This Week for the Tigers:
• The Princeton women’s basketball team (2-2) hosts its final home game versus local rival St. Joseph’s (4-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. before hitting the road on a four-game road swing.
• Tuesday marks a basketball doubleheader at Jadwin Gym, as the men’s team hosts George Mason at 8 p.m.
Last Time Out:
• After winning consecutive contests versus MAAC opponents Marist and Rider, the Tigers lost at Georgetown, 66-64, in a buzzer beater on Nov. 23.
• In a tale of two halves, Princeton responded from its poor shooting first half to take the lead multiple times over the final period.
• The Tigers went on a 10-1 rally with less than 10 minutes to play, but were unable to sustain their 59-54 lead and ultimately allowed the Hoyas to take the final offensive possession with seconds left in regulation.
• Princeton hits the road for four games beginning with its longest trip of the year to the Pacific Northwest.
• A post-Thanksgiving weekend is slated for the Tigers at Portland State (Nov. 30) and Oregon (Dec. 1).
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Scouting St. Joseph’s:
• St. Joseph’s, winner of its last three contests, heads to Princeton with a 4-1 record.
• The Hawks’ lone loss, 80-64, came on Nov. 10 at then-No. 15 LSU.
• St. Joe’s is outscoring opponents 75.4 to 65.4 (+10.0) and is averaging 33.6 rebounds per game.
• SJU is led by a trio of double figure scorers, including Sarah Fairbanks’ team-leading 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
All-Time versus St. Joseph’s:
• St. Joseph’s owns the all-time series versus Princeton 9-2; however the Tigers have won the last two meetings.
• In the 2012-13 season opener Princeton handed St. Joseph’s a 69-59 loss in Philadelphia on Nov. 11.
• Niveen Rasheed ’13 and Nicole Hung ’14 led the Tigers with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the Tigers outrebounded the Hawks 44-35 and made 22 second chance points.
Double Figure Trends:
• Senior Kristen Helmstetter has scored in double figures in the last three games to average 12.8 points per game, tied for a team-best. The forward also has a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.
• After posting her first career double figure scoring game at Rider, Taylor Williams again went 5-for-6 at Georgetown to reach the double digit scoring mark for the second time in as many games. She finished with 10 points.
Wheatley Matches Career High:
• Sophomore Alex Wheatley’s three first half blocks at Georgetown matched a career high and brought her season total to a team-leading four.
• She’s averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for third and second-best on the team, respectively.
Rebound Streak Snapped:
• After outrebounding opponents in the first three games, Georgetown finished holding a 47-42 advantage on Nov. 23.
• The Tigers did tally a 20-19 offensive board lead, but the Hoyas held a 20-8 second chance point advantage.
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.
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.