This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women’s basketball team (20-8, 11-3 Ivy) has advanced to its fifth straight postseason and is scheduled to host VCU (22-9, 9-7 Atlantic 10) in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.
Last Time Out:
• A first half deficit was too much to overcome for the Tigers, as they dropped an 80-64 decision to Penn on Mar. 11 in the regular season finale.
• Both Princeton and Penn entered the game tied for first place in the Ivy League and it served as the winner take all championship game.
• With the loss, the Tigers snapped their four-year Ivy League title streak.
• With an opening round win, Princeton will face the winner of the Seton Hall - American matchup being played in nearby South Orange, N.J.
• The second round will run from Mar. 22-25 and site and time will be announced later in the week.
• American enters the postseason with a 22-9, 14-4 Patriot League record. AU finished the regular season tied for second in the league and advanced to the conference championship semifinals before falling to eventual winner Army.
• Seton Hall went 18-13, 8-10 BIG EAST on the year and is coming off a quarterfinal loss in the conference tournament to NCAA participant St. John’s.
• VCU (22-9, 9-7 A-10) travels to New Jersey following its quarterfinal loss in the Atlantic 10 Championship to top-seeded Dayton.
• The Rams are averaging 75.8 points and 41.4 rebounds per game, guided by senior All-Atlantic 10 First Teamer Robyn Parks’ 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
• Parks is one of three Rams to be averaging double figure scoring numbers, as Isis Thorpe and Keira Robinson follow with 12.5 and 11.4 points per game, respectively.
• Robinson is also averaging a team-leading 6.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
All-Time versus VCU:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus VCU, 1-0.
• In the lone meeting between both programs, the Tigers earned a 78-76 victory on Jan. 3, 1987 in Princeton.
All-Time versus American/Seton Hall:
• American leads the all-time series versus Princeton, 2-1. The series was established in 1979-80 and the two teams last met on Dec. 19, 2008, a 59-44 Tiger victory in Washington, D.C.
• Seton Hall leads the all-time series versus Princeton, 9-4.
• The series was established in 1975-76 and it was the Pirates to earn a 53-34 victory over the Tigers in the last meeting on Nov. 30, 1996 at the Mayfair Farms Classic hosted by Seton Hall.
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Ivy League Digital Network: Thursday’s game will broadcasted live on the Ivy League Digital Network. To subscribe, log onto IvyLeagueDigitialNetwork.com.
Princeton in the Postseason:
• Princeton will see postseason play for the sixth time in program history and the fifth consecutive season, as the Tigers are coming off four appearances in the NCAA tournament.
• The Orange and Black made its first postseason appearance in the National Women’s Invitational Tournament in 1995-96, the predecessor of the current WNIT.
• 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, 68-65, on Mar. 23, 1996 in Amarillo, Texas.
Ivies in the WNIT:
• The Ivy League will be sending two teams to the WNIT for the first time in league history, as Harvard earned an at-large berth.
• Ivy teams are 2-7 all-time in the WNIT, with the Crimson collecting both wins.
• Princeton has never competed in the WNIT since it was reformatted in 1998.
• The Tigers are only the second Ivy team to host a WNIT game and first since 2010-11 when Yale hosted Boston College.
About the WNIT:
• The WNIT will run from Mar. 19 - Apr. 5 and features a 64-team slate.
• The second round is set for Mar. 22-25, third for Mar. 26-28, quarterfinals from Mar. 29-30, semifinals from Apr. 2-3 and the championship on Saturday, Apr. 5 live on CBS Sports.
Trio Tabbed All-Ivy:
• Junior Blake Dietrick, senior Kristen Helmstetter and sophomore Alex Wheatley represented the Tigers on the 2014 All-Ivy League Team.
• Dietrick led the Tiger honorees earning First-Team All-Ivy, her first career Ivy postseason award. She adds to her 2013-14 honors, including being named the program’s first USWBA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week.
• She led Princeton with 14.4 points per game and was second in the league in three-pointers per game (2.5) and three-point shooting percentage (40.9).
• Helmstetter collected her second consecutive Second-Team All-Ivy honors to conclude her Tiger career as a two-time league selection.
• The guard/forward headlined Princeton in double-doubles with four, as she served as the team’s leader in rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.5) per game. For the second straight season she finished as the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points per game.
• Forward Wheatley earned her first career conference accolade and was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy to round out Princeton’s honorees. Guided by her league-leading 53.7 field goal percentage, Wheatley averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 28 starts.
20-Win Seasons: Under seventh season head coach Courtney Banghart, Princeton has now posted five consecutive 20-win seasons.
In Ivy Play: Princeton is 65-6 in Ivy League play over the last five years.
Versus the WNIT Field:
• Princeton has faced five teams participating in the WNIT, going 3-3 versus the field.
• The Tigers’ wins came over Delaware, Harvard and Navy.
Versus the NCAA Field:
• Princeton played three teams advancing to the NCAA tournament, going 2-2.
• The Tigers defeated Marist and Penn, and fell to St. Joseph’s and to Penn in the second meeting of the year.
The League’s Top Offense:
• Princeton maintains its stance as the top offense in the Ivy League, averaging 75.1 points per game (+11.9).
• The Tigers are guided by their league-leading 47.2 field goal percentage (781-1,656).
Off the Glass:
• Princeton is averaging 42.2 rebounds per game for a league-leading +9.2 margin versus opponents.
• The Tigers pace the Ivies in defensive rebounds with 32.9 per game.
May I Assist You?: The Tigers pace the conference with 16.0 assists per game.
Wheatley Paces from Field: Along with as a team owning the top field goal percentage, sophomore Alex Wheatley leads the category individually shooting 53.7 percent (115-214).
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton was ranked No. 17 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 with 266 points this week.
• The Tigers are 5-1 versus polling opponents.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 70 in the Mar. 17 RPI poll.
• The Tigers are not the only Ivy team tabbed in the top-100, as Penn and Harvard are ranked Nos. 55 and 82, respectively.
Continuing to Trend: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures in all 28 regular season games.
Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in 10 games this year.