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Tigers Aiming to Capture Fourth Straight Ivy Title, Senior Night Saturday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/06/2013
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(L to R): Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polansky & Niveen Rasheed
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 Princeton (19-6, 10-1 Ivy) vs. Yale (12-14, 6-5 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Mar. 8 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 48-30
First Meeting: 1972-73
Series Streak: Princeton won the last eight meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 99-53 (Feb. 9, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Yale
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 Princeton (19-6, 10-1 Ivy) vs. Brown (9-17, 3-9 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 6 p.m.
  Location:
Jadwin Gym
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 39-29
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton won the last 14 meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 68-37 (Feb. 8, 2013)
Game Notes: Princeton vs. Brown
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball team (19-6, 10-1 Ivy) has its sights set on capturing its fourth consecutive outright Ivy League title with a weekend sweep. The Tigers' final home weekend of 2012-13 kicks off with Yale (12-14, 6-5 Ivy) on Friday, Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. Saturday Brown (9-17, 3-9 Ivy) travels to Jadwin Gym for a 6 p.m. meeting. Prior to the game, the program will recognize the Class of 2013 in their annual Senior Night ceremony.

Last Time Out: Poor shooting and a sluggish first half was too much to overcome for the Tigers, as the squad suffered their first Ivy League loss since 2011. Harvard opened with the early advantage and silenced every Princeton momentum run to edge the Tigers 58-55 on Mar 1.

The following night, Dartmouth took the early advantage and held a 36-33 lead at the break. 21 points from seniors Megan Bowen and Niveen Rasheed, along with 23 made free throws were enough to lift Princeton past the Big Green, 68-60.

On Deck: Princeton heads to Penn on Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. for its regular season finale. It will be a basketball doubleheader with the men's team facing the Quakers at 7:30 p.m. at The Palestra.

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 Yale: Yale heads to Princeton riding a two-game winning streak and sits at 12-14, 6-5 Ivy.

The Bulldogs are led by a trio of double figure scorers in Sarah Halejian (14.0), Janna Graf (11.9) and Megan Vasquez (10.3). Graf leads Yale's rebounding efforts with 5.4 per game.

All-Time vs. Yale: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Yale, 48-30. The series was established in 1972-73 and the Tigers have won the last eight meetings.

Princeton opened with a 20-0 run and exploded past the Bulldogs in the first meeting on Feb. 10 in New Haven, Conn. The Tigers scored a program-high 99 points, handing the Bulldogs a 99-53 loss. Four players scored in double figures, including a pair of double-doubles from Kristen Helmstetter and Niveen Rasheed, as the Tigers shot a season-best 58.6 percent.

Scouting Brown: Brown (9-17, 3-9 Ivy) has lost nine of its last 11 games, including a most recent 58-55 defeat versus Columbia on Mar. 2.

Lauren Clarke leads the Bear offense with 13.5 points per game, while second-leading scorer Sheila Dixon (12.3) serves as the squad's rebounding leader with 4.8 boards per game.

All-Time vs. Brown: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Brown, 48-30. The series was established in 1974-75 and Tigers have won the last 14 meetings.

In their meeting earlier this year on Feb. 8, the Bears managed to keep the game within range for much of the first half before a pair of Blake Dietrick triples set up a double figure first half lead, 35-21. Princeton went on to limit Brown to 16-second half points and handed the Bears a 68-37 loss.

Thanks for the Memories!: Prior to Saturday's game versus Brown, the women's basketball program will recognize the contributions of the Class of 2013. It will be the final home game for Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polansky and Niveen Rasheed, along with manager Amanda Roman.

The Ivy Race: Two games ahead of second-place Harvard and Penn, the Tigers have the chance to win their fourth consecutive outright Ivy League title with a sweep over Yale and Brown this weekend.

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.

Tigers Establish New Ivy Win Streak: This season Tigers set a new Ivy League win streak record with 33 consecutive wins spanning the 2010-11 - 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 in a 58-55 loss.

Bowen's Big Night: Senior center Megan Bowen had a career night at Dartmouth on Mar. 2. She scored 12 first half points en route a career-high 21. She went 8-for-11 from the field, a career-best in field goals made, and 5-for-6 from the stripe, a season-high in free throws made. She tied for leading scorer in the game with classmate Niveen Rasheed.

Rasheed Added to Fourth National Watch List: Niveen Rasheed is one of 20 NCAA Division I women's basketball players named to the 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List, it was announced by U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

This is the fourth national watch list Rasheed has been named to this year. She already has been selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, 50-player Naismith Watch List and 33-player State Farm "Wade Watch" list. She is the only Ivy League representative on any of the national award watch lists.

Miller Time: On Feb. 22 versus Columbia, freshman Michelle Miller scored a career and game-high 21 points. She went 7-for-13 from the field and dropped a career-best five triples. Miller accounted for almost half of the bench's 53 points in her 24 minutes of work.

Under 50: The Tigers have held 10 opponents to 50 points or less this year.

Top-30 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 28 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 +27.6 margin of victory in Ivy play. This year the Tigers are holding a +25.6 margin over the first nine games. 

Princeton is 56-2 in league play since Feb. 27, 2008.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 15 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (16th), scoring defense (23rd), scoring margin (7th), field goal percentage (19th), field goal percentage defense (9th), rebound margin (4th), three-point field goal percentage (44th), win-loss percentage (33rd), assists/game (9th), turnovers per game (49th) and assist turnover ration (12th).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 67 in points, No. 71 in rebounds and No. 44 in steals per game, and No. 94 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 slip a spot to No. 5 with 633 points in the Mar. 5 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.

A Look at the Losses: All six Tiger losses were suffered on the road, with five at the hands of top-50 RPI opponents. Four defeats were to current or formerly nationally ranked programs.

Tiger Milestones: Senior Megan Bowen reached the 500-point milestone versus Harvard on Feb. 16 and has scored 523 points over her Tiger career. Classmate Kate Miller is at 511, eclipsing the milestone versus Columbia on Feb. 22.

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.

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 114-65 all-time and 75-17  in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.

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 two Ivy League losses throughout their careers, going 51-2. 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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