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Women's Basketball to Play for Fifth Straight Ivy Title Tuesday vs. Penn

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/09/2014
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Senior Kristen Helmstetter and the Tigers are vying for their fifth straight Ivy title Tuesday.
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 Game No. 28: Princeton (20-7, 11-2 Ivy) vs. Penn (21-6, 11-6 Ivy)
Game Info: Saturday, Mar. 11 • 5:30 p.m.
Location: Princeton, N.J. • Jadwin Gym • Directions • Parking • Tickets
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 52-23
Last Meeting: Princeton won 84-53 on Jan. 11, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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This Week for the Tigers:
• The Princeton women’s basketball team (20-7, 11-2 Ivy) will look to capture an unprecedented fifth straight Ivy League title versus Penn (21-6, 11-2 Ivy) in its regular season finale on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
• The Tigers and Quakers share first place entering Tuesday, making the contest a championship game for the first time in program history.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers kept their title hopes alive behind a sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend.
• Paced by Alex Wheatley’s 14 and Nicole Hung’s 12 points, the Tigers were in control from start to finish and earned a 69-46 victory over the Big Red on Mar. 7.
• A hot handed Princeton side followed up the win with a dominating performance versus Columbia the next night.
• Aside from a game opening three-pointer by the Lions, it was all Princeton in a 92-48 win that saw Princeton hold a 58-25 rebound margin and four players score in double figures.

On Deck:
• Princeton will see postseason play for the fifth consecutive season, as Tuesday’s winner will determine the Ivy title and NCAA berth or runner-up bid to the WNIT.
• The Tigers made their first postseason appearance in the 1996 WNIT in Amarillo, Texas, finishing seventh.
• No. 8 seeded Princeton, which earned the Ivy League’s first-ever at-large bid into a postseason tournament, lost to Arkansas and Western Kentucky before defeating Illinois State.
• Since then Princeton is the only Ivy team to make four consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, earning berths from 2010-13. 

Get Connected:
• Are you following Princeton on social media? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics, Twitter.com/PUTIGERS, Vine.co/PUTIGERS and Instagram.com/PrincetonAthletics.
• To connect with the women’s basketball program, follow the Tigers on Twitter via @CoachBanghart and @PrincetonWBB.

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.

Scouting Penn:
• Penn enters Tuesday’s meeting winners of its last four games and holds a 21-6, 11-2 Ivy record. Its two Ivy losses were at the hands of Dartmouth and Princeton.
• The Quakers are averaging 64.6 points per game (+9.0) and are led by a trio of double figure scorers in Alyssa Baron (14.3), Sydney Stipanovich (11.6) and Kara Bonenberger (11.1).
• Freshman Stipanovich also leads Penn off the glass, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game and is the league-leader in blocked shots with 3.6 per contest.
• Penn leads the Ivies in scoring defense (55.6), field goal percentage defense (33.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (29.1) and blocked shots (5.7). 

All-Time versus Penn:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Penn, 52-23, winning the last 11 consecutive meetings.
• The series began in 1974-75 and Penn last defeated Princeton in head coach Courtney Banghart’s first season, 85-78, on Mar. 11, 2008 in Philadelphia.
• In the first meeting this season, Princeton decisively ended Penn’s eight-game winning steak in an 84-53 victory on Jan. 11 at The Palestra.
• The Tigers were led by Kristen Helmstetter’s 17, Blake Dietrick’s 16 and Alex Wheatley’s 11 points, and a 48-37 rebounding advantage. 

The Ivy Rundown:
• Tuesday will serve essentially as a conference championship game to determine the Ivy League winner and postseason berths.
• Despite Harvard being only a half game behind, due to head-to-head competition, the Tigers and Quakers will officially earn the automatic berths to the NCAA and WNIT tournaments.

20-Win Seasons: After claiming their 20th win of the year Saturday, the Tigers have now posted 20-win seasons the last five consecutive years.

The League’s Top Offense:
• Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 75.5 points per game (+12.9).
• The Tigers are guided by their league-leading 47.6 field goal percentage. 

Off the Glass:
• Along with pacing the Ivies in scoring, the Tigers are averaging a conference-best 42.4 rebounds per game (+9.7).
• Princeton tops the league in rebounding defense (32.7) and is second in rebounding offense (42.9).
• The Tigers also are the top defensive rebounding team, averaging 30.0 per game for a 73.4 percentage.

May I Assist You?: The Tigers’ 16.0 assists per game serves as the league’s leader.

Wheatley Paces from Field: Along with as a team owning the top field goal percentage, sophomore Alex Wheatley leads the category individually shooting 54.8 percent (114-208).

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton slipped two spots in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 and is tabbed No. 17 with 266 points this week.
• The Tigers are 5-1 versus polling opponents. 

Stacking Up:
• Princeton currently ranks No. 64 in the Mar. 3 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn and Harvard are ranked Nos. 61 and 85, respectively.

Continuing to Trend: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures in all 27 games. 

Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in 10 games this year. 

Hung’s Big Weekend:
• Senior Nicole Hung closed out senior weekend in fashion, putting together back-to-back double figure scoring nights.
• Versus Cornell she notched a season-high 12 points and followed that up with 11 versus Columbia.

Helmstetter Records Fifth Double-Double: Coming off her 14-point, 10-rebound performance versus Columbia, senior Kristen Helmstetter recorded her fifth career double-double and her fourth of the season.

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