This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women’s basketball team (3-4) remains on the road this weekend, facing Navy (7-2) on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.
Last Time Out:
• In a tale of two halves, Princeton employed a second half rally to upend Portland State 94-76 victory on Nov. 30.
• The first half proved to be a one-possession battle, going in favor of the Vikings for much of the period and at halftime 44-42.
• Princeton outscored PSU 52-32 over the second half and finished with a 41-29 rebounding margin.
• After holding a 55-46 lead at halftime behind a 21-point Blake Dietrick performance, a late Oregon rally proved too much in Princeton’s 110-90 loss the next day.
• It was the first time the Tigers allowed over 100 points since conceding 107 at Tennessee on Dec. 20, 2005.
• Princeton’s four-game road swing concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Binghamton.
• The Tigers finally return home for a two-game homestand versus Delaware (Dec. 15) and Illinois State (Dec. 18) before a brief holiday break.
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• Navy enters Friday’s meeting the winner of its last three games and sitting at 7-2 on the year.
• The Midshipmen are averaging 69.1 points per game, owning a +10.2 scoring margin over opponents.
• The offense is led by Kara Pollinger’s 13.8 and Jade Geif’s 12.4 points per game. Geif is also the team’s rebounding leader with 8.4 per game.
All-Time versus Navy:
• The series between Princeton and Navy began in 1987-88, with the Midshipmen owning the all-time series 5-3.
• The Tigers are 2-1 versus the Mids under head coach Courtney Banghart, winning the last meeting 70-50 on Jan. 8, 2013 at Jadwin Gym.
• Niveen Rasheed led the Tigers with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristen Helmstetter and Blake Dietrick added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Pacific Northwest Welcomes Dietrick:
• Junior Blake Dietrick scored a career and season-high 26 points at Oregon on Dec. 1.
• She went 10-for-13 from the field and 6-for-8 from three-point to set career marks.
• The point guard made her first nine shots from the field, including six triples.
• The day before at Portland State she added 19 points, going 7-for-10 from the field, while tallying four assists and two steals.
• She averaged 22.5 points over the weekend.
More on Dietrick:
• Blake Dietrick leads the offense with 14.4 points per game, including a team-high 21 triples.
• She’s shooting 52.2 percent (35-for-67) from the field and 48.8 percent (21-for-43) from beyond the arc.
• She has led the Tigers in scoring in four games this year, scoring 19 points or more three times.
Six in Double Figures:
• For the first time this season the Tigers had six players score in double figures in a game.
• Blake Dietrick (19), Kristen Helmstetter (10), Michelle Miller (12), Vanessa Smith (17), Alex Wheatley (10) and Taylor Williams (12) each reached the double digit scoring mark at Portland State on Nov. 30.
Season-High Scoring Marks: Along with six Tigers scoring in double figures, marking a season high, the squad shot a season-best from the field (62.5 percent) and the stripe (76 percent) against Portland State on Nov. 30.
Trending Now: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures over the first seven games.
Miller’s on a Move:
• Sophomore Michelle Miller is averaging 13.3 points over the last three games and is coming off a season-high 15 points at Oregon.
• The guard is averaging 9.9 points per game and owns a .422 field goal percentage on the season.
Smith Sets New Career-Best:
• Freshman Vanessa Smith established a new career-high with 17 bench points at Portland State on Nov. 30.
• She went 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from the stripe, tallying 11 points over Princeton’s crucial second half run.
• Sophomore post Taylor Williams had another career weekend, matching her newly minted career high of 12 points at Portland State and added 11 points at Oregon.
• She tallied a personal-best six field goals against the Vikings and then went 5-for-7 for a career-high from the stripe against the Ducks.
• Williams also grabbed a career record eight rebounds at Oregon to round out her solid weekend.
• She leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage (67.6) and is 23-for-34.
Home Winning Streak Snapped:
• Princeton snapped its 21-game home winning streak on Nov. 26 versus St. Joseph’s, marking the program’s first loss at Jadwin Gym since a 78-67 defeat to then-No. 21 DePaul on Dec. 13, 2011.
• The loss also marked consecutive defeats for the Tigers, the first time it has happened since Dec. 12, 2012.
Got Her Wheaties:
• Forward Alex Wheatley has scored in double figures in six of this season’s seven games, including the last three.
• She’s averaging 11.1 points per game and is coming off a 15-point performance at Oregon.
The Places We Go:
• Following last weekend’s trip to Oregon, the Tigers will play the remainder of the regular season on the East Coast.
• Princeton returns home to play in eight different states along the Eastern seaboard through March.
