last two seasons, No. 11 and No. 12, in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
• The squad earned the first-ever national ranking at No. 24 in the 2012 final AP Top 25 Poll and is the first team to advance to four consecutive NCAA tournaments.
One of the Ivy’s Best:
• The Class of 2013 is tied for the winningest class in Ivy men’s or women’s basketball history.
• Over their four-year run from 2009-10 to 2012-13, last year’s seniors went 54-2 in Ivy play matching only the Penn men’s basketball team’s Class of 1996 (1992-93 to 1995-96).
Rasheed & Polansky Take Top Ivy Postseason Honors, Four Tigers Recognized:
• Niveen Rasheed ’13 was voted the unanimous Ivy Player of the Year for the second straight year.
• Rasheed is only the second Tiger to receive the award, as Addie Micir ’11 earned it first in 2011, and Princeton is the first team to earn three consecutive Player of the Year awards since Penn from 1999-2001.
• Rasheed was also the unanimous 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year, making her only the second player in Ivy history to earn three postseason awards unanimously.
• Lauren Polansky ’13 was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season, and Megan Bowen ’13 and Kristen Helmstetter ’14 earned second-team All-Ivy accolades.
• Polansky is only the second recipient of the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year award over its five-year history.
• Megan Bowen ’13 and Kristen Helmstetter ’14 earned Second-Team All-Ivy honors.