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Women's Basketball Closes Out Road Swing at Brown & Yale This Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/07/2013
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 Princeton (12-5, 3-0 Ivy) at Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Feb. 8 at 12 noon *time change*
  Location:
Providence, R.I.
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 38-29
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last 13 meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 57-45 (Feb. 3, 2011)
& 77-60 (Mar. 3, 2011)
Game Notes: Princeton at Brown
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Princeton (12-5, 3-0 Ivy) at Yale (6-12, 1-3 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. *day & time change*
  Location:
New Haven, Conn.
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 47-30
First Meeting: 1972-73
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last eight meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 72-47 (Feb. 4, 2011)
& 71-53 (Mar. 2, 2011)
Game Notes: Princeton at Yale
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This Week for the Tigers: Riding a 27-game Ivy winning streak, the Princeton women's basketball team (12-5, 3-0 Ivy) heads to Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) on Friday, Feb. 8 for a 12 noon meeting, before traveling to Yale (6-12, 1-3 Ivy) on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. against the Bulldogs. 

Please note due to the impending inclement weather, both times and days have been changed for this weekend.

Last Time Out: The Tigers dominated Cornell 77-46 on Feb. 1. Niveen Rasheed scored a game-high 21 points and Blake Dietrick dropped a career-high 17 points, as the Tigers' shot 58.6 percent (34-for-58) from the field. All five freshmen got in on the action, combining for 17 of the bench's 40 points.

The next day at Columbia, five double figure scorers, including a Rasheed double-double (15 points, 16 rebounds) guided Princeton to an 87-41 victory.

On Deck: Coming off a month of finals and road games, the Tigers return home for a four-game homestand. Princeton hosts Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 15 and Harvard the following night. The game versus the Crimson will be the program's annual Princeton Plays Pink game.

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 Brown: After opening the Ivy slate with a win over Yale, Brown (7-11, 1-3 Ivy) has dropped its last three games.

Lauren Clarke leads the offense averaging 14.6 points per game. Sophie Bikofsky and Sheila Dixon are the rebounding leaders with 4.7 per game.

All-Time vs. Brown: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Brown, 38-29. The Tigers have won the last 13 meetings, handing the Bears a 57-45 defeat on Feb. 3 and a 77-60 loss on Mar. 3 last season.

Scouting Yale: Yale enters this weekend riding a 6-12, 1-3 Ivy record. The Bulldogs have dropped their last two consecutive contests at home.

The offense is led by Sarah Halejian's 13.8 points and 3.0 assists per game, while Megan Vasquez is the squad's rebounding leader with 3.6 per game.

All-Time vs. Yale: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Yale, 47-30. The Tigers have won the last seven meetings, dropping the Bulldogs 72-47 on Feb. 4 and 71-53 on Mar. 2 a year ago.

27 and Counting...: The Tigers' 87-41 win over Columbia on Feb. 2 marked their 27th consecutive Ivy League victory. This is the longest winning streak in Ivy history and the second-longest current conference winning streak in the nation (Baylor, 32).

Princeton is 49-1 in Ivy play since Feb. 27, 2008.

Rasheed Earns Third Ivy Player of the Week Honor, Named to Wade Watch List: Senior Niveen Rasheed earned her 10th career Ivy Player of the Week award following her 36-point, 21-rebound and seven-assist weekend. She is now tied for fourth all-time in Ivy League history.

The guard was also named to her third national watch list, garnering a spot on the 33-player State Farm "Wade Watch" list.

Dominating at Home: Princeton currently is riding a 14-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.

Top-25 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 21 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated four top-100 teams. Princeton has faced nine top-100 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.

Dietrick Has Career Night: Freshman Blake Dietrick scored a career-high 17 points at Cornell on Feb. 1. She went 7-for-8 from the field, including tallying a pair of treys, while grabbing five boards, dishing five assists and making two steals in only 22 minutes of work.

Commanding the Conference: Over the past four years Princeton is averaging +27.5 margin of victory in Ivy play. This year the Tigers are holding a +35.7 margin over the first three games.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (34th), scoring margin (19th), field goal percentage (37th), field goal percentage defense (18th), rebound margin (3rd), assists/game (27th) and assist turnover ration (20th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 89 in points and No. 71 in rebounds per game per game, and No. 83 field goal percentage.

Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked team this year. The Tigers have also faced three teams who were receiving votes towards a national ranking in Rutgers, Delaware and DePaul.

The Tigers are 0-1 versus ranked teams and 1-2 versus receiving votes programs. Overall, Princeton's three losses were by an average of 8.3 points.

College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers moved up to No. 4 with 614 points in the Feb. 5 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.

A Look at the Losses: All five Tiger losses were suffered on the road at the hands of all top-50 RPI opponents, including four current or formerly nationally ranked programs.

Opponent Low: Princeton held Illinois State to only 23.4 percent (15-for-64) from the field, for a season-best mark in its 67-50 victory on Dec. 19.

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 PrincetonAssists4Africa@gmail.com.

Banghart Reaches Career Milestone: Sixth season head coach Courtney Banghart won her 100th career game at the helm of the Princeton women's basketball program Sunday in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now 107-55 all-time and 67-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.

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.

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 44-1. 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.

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.

Status Update: Junior Nicole Hung suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.





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