Polling Opponents: Both Rutgers and Marist were receiving votes towards a national ranking at the time of the meeting.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25: Princeton dropped to No. 15 in the Dec. 3 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll with 320 points.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 31 in the latest RPI poll.
• Only Harvard at No. 84 also represents the Ivy League in the top-100.
About the Tigers:
• Princeton welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including All-Ivy selection Kristen Helmstetter.
• Despite losing four starters, Princeton has three players returning to action in Blake Dietrick, Helmstetter and Hung who all have starting experience.
• The junior class welcomes a pair of players back in Alex Rodgers and Jess Shivers, both missed last year due to injury.
• The five-player sophomore class has blossomed into key cogs in the lineup and will be called upon further to contribute, especially Michelle Miller and Alex Wheatley who saw action in every game last year.
• Adding depth, size and versatility are a trio of freshmen, including 6-4 forward Jackie Reyneke who now claims the Tigers’ tallest player spot on the roster.
Tabbed to Win Fifth Straight Ivy Title:
• For the fifth consecutive season the Princeton women’s basketball team has been picked to win the Ivy League.
• Coming off their fourth straight conference title, the Tigers earned 130 points and 13 first-place votes in the poll.
• Princeton was not the unanimous choice to win the league, as Harvard garnered 120 points and three first-place votes and Penn picked up 98 points and a first-place vote to round out the top-three.
Briefly the 2013-14 Schedule:
• Princeton will face eight teams that earned postseason berths a year ago, including three teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament and three that played in the WNIT.
• Princeton will host 11 games at Jadwin Gym and the Ivy League slate begins on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Penn.
Leaders of the Pack: Seniors Kristen Helmstetter and Nicole Hung were named co-captains for 2013-14.
Rasheed ’13 Inks Pro Contract:
• The most prolific player in Princeton women’s basketball history, Niveen Rasheed ’13, signed a professional contract to play for Ippokratis Kos of the first division in Kos, Greece.
• Princeton’s first AP All-America, Rasheed carved a new landscape for Ivy League women’s basketball during her career.
• Despite missing half of her sophomore season due to an ACL injury, she concluded her tenure ranked fourth in points with 1,617, among numerous other statistical rankings in the Tigers’ all-time record book.
• The 2012 and 2013 unanimous Ivy Player of the Year and the 2010 Ivy Rookie of the Year, Rasheed was a three-time First-Team All-Ivy selection among garnering numerous national accolades.
Smith Plays Overseas to Prep for Rookie Campaign:
• Freshman Vanessa Smith was one of eight current and former collegians who went to play in Ukraine with Athletes in Action this past summer.
• The squad played three games, facing the junior and senior national teams and a university team.
• With Athletes in Action, a faith-based organization, the group helped run a youth tournament as part of a service component to their trip.
Former Captain Brown ’10 Earns Fulbright Scholarship:
• Former Princeton captain Tani Brown ’10 was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Vietnam for an English Teaching Assistantship, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced.
• Brown is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
• Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Tigers Establish New Ivy Win Streak:
•Last year the Tigers set a new Ivy League win streak record with 33 consecutive wins spanning the 2010-11 through 2012-13 seasons.
• Harvard previously held the record with 32 straight wins from 1995-96 through 1997-98.
• Fortuitously Princeton snapped the streak with a 56-53 win on Feb. 7, 1998.
• The Crimson countered by snapping the Tigers’ streak on Mar. 1, 2013 in a 58-55 loss.
Four-Peat Ivy Champs!:
• Boasting a 54-2 Ivy record the past four years, Princeton called itself the outright Ivy League champion once again in 2013.
• This was the first time an Ivy program has earned four consecutive automatic berths into the NCAA tournament.
• This group was the first since the 1974-78 teams to win four consecutive Ivy titles and first since the double round robin was established.
• During head coach Courtney Banghart’s tenure at Princeton, the Tigers have established new Ivy League records year-in and year-out.
• They have earned the highest seeds in the NCAA tournament at No. 9 the last two seasons, No. 11 and No. 12, in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
• The squad earned the first-ever national ranking at No. 24 in the 2012 final AP Top 25 Poll and is the first team to advance to four consecutive NCAA tournaments.
One of the Ivy’s Best:
• The Class of 2013 is tied for the winningest class in Ivy men’s or women’s basketball history.
• Over their four-year run from 2009-10 to 2012-13, last year’s seniors went 54-2 in Ivy play matching only the Penn men’s basketball team’s Class of 1996 (1992-93 to 1995-96).