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Women's Hoops Hits the Road, Face Delaware Riding Three-Game Win Streak

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/07/2012
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 Princeton (6-2) at Delaware (4-2)
  Game Info:
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Newark, Del.
All-Time Series Record: 
Delaware leads 15-7
First Meeting: 1983-84
Last Meeting: Delaware won 81-70 on Dec. 1, 2011
Game Notes: Princeton at Delaware
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This Week for the Tigers: Riding a three-game winning streak, the Princeton women's basketball team (6-2) hits the road for a Sunday, Dec. 9 meeting with Delaware (4-2) at 2 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers dismantled Hofstra, 84-54, on Dec. 5 to wrap up their three-game homestand undefeated. Princeton saw two 20-point scorers, while shooting 48.4 percent (31-for-64) from the field. The Tigers also held differentials in rebounding (49-38) and assists (22-10), and forced the Pride to commit 18 turnovers, which they converted into 13 points.

On Deck: Princeton remains on the road, heading to Villanova on Wednesday, Dec. 12. First tip is at 7 p.m.

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live stats and video will be available from Delaware via GoPrincetonTigers.com. Dan Loney will also be live from the sidelines with play-by-play from Newark, Del.

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 Delaware: Delaware is riding a three-game winning streak entering Sunday's matchup. The Blue Hens most recently defeated Rhode Island, 57-40, on the road on Dec. 5.

The Hens' (4-2) most touted player Elena Delle Donne has only seen action in one game due to Lyme disease. In her absence, Lauren Carra has headlined the Delaware offense with 14.8 points per game. Danielle Parker leads the Hens in rebounding with 10.7 boards per game and is the squad's second-leading scorer with 10.3 points per game.

All-Time vs. Delaware: Delaware leads the all-time series 15-7, winning the last meeting 81-70 on Dec. 1, 2011 in Princeton. The series between the Tigers and Blue Hens was established during the 1983-94 season.

Helmstetter Has Career Game vs. Hofstra:  Junior Kristen Helmstetter, who was making her third straight start, recorded career-highs in both points with 21, including a personal-best four treys, and assists with seven versus Hofstra on Dec. 5. The forward also had six defensive boards, nearly tying a career mark in rebounds.

Crashing the Boards: Point guard Lauren Polansky grabbed a team-high and career-high 11 rebounds, including nine defensive boards, in only 21 minutes of work versus Hofstra on Dec. 5. Polansky was a crux on defense, preventing the Pride from creating second chance opportunities, while igniting offensive runs for Princeton. She also had three steals, two assists and a block.

Comforts of Home: The Tigers are 4-0 at home this season, putting together a quartet of dominant performances at Jadwin.

At home, Princeton is outscoring opponents 336-197. The Tigers saw a season-best performance versus UMBC on Dec. 2, outscoring the Retrievers 51-8 in the first half.

Quintet in Double Figures: For the first time this season five players scored in double figures versus UMBC on Dec. 2. Four of the starting five reached the scoring mark, along with newcomer Michelle Miller in 17 bench minutes.

Kate Miller led the offense for the first time this season with 13 points, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Leading the Pack: As she has done throughout her career, senior Niveen Rasheed leads the Tigers in both points with 15.5 and rebounds with 8.8 per game. Rasheed also leads the team in assists with 28 and is second in steals with 16. In seven of eight games, she's scored in double figures and has a pair of double-doubles on the year.

Have You Had Your Wheaties?: Freshman Alex Wheatley scored a career-high and team-leading 17 points versus Rutgers on Nov. 29. The forward has been a consistent contributor off the bench and is the Tigers' second-leading scorer with 8.3 points per game. She also is averaging 4.4 rebounds per game, while adding 11 steals and 13 assists over eight appearances.

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 101-52 all-time and 65-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.

Inside Ivy League Basketball: Head coach Courtney Banghart was this week's guest on "Inside Ivy League Basketball". To hear what she had to say about the Tigers, click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball.

Rookie Debuts: All five freshmen made their Jadwin Gym debut versus Rider on Nov. 20. The game also marked the collegiate debuts of Annie Tarakchian and Taylor Williams. The quintet scored 26 of Princeton's 47 bench points.

Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked team. When the Tigers faced Rutgers on Nov. 29, the Scarlet Knights were receiving votes in both national top-25 polls.

College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers reamain tabbed No. 7 in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. The Tigers received 575 votes in the Dec. 4 poll.

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 41-1. 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.

Milestone Ahead: Sixth season head coach Courtney Banghart currently boasts a 99-52 all-time record, including a staggering 65-16 all-time Ivy record. She is one win away from another career milestone - her 100th victory at the helm of the program.

Rasheed Featured on ESPN: Senior Niveen Rasheed was featured on ESPN.com in a preseason article by women's sports writer Graham Hays. To view the article click here: http://m.espn.go.com/ncw/story?storyId=8603963

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.

You'll Be Missed: Princeton graduated three players for last year's team, including All-Ivy Devona Allgood and Lauren Edwards. Between the returners and quintet of newbies, Princeton will look to fill their void.

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.










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