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Women's Basketball Home Opener Tonight vs. Rider

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/20/2012
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 Princeton (1-1) vs. Rider (1-2)
  Game Info:
Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Jadwin Gym   
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 21-8
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 75-55 on Nov. 27, 2011
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Rider
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The Princeton women's basketball team will open the home half of the 2012-13 schedule tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 20 versus local rival Rider at 7 p.m. in Jadwin Gym. The Tigers return home riding a 1-1 record and look to get back into the win column in front of the home crowd.

Last Time Out: The Tigers' 18-game regular season winning streak was snapped last weekend in a 56-45 loss at Marist on Nov. 17. Princeton held the advantage in the first half, but a second half Red Fox rally would be too much to overcome for the Tigers.

On Deck: The Tigers hit the road for their longest trip of the season with a post-Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California. Princeton faces UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 23 at 10 p.m. ET and UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. ET.

Follow the Tigers: Live audio, video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Dan Loney will be live on the air broadcasting all home games for the Tigers.

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 Rider: After opening the year with a 62-50 win on Nov. 9 at Stony Brook, Rider has dropped its last two games. Most recently, the Broncs (1-2) are coming off a 70-67 loss to Mount St. Mary's at home.

MyNeshia McKenzie leads Rider with 17.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, both team-highs. Sironda Chambers and Caitlin Bopp follow, averaging 13.7 and 10 points per game, respectively.

Tigers All-Time vs. Rider: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Rider, 21-8. The Tigers have won the last four contests, including a 20-point victory, 75-55, last year on Nov. 27, 2011.

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. 

Not So New: While they may be true freshmen, Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley were outstanding in their collegiate debuts at St. Joe's. Miller was the team's third leading scorer with 10 points and Wheatley followed with nine points. Also making their debut was guard Amanda Berntsen.

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 votes.

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.

Mid-Major Poll Watch: Princeton remains ranked No. 4 in the College Insider Preseason Poll. The Tigers collected 653 votes to be placed in the top-five.

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.

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.

Tyler 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.








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