This Week for the Tigers:
• Coming off consecutive losses the Princeton women’s basketball team (2-3) will look to bounce back in the Pacific Northwest this weekend to open a four-game road swing.
• The Tigers open their post-Thanksgiving West Coast trip at Portland State on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. ET, followed by a meeting with Oregon the next day in another 3 p.m. ET. contest.
Last Time Out:
• Despite shooting over 50 percent from the field for much of the contest and finishing at 47.9 (23-for-48), fouling and turnovers proved to be decisive factors in Tigers’ 74-65 loss to St. Joseph’s on Nov. 26.
• Princeton opened with a 4-0 run and would come within a point, 39-38, just before halftime, but was unable to find a way to pull ahead in the second half.
• The Hawks went 19-for-23 from the stripe, while forcing 17 Tiger turnovers which they converted into another 19 points.
• Princeton was also held to nine second chance points off seven offensive boards, as SJU held a slight 35-32 rebounding margin.
• Princeton’s road swing takes it back to the East Coast for a Friday, Dec. 6 meeting at Navy and a Wednesday, Dec. 11 contest 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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Scouting Portland State:
• After suffering consecutive losses to open the year, Portland State (1-2) rebounded with a 74-62 win over NAIA Corban on Nov. 26.
• The Viking starting five serve as the squad’s top scorers, led by a trio in double figures.
• Allie Brock has a team-high 17.7 points per game, while fellow starter Keaton McFadden’s 8.0 rebounds per game lead the team.
• PSU is averaging 65.3 points and 38.7 rebounds per game, while committing 16.7 turnovers per outing.
All-Time versus Portland State: This will be the first meeting in program history between the Tigers and Vikings.
• Oregon (3-2) snapped its two-game losing skid with an 83-80 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 25.
• The Ducks are powered by freshman Chrishae Rowe’s 23.8 points per game, leading a quartet of double figure scorers for UO.
•Both Jillian Alleyne (18.4 points, 12.6 rebounds) and Megan Carpenter (12.0 points, 11.0 rebounds) are averaging double-doubles on the year.
• Oregon is averaging 96.0 points and 55.4 rebounds per game.
• The Ducks are coached by Paul Westhead, who has served as a head coach in the NBA, WNBA and NCAA men’s Division I ranks.
All-Time versus Oregon: This will be the first meeting in program history between the Tigers and Ducks.
About Playing in Oregon:
• Princeton has not played in the state of Oregon since the 2000-01 season when it participated in the two-game Oregon State Invite in Corvallis on Nov. 24 and 25.
• The Tigers fell to Oregon State, 69-33, to open the tournament and to Kansas State, 63-51, before heading back to the East Coast.
• The Tigers are 0-2 all-time when playing in the Beaver State.
• Senior Kristen Helmstetter has scored in double figures in the last four games, averaging a team-best 12.6 points per game.
• The forward and co-captain also leads the Tigers in rebounding with 8.0 per game.
A Homecoming for Shivers:
• This weekend’s trip to Oregon will be a homecoming for junior Jess Shivers who is from Eugene.
• Shivers is one of four Tigers from the West Coast, as the other three all are from Southern California.
Trio with Double Digits:
• Along with Kristen Helmstetter’s team-leading 12.6 points per game, junior Blake Dietrick (11.2) and sophomore Alex Wheatley (10.6) also are scoring in double figures this season.
• Wheatley is coming off a team-leading 14-point performance versus St. Joseph’s on Nov. 26.
• The trio serves as the Tiger leaders in points, rebounds and assists.
Another Scoring Trend: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures over the first five games, seeing as high as five Tigers versus Marist on Nov. 17.
Home Winning Streak Snapped:
• Princeton snapped its 21-game home winning streak Tuesday 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.
The Places We Go:
• This weekend’s trip to Oregon will be the only regular season contests played outside the Eastern Time Zone this year.
• Princeton will return home to play in eight different states along the Eastern seaboard through March.
Too Much for the MAAC:
• Princeton’s last two victories have come over MAAC affiliates Marist (Nov. 17) and Rider (Nov. 19). In both games the Tigers shot over 50 percent and earned double figure victories.
• The defense held considerable rebounding margins too, as the Tigers outrebounded Marist 49-23 and Rider 51-29.
Five in Double Figures:
• Princeton had five players score in double figures versus Marist on Nov. 17, marking the first time since Mar. 9, 2013 at Brown.
• Along with four starters scoring 10 points or more, freshman Vanessa Smith added 11 in her 19 minutes of work.
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 enters this weekend’s action tabbed No. 11 with 408 points in the Nov. 26 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
• 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).