Week for the Tigers:
After gutting out a hard fought season opening win on the road, the Princeton
women's basketball team travels to Marist (1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a 7
p.m. meeting. Three days later, the Tigers (1-0) host their home opener versus
local rival Rider (1-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.
Time Out: Princeton
opened 2012-13 with a 69-59 victory at St. Joseph's on Nov. 11. Despite
creating a first half six-point cushion, the Hawks managed to even things up,
30-30, entering halftime. Following the break, a 10-3 rally was enough to
propel the Tigers past St. Joe's to extend its regular season winning streak to
Deck: The Tigers
hit the road for their longest trip of the season with a post-Thanksgiving
weekend in Southern California. Princeton faces UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 23
at 10 p.m. ET and UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. ET.
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overpowered Vermont, 66-54, in its season opener on Nov. 9, but was handed a
64-53 loss at Hartford on Nov. 13 to fall 1-1 on the year.
The Red Fox
offense is powered by Tori Jarosz's 14 points per game. Jarosz has only played
in one game off the bench this year. The squad's second leading scorer is
starter Elizabeth Beynnon's 12.5 points per game. Kristina Danella leads Marist
in assists with 5.0 per game.
All-Time vs. Marist:
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Marist, 1-0. The two programs met for
the first time on Nov. 21, 2011, with the Tigers defeating the Red Foxes 68-51.
opened the year with a 62-50 victory at Stony Brook on Nov. 9, before suffering
a 53-51 loss at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Nov. 12. Prior to
heading to Jadwin, the Broncs (1-1) will host Mount St. Mary's on Friday, Nov.
16. Entering Tuesday's meeting, Rider is outscoring opponents 113-103,
averaging 56.5 points per game.
Rider is led
by MyNeshia McKenzie's team-leading 17 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Sironda Chambers is the team's second leading scorer with 13 points per game.
Taylor Wentzel has five assists, for a team-high.
All-Time vs. Rider:
Princeton owns the all-time series versus Rider, 21-8. The Tigers have won the
last four contests, including a 20-point victory, 75-55, last year on Nov. 27,
New Five: With a
veteran laden squad, the Tigers are able to start an experienced lineup led by
all four seniors in Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Lauren Polanksy and Niveen
Rasheed. Also moving into the starting five is junior guard Nicole Hung.
So New: While they
may be true freshmen, Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley were outstanding in
their collegiate debuts at St. Joe's. Miller was the team's third leading
scorer with 10 points and Wheatley followed with nine points. Also making their
debut was guard Amanda Berntsen.
and Counting: Princeton's season opening win at St. Joe's
extended the program's regular season winning streak to 18. The streak was
established on Dec. 19, 2011.
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
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.
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
Mid-Major Poll Watch: Princeton remains ranked No. 4 in
the College Insider Preseason Poll. The Tigers collected 653 votes to be placed
in the top-five.
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.
freshmen join the Tigers in 2012-13. Princeton bolsters its lineup with a
versatile group, all 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
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.
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.
season head coach Courtney Banghart currently boasts a 96-50 all-time record,
including a staggering 65-16 all-time Ivy record. She is four wins away from
another career milestone - her 100th victory at the helm of the program.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.