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Undefeated in Ivy Play, Women’s Basketball Welcomes Columbia & Cornell

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/20/2013
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 Princeton (16-5, 7-0 Ivy) vs. Columbia (3-18, 1-6 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 45-16
First Meeting: 1978-79
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last nine meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 87-41 (Feb. 2, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Columbia
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@PUTIGERS @CoachBanghart

 Princeton (16-5, 7-0 Ivy) vs. Cornell (11-10, 3-4 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 45-20
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last nine meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 77-46 (Feb. 1, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Cornell
Live Media:
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@PUTIGERS @CoachBanghart

This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball team (16-5, 7-0 Ivy) opens the second half of the Ivy slate this weekend with games versus Columbia (3-18, 1-6 Ivy) on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Cornell (11-10, 3-4 Ivy) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers' extended their Ivy win streak to 31 this past weekend with victories over Dartmouth, 77-65, and Harvard, 67-51. Both contests saw the Tigers respond to first half deficits to remain perfect in Ivy play in 2013.

On Deck: Princeton hits the road for a final regular season road trip to Harvard on Friday, Mar. 1 and Dartmouth the following day.

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 Columbia: Columbia enters this weekend at 3-18, 1-6 Ivy. The Lions snapped a nine-game losing streak last weekend with a 62-51 win over Brown on Feb. 15, before falling 62-43 to Yale the next night.

Tyler Simpson leads the offense with 9.9 points per game, while Courtney Bradford is the squad's rebounding leader with 6.3 per game.

All-Time vs. Columbia: Princeton leads the all-time series versus Columbia 45-16. The series began in 1978-79 and the Tigers have won the last nine meetings. Earlier this season, Princeton handed the Lions an 87-41 loss behind five double figure scorers on Feb. 2.

Scouting Cornell: Cornell hits the road after edging Brown, 60-58, on Feb. 16. Prior the victory, the Big Red (11-10, 3-4 Ivy) had not won a game since defeating Columbia in double overtime, 71-64, on Jan. 26.

Allyson DiMagno and Clare Fitzpatrick are averaging 14.3 and 13.0 points, respectively to headline the Cornell offense. DiMagno tops the team's rebounding efforts with 11.9 per game.

All-Time vs. Cornell: Princeton leads the all-time series versus Cornell 45-20. The series was established in 1974-75 and the Tigers have won the last nine meetings. Princeton shot a season-best 58.6 percent from the field en route to a 77-46 victory over the Big Red in the first meeting of 2013 on Feb. 1.

Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week: Coming off a pair of double-double performances Princeton women's basketball senior Niveen Rasheed was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the third consecutive week and fifth time this season. This is the 12th time she's picked up the honor making her tied for second all-time in Ivy history.

The co-captain dropped a game-high 25 points, scoring over 20 points for the seventh time this season, versus Dartmouth on Feb. 15. She also made a team-high 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Rasheed followed that up with a 17-point, 10-rebound and five-steal game versus Harvard the next night.

31 and Counting...: The Tigers have won their last 31 consecutive Ivy League contests. This is the second longest active streak in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

Dominating at Home: Princeton currently is riding a 16-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.

Top-25 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 20 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated five top-100 teams. Princeton has faced 10 top-100 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.

Commanding the Conference: Over the past four years Princeton is averaging +26.2 margin of victory in Ivy play. This year the Tigers are holding a +30.3  margin over the first seven games.

Princeton is 53-1 in league play since Feb. 27, 2008.

22 by Double Figures: Princeton has won the last 22 consecutive Ivy League games by double figures. In 2012, the Tigers were the only NCAA Division I men's or women's team to defeat all conference opponents by 10 points or more.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 13 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (21st), scoring defense (45th), scoring margin (14th), field goal percentage (24th), field goal percentage defense (12th), rebound margin (7th), win-loss percentage (36th), assists/game (11th), turnovers per game (45th) and assist turnover ration (10th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 64 in points, No. 65 in rebounds and No. 67 in steals per game, and No. 96 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 are No. 6 with 582 points in the Feb. 16 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.

Tiger Milestones: Senior Megan Bowen reached the 500-point milestone versus Harvard on Feb. 16 and has scored 501 points over her Tiger career. Classmate Kate Miller is at 499 and will look to eclipse 500 this weekend.

Program Points Record: Princeton's 99-point performance at Yale on Feb. 10 eclipsed a 27-year-old program single-game points record. The Tigers' topped their 97-point record from Jan. 14, 1986 versus Long Island.

Top-25 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 20 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.

Commanding the Conference: This year the Tigers are holding a +32.7  margin over the first six games.

Helmstetter Notches First Double-Double: Junior Kristen Helmstetter recorded her first career double-double at Yale on Feb. 10. The forward scored 18 points and grabbed 10 defensive rebounds in 26 minutes of work.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (25th), scoring margin (11th), field goal percentage (21st), field goal percentage defense (9th), rebound margin (3rd), assists/game (13th) and assist turnover ration (19th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 78 in points, No. 71 in rebounds and No. 97 in steals per game per game, and No. 72 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.

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  in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now 111-64 all-time and 72-16 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 & State Farm "Wade Watch" list: Senior Niveen Rasheed was selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, the 50-player Naismith Watch List and the 33-player State Farm "Wade 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 49-1. 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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