This Week for the Tigers:
• Riding a three-game winning streak, the Princeton women’s basketball team (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) returns home to host its annual Princeton Plays Pink game.
• The weekend opens with Brown (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
• The following day will serve as the Tigers’ pink game versus Yale (10-10, 4-2 Ivy) at 6 p.m. All fans who wear pink to the game will receive free admission.
Last Time Out:
• Princeton picked up two more Ivy wins to continue to climb towards the top of the league standings.
• Opening their road weekend, the Tigers needed a second half push and Alex Wheatley’s career-high 18 points to guide Princeton to a 70-41 win over Columbia on Feb. 7.
• After a slow first half start, where they led 29-25 at the break, the Tigers kicked off the second half with a 10-2 run and never looked back.
• In a game of runs, Princeton earned a 71-56 victory over Cornell on Feb. 8.
• After going up by as much as 15 in the opening period, the Big Red came as close as seven, 44-37, to open the second half outscoring the Tigers 9-6.
• A 6-0 run inside 10 minutes would be enough to derail Cornell for good and provide the Tigers with the game momentum.
Princeton Plays Pink:
• The Princeton women’s basketball team will host its annual Princeton Plays Pink game this Saturday versus Yale with doors opening at 5 p.m.
• The event, formerly known as Think Pink and Pink Zone, will support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center.
• All fans wearing pink will receive free admission. If you forget to wear pink, Princeton Plays Pink short sleeve t-shirts will be available for purchase for $10 at the door, with proceeds supporting breast cancer education, research and patient/survivor support.
• The road awaits the Tigers for a four-game slate, beginning at Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 21.
• A critical rematch is set for the next day, as Princeton faces Harvard, the only team to hand the Tigers a loss in Ivy play this year.
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• To connect with the women’s basketball program, follow the Tigers on Twitter via @CoachBanghart and @PrincetonWBB.
Ivy League Digital Network:
• Fans can tune into all Princeton’s Ivy League contests live on the Ivy League Digital Network. All home games will feature live play-by-play with the video stream.
• To sign up visit IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
• Brown has gone 2-1 in the month of February and enters Friday’s contest with an 8-12, 2-4 Ivy record.
• The Bears are coming off a most recent 71-55 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 8, after falling to Harvard, 91-71, the previous day.
• Brown leads the Ivy League in free throw percentage (73.9), three-point field goal percentage (38.5), three-point field goals made (156).
• They are paced by league-leader Lauren Clarke who is averaging 16.9 points per game, while Sophie Bikofsky is shooting 51.1 for the top three-point field goal percentage in the conference. Her league-leading stance extends to three-point field goals made with 67 (3.4 per game).
All-Time versus Brown:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Brown, 38-29, including winning the last 13 consecutive meetings and going 12-0 under head coach Courtney Banghart.
• The series was established in 1974-75 and Friday’s meeting marks the 68th meeting between both Ivy programs.
• In the 2013 season series, Princeton earned a 68-37 win over Brown Feb. 9 in Providence, R.I. and followed it up with an 80-51 victory on Mar. 9 at Jadwin Gym.
• Yale heads to Princeton following a weekend split and holds a 10-10, 4-2 Ivy record.
• After topping Dartmouth, 86-52 on Feb. 7, the Bulldogs were edged 58-57 by Harvard the next night.
• Yale is averaging 67.2 points per game, holding a +2.9 scoring margin over opponents. The Bulldogs are averaging 15.7 turnovers per game, a +3.05 margin, for No. 1 in the Ivy League.
• Sarah Halejian and Janna Graf lead the Bulldogs with 15.6 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.
• Off the glass, Meredith Boardman leads the rebounding effort with 6.2 per game.
All-Time versus Yale:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Yale, 49-30, including winning the last nine meetings and going 10-2 under head coach Courtney Banghart.
• The series was established in 1972-73 and Saturday’s meeting marks the 80th between the Ancient Eight foes.
• Princeton scored a record 99 points versus Yale in a 99-53 win on Feb. 10 in New Haven and closed out the 2013 season series with a 77-46 win at Jadwin Gym on Mar. 8.
Powered by Some Wheaties:
• The Princeton offense was powered by Alex Wheatley’s career and game-high 18 points in its 70-41 win over Columbia on Feb. 7.
• The sophomore went 8-of-10 from the field, matching her career-best in made field goals and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the stripe in only 22 minutes of work.
May I Assist You?:
• Over the past two years senior Kristen Helmstetter has established and reestablished new career highs.
• The forward posted a career and program season-high nine assists at Columbia.
• She has 71 assists on the year and is averaging 3.7 per game to lead the Ivy League.
50 Percent: Princeton has shot over 50 percent from the field in the last three games.
• Sophomore Michelle Miller extended her double figure scoring streak to four this past weekend, while adding a new accomplishment to the list.
• After her 14-point performance at Columbia, she recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds at Cornell .
Hunting Down First Place:
• Princeton currently is tied for second in the Ivy League with Penn, as both programs sit at 4-1.
• Harvard, the only squad to hand the Tigers a loss in Ivy play the last three seasons, is in first place at 5-1.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton moves up to No. 17 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 with 300 points this week.
• The Tigers are 3-1 versus polling opponents.
Home Ivy Streak Snapped: Princeton’s loss to Harvard marked its first at home since Feb. 13, 2009 to Yale, 56-54.
The League’s Top Offense: Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 73.8 points per game.
In the League:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring offense - 73.8
• Scoring margin - +9.7
• Field goal percentage - 47.2 (522-1,107)
• Rebounding defense - 33.6 (639)
• Rebounding margin - +8.9
• Assists - 16.5 (314)
• Alex Wheatley is No. 1 in field goal percentage - 54.4 (80-147)
• Kristen Helmstetter is No. 1 in assists - 3.7 (71)
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in four categories as of the Feb. 2 stats update:
• No. 8 - field goal percentage (47.2)
• No. 17 - rebound margin (8.9)
• No. 32 - assists per game (16.5)
• Blake Dietrick is No. 17 in three-point field goal percentage (44.3) and No. 41 in three-point field goals per game (2.68).
• Princeton currently ranks No. 61 in the Feb. 10 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn and Harvard are ranked Nos. 67 and 69, respectively.