This Week for the Tigers:
• As the Ivy League race heats up and the second leg of the 14-game tournament begins, the Princeton women’s basketball team (15-6, 6-1 Ivy) will look to extend its five-game winning streak on the road this weekend.
• The Tigers kick things off at Dartmouth (3-19, 0-8 Ivy) on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
• Princeton’s quest for its fifth straight Ivy title will go through Harvard (17-5, 7-1 Ivy) the next night in Cambridge, Mass. at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out:
• Led by Blake Dietrick’s 55-point weekend, the Tigers swept their second consecutive Ivy weekend.
• Princeton opened with an 81-70 win over Brown on Feb. 14, guided by Dietrick’s 27 points to headline the Tigers’ trio of double figure scorers.
• The next night versus Yale Princeton put up a season-high 96 points in its 96-75 win.
• Contributions came from across the board, including Dietrick’s career-high 28 points and recording five players in double figures.
On Deck: Amidst a four-game road swing, the Tigers head to Yale (Feb. 28) and Brown (Mar. 1) to close out the road half of the regular season.
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• Dartmouth sits at 3-19 on the year and is the only winless team in Ivy play at 0-8.
• The Big Green have lost their last six consecutive contests, most recently coming off a sweep at Cornell, 78-59, and Columbia, 65-69.
• Fanni Szabo leads Dartmouth in scoring with 15.0 points per game and is the league-leader in steals with 2.4 per game.
• Roland Lakin follows with 11.1 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game.
All-Time versus Dartmouth:
• Dartmouth owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 43-28; however the Tigers have won the last nine consecutive meetings.
• Princeton topped the Big Green 76-53 on Feb. 1 at Jadwin Gym in the first meeting this season.
• Harvard, the only team to top Princeton in Ivy play this season, is riding a four-game winning streak into this weekend’s action.
• The Crimson (17-5, 7-1 Ivy) will host Penn, who dismantled them 67-38 earlier this year, Friday before facing Princeton.
• The only other Ivy team to be ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25, Harvard is tabbed No. 16.
• Harvard is the top-ranked team in the league in offensive rebounds (43.3/game), while Christine Clark and Temi Fagbenle lead the Ivies in scoring (16.7/game) and rebounding (9.4/game), respectively.
All-Time versus Harvard:
• Harvard owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 40-33, and has won the last two straight.
• After a three-week break in play, the Tigers struggled to find their rhythm versus the Crimson. Despite coming within one point, Princeton fell victim to Harvard, 78-68, on Jan. 31 in the first meeting this season.
Dietrick Makes History with Ivy Player of the Week Honors:
• Junior Blake Dietrick made Ivy League and team history by earning her fourth Player of the Week honor of the season after a career weekend.
• She is now tied for ninth all-time in Ivy single-season history and is only the second Princeton player to reach the feat since Niveen Rasheed ’13 did twice in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
• Dietrick opened her weekend tear with a career-high 27-point performance versus Brown on Feb. 14, going 10-of-12 from the field, 4-for-4 from three-point and 3-for-3 from the line. Dietrick did not miss a shot over the first half and her 10 made field goals matched her career high. Along with averaging a point for every minute of action, she only had one turnover in her outing.
• After establishing a new career best Friday, Dietrick wasted no time reaching new milestones the next day versus Yale. In the first half alone she had 25 of the Tigers’ 49 points and surpassed her newly minted record with 28 points, setting a team season high. She established a new career high with 11 field goals made on 11-of-18 shooting, including four triples, and had a team-high six assists and added six rebounds.
• Interestingly enough, Dietrick had not collected a league accolade over her first two seasons and has earned a national and league player of the week and all-tournament honors this season
Williams Makes First Career Starts:
• Sophomore post Taylor Williams made her first career start on Feb. 14 versus Brown and remained in the starting rotation the next night versus Yale.
• Versus the Bulldogs she scored a career-high 13 points, going 6-of-7 from the field, while adding eight rebounds, a game-high three blocks and two assists in 28 minutes of work.
The League’s Top Offense: Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 74.2 points per game.
Quintet Tallying 10-Plus:
• While the Tigers have had at least two players score in double figures in all 21 games, five players reached the feat in their 96-75 win over Yale.
• Headlined by Blake Dietrick’s 28 points, Alex Wheatley (15), Michelle Miller (14), Taylor Williams (13) and Amanda Berntsen (10) contributed to Princeton’s season high scoring effort.
Powered by Wheaties:
• Sophomore Alex Wheatley’s 56.7 field goal percentage (93-for-164) paces the Ivy League.
• Wheatley is coming off a 16-point (6-for-8) performance versus Brown and 15-point (7-of-9) outing versus Yale brings her to 10.3 points per game.
• Fellow Tiger Blake Dietrick ranks second, shooting 52.8 percent (122-231).
May I Assist You?:
• Senior Kristen Helmstetter maintains her stance as the Ivy League’s assist leader with 80 for 3.8 per game.
• This past weekend she tallied nine dishes, including a game-high five versus Brown on Feb. 14.
• Princeton currently is tied for second in the Ivy League with Penn, as both programs sit at 6-1.
• Harvard, the only squad to hand the Tigers a loss in Ivy play the last three seasons, is in first place at 7-1.
• The Tigers will need a weekend sweep to move into first place in the league.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton continues to climb in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 and is tabbed No. 14 with 327 points this week.
• The Tigers are 3-1 versus polling opponents.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 66 in the Feb. 17 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn and Harvard are ranked Nos. 69 and 73, respectively.