This Week for the Tigers: After a three-week break in play the Princeton women’s basketball team (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) resumes action with Ivy League foes Harvard (12-4, 2-0 Ivy) Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Dartmouth (3-13, 0-2 Ivy) Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out:
• In the 75th meeting between Princeton and Penn, it was the Tigers to make it 11 straight wins over the Quakers with a rousing 84-53 win on Jan. 11 to kick off their Ivy title defense.
• Penn opened with an early push and 7-5 lead before a decisive Princeton 14-0 run midway through the first half put the Tigers up for good.
• Princeton led by as much as 32 in an all-around victory that saw contributions from every active player.
• In addition to three scoring in double figures, Blake Dietrick recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Tigers hit the road for their 11th and 12th road games of the year.
• The trip opens at Columbia on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. meeting the next day at Cornell.
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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.
• Harvard enters winners of its last three games, including already sweeping Dartmouth, and sits at 12-4, 2-0 Ivy.
• The Crimson are averaging 72.6 points per game for a +6.6 scoring margin.
• Harvard is led by a trio of double figure scorers, headlined by Christine Clark’s 16.4 points per game and Temi Fagbenle’s near double-double of 13.6 points and 9.6 boards per game.
All-Time versus Harvard:
• Harvard owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 39-33.
• After winning 33 consecutive Ivy League contests, Harvard snapped Princeton’s streak with a 58-55 win on Mar. 1, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass. to split the season series.
• Dartmouth heads to Princeton riding a 3-13, 0-2 Ivy record and is 2-3 over its last five outings.
• Dartmouth is averaging 57.7 points per game, for a -12.9 scoring margin.
• Fanni Szabo and Lakin Roland lead the offense with 16.5 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Lakin also serves as the team’s rebounding leader with 5.8 per game.
• Princeton welcomes back a familiar face in former Tiger co-captain and 2011 Ivy Player of the Year Addie Micir ‘11 who is a member of the Big Green’s first-year head coach Bella Koclanes’ staff.
• The Princeton - Dartmouth connection extends deeper as Tiger head coach Courtney Banghart is a former Big Green standout from 1996-00.
• Dartmouth will square off with Penn on Friday before heading to Princeton.
All-Time versus Dartmouth:
• Dartmouth owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 43-27; however the Tigers have won the last eight consecutive meetings.
• Princeton topped the Big Green 77-65 (Feb. 15) and 68-60 (Mar. 2) in 2013.
About the League: Over the early portion of Ivy play, Princeton (1-0), Harvard (2-0) and Yale (2-0) all sit in first place with undefeated records.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton remains tabbed at No. 14 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 with 320 points.
• The Tigers will face their fourth opponent ranked in the poll this weekend in No. 13 Harvard. Princeton is 3-0 versus polling opponents.
Back in Action:
• Due to Princeton’s unique academic calendar the Tigers had a three-week break in play for first semester final exams.
• With one Ivy game under their belt, the Tigers head into the thick of the 14-game tournament looking to win an unprecedented fifth straight Ivy League title and NCAA tournament berth.
In the League:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring offense - 74.5
• Scoring margin - +8.5
• Field goal percentage - 46.2 (408-883)
• Rebounding offense - 43.1 (647)
• Rebounding defense - 34.4 (516)
• Rebounding margin - +8.7
• Assists - 16.6 (249)
• Kristen Helmstetter is tied-No. 1 in assists - 3.6 (54)
• Blake Dietrick in No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage - 46.4
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in three categories as of the Jan. 27 stats update:
• No. 16 - field goal percentage (46.2)
• No. 30 - assists per game (16.6)
• No. 21 - rebound margin (8.7)
• Blake Dietrick is tabbed No. 11 in three-point field goal percentage (46.4) and No. 13 in three-point field goals per game (3.00).
A New Streak:
• Coming off back-to-back wins in Philadelphia versus Drexel, 66-59, and Penn, 84-53, to open January, Princeton enters this weekend riding a two-game winning streak.
• The Tigers are winners of eight of their last 10 outings.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 43 in the Jan. 27 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn is No. 65 and Harvard is No. 89.
Ivy Title Defense:
• Princeton was voted to win its fifth straight Ivy title and will face the preseason poll runner up in Harvard Friday.
• The Tigers already decisively defeated Penn, who received one first-place vote.
• Princeton closed out the non-conference slate with a 9-5 record, playing all but four games on the road.
• The Tigers played four major conferences: ACC, American, Pac-12 and SEC, going 1-3.
• The Tigers strung together a five-game winning streak and were winners of seven of the last nine games entering conference action.
• With nine of 14 preseason games and the opening of the Ivy season on the road, the Tigers have definitely become road warriors.
• Princeton is 6-4 in games played away from Jadwin Gym.
Continuing to Trend: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures over the first 15 games.
Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in five games this year and are averaging 74.5 points per game.