This Week for the Tigers:
• With the Ivy League race wide open, the Princeton women’s basketball team (11-6, 2-1 Ivy) will hit the road for its first back-to-back road league contests.
• The Tigers open at Columbia (4-14, 1-3 Ivy) on Friday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m., before heading to Cornell (11-7, 3-1 Ivy) the next day for a 6 p.m. meeting. Please note Princeton’s game against the Big Red has been moved up an hour from its previously released time of 7 p.m.
Last Time Out:
• After a three-week break in play Princeton struggled to find its rhythm early and a second half rally was not enough in a 78-68 loss to Harvard on Jan. 31.
• The Tigers came within a point, 62-61, at 6:17 in the second half and teetered within a possession, but were unable to ever retake the lead.
• Princeton rebounded with a 76-53 win over Dartmouth the next night, seeing contributions from every active player.
• The Big Green kept the lead within range until a Blake Dietrick triple at 14:14 in the second half put Princeton up by double figures for good, 47-36.
On Deck: The Tigers return home to host Brown (Feb. 14) and Yale (Feb. 15).
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• Columbia remains at home after a weekend sweep by Yale and Brown and head into Friday’s meeting with a 4-14 overall and 1-3 Ivy record.
• The Lions’ lone Ivy victory came over Cornell on Jan. 18, 71-64, but the Big Red responded the next week with a 71-64 win of their own to split the season series.
• Columbia and Princeton have played one mutual opponent this year in Portland State, a win for the Tigers and a loss for the Lions during the non-conference half of the year.
• The Lions are averaging 60.6 points per game, for a -12.1 scoring margin.
• Tori Oliver, who is coming off a 21-point performance versus Brown, leads the team with 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
All-Time versus Columbia:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Columbia, 42-16, including winning the last 10 consecutive meetings.
• The series was established in 1978-79 and Friday’s contest marks the 58th between the Ivy foes.
• Princeton swept the 2013 meetings, 87-41 on Feb. 2 in New York City, and 98-36 on Feb. 22 at Jadwin Gym.
• After opening Ivy play with a loss on the road to Columbia, Cornell has won its last three straight and holds an 11-7, 3-1 Ivy record.
• With one league loss, the Big Red sit with four other Ivy teams competing for sole possession of first place.
• Princeton and Cornell have played one mutual opponent this season in Drexel, a win for the Tigers and a loss for the Big Red.
• Cornell is averaging 64.4 points per game, for a +2.3 scoring margin.
• The Big Red have gone with the same starting lineup for all 18 games this season.
• Allyson DiMagno and Nia Marshall serve as a one-two punch for the Big Red, as DiMagno leads the team in points (13.4) and rebounds (7.7) per game. Marshall follows with 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
All-Time versus Cornell:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Cornell, 46-20, including winning the last 10 straight matchups.
• The series was established in 1974-75 and Saturday’s meeting marks the 66th between the Ancient Eight programs.
• The Tigers swept last year’s contests, 77-46 in Ithaca, N.Y., and 59-34 on Feb. 23 at Jadwin Gym.
About the League:
• After last weekend’s shuffle, five teams, including Princeton, are sitting with one loss and competing for sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
• Things are still very much up for grabs as the Ivy season is only a quarter of the way completed.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton drops to No. 16 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 with 285 points this week.
• The Tigers are 3-1 versus polling opponents.
Home Ivy Streak Snapped: Princeton’s loss to Harvard marked its first at home since Feb. 13, 2009 to Yale, 56-54.
The League’s Top Offense:
• Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 74.2 points per game.
• Second-place Harvard is nearly three points behind the Tigers at 70.9 per game.
In the League:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring offense - 74.2
• Scoring margin - +8.2
• Field goal percentage - 46.5 (466-1003)
• Rebounding defense - 34.1 (579)
• Rebounding margin - +8.8
• Assists - 16.5 (280)
• Alex Wheatley is No. 1 in field goal percentage - 52.6 (70-133)
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in four categories as of the Feb. 2 stats update:
• No. 12 - field goal percentage (46.5)
• No. 18 - rebound margin (8.8)
• No. 32 - assists per game (16.5)
• No. 49 - assist turnover ration (1.06)
• Blake Dietrick is No. 16 in three-point field goal percentage (44.0) and No. 35 in three-point field goals per game (2.82)
Get Some Wheaties:
• Sophomore Alex Wheatley is coming off a 27-point weekend, including a season-high 16-point performance versus Harvard on Jan. 31.
• Over 24 minutes, she matched her career-best with eight field goals, tallied a team-high seven rebounds and made two assists.
• The next night she added 11 points, second-best for the Tigers, versus Dartmouth.
• She went 5-of-6 from the stripe for a career-best mark.
• Like classmate Alex Wheatley, Michelle MIller also is coming off a 27-point weekend.
• She was the team’s second-leading scorer with 11 points versus Harvard, adding four boards and two assists.
• She followed that up with a 16-point game of her own versus Dartmouth, tallying five rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes.
Let it Reyn:
• Freshman Jackie Reyneke made her Ivy League debut a memorable one versus Dartmouth on Feb. 1.
• The post tallied seven rebounds for a career high and second-best in the game.
• She also added four points, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes of work.
Berntsen’s Career Bests:
• Rounding out the sophomore class’ big weekend was Amanda Berntsen who came shy of her first career double-double.
• She opened the weekend matching her career-high with four assists, adding seven points and four boards versus Harvard.
• Versus Dartmouth she had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, tying her career high.
Back in Action:
• After battling a foot injury for much of the preseason and early part of 2014, junior Mariah Smith suited up and is back in action.
• Smith, who missed 11 games, had four points, a rebound, an assist, a steal and a block in 13 minutes versus Harvard.
• She added six points, three boards and an assist in nine minutes versus Dartmouth to close out her weekend.
• Classmate Jess Shivers also saw two minutes versus Dartmouth after being sidelined since November.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 62 in the Feb. 3 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Harvard is No. 70 and Penn is No. 73.
• 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 17 games.
Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in five games this year and are averaging 74.2 points per game.