The 2015-16 campaign will be Milena Flores' ninth season as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team, having joined the program in 2007. After working primarily with the guards over her first five seasons, she took over coaching the posts in 2012-13.
In her first season working with the posts, both Megan Bowen ‘13 and Kristen Helmstetter ‘14 earned Second-Team All-Ivy honors. The following year, Helmstetter garnered another all-conference second team selection, while Alex Wheatley '15 picked up honorable mention recognition. Last season, Wheatley and Annie Tarakchian '15 earned praise on the All-Ivy first team.
During her tenure, Flores has helped the Tigers to a 169-67 (.716) overall and 92-17 (.844) Ivy record. Princeton has won 20-plus games in each of the past six seasons, including four 24-plus win seasons and a trio of perfect 14-0 Ivy slates.
The Tigers, who earned the Ivy League’s first-ever women’s basketball national ranking in 2012 at No. 24, posted a historic 31-1 record in 2014-15, which included a perfect 30-0 regular season. Earning the highest-ever national rankings for an Ivy program (No. 13), Princeton captured their fifth Ivy title in six years and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
The Tigers finished the 2011-12 year at 24-5, 14-0 Ivy, and rode a 17-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament. Forward Niveen Rasheed ‘13 was a Full Court All-America First Team selection, the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Ivy First Team honoree. Devona Allgood ‘12 earned her third straight All-Ivy selection, earning second team accolades..
The 2010-11 squad also posted a 24-5 overall record and earned votes in both national polls throughout the season. The Tigers went 13-1 in the Ivy League to win their second straight Ivy League Championship, earning the program’s second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Addie Micir was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and sophomore point guard Lauren Polansky was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, the first time the awards have been given to the Orange & Black.
In 2009-10, Princeton went 26-3 with a perfect 14-0 mark in the Ivy League to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team set numerous records during the year including: most wins in a season (26), winning 25 of those 26 games by double figures, most road victories (14), longest win streak (21), longest home win streak (9), fewest losses (3), best win percentage (.897), most conference wins (14), most points (2051), highest scoring average (70.7), ranking sixth in the nation in scoring defense and fifth in scoring margin.
Flores came to Princeton after honing her coaching skills at Pacific, Lehigh and Yale. During her playing career at perennial national contender Stanford, Flores helped the Cardinal to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in 1997. She was named first-team all-Pac-10 in 1999 and 2000, and was an honorable mention selection in 1998. The previous year she received Pac-10 all-freshman honors.
Flores finished her career and still ranks third on Stanford’s all-time assist list with 644. During her tenure she led the Cardinal in assists, free throw percentage and minutes during three of her four seasons. She also had the most steals on the team during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Flores was named a first-team all-Pac-10 academic honoree twice and earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic all-district honors. She earned her degree in 2001 in political science.
After Stanford, Flores earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and continued her playing career for the WNBA’s Miami Sol as well as Lithuania Lietuvos Telekomas. Flores returned to California to serve as an assistant coach at Pacific during the 2002-03 and 03-04 seasons before heading east to Lehigh for one year. In 2004-05, Lehigh finished 19-10, the second-best record in the Patriot League that year.
Prior to joining the Princeton staff, Flores was the assistant coach at Yale, working primarily with the guards. She helped the Bulldogs to a nine-win improvement from 2005-06 to 06-07, and guided guard Melissa Colborne to Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2005.
Flores is a native of Snohomish, Wash., and she currently resides in Lawrenceville, N.J.
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