This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women’s basketball team (21-8, 11-3 Ivy) will advance in the postseason for the first time in program history, as the Tigers are headed to the WNIT Second Round at Seton Hall on Sunday, Mar. 23 at 5 p.m. in South Orange, N.J.
Last Time Out:
• After battling for control through the first half and going into halftime tied 36-36, Princeton took control in the second period and rolled to a 94-76 win over VCU in the WNIT First Round on Mar. 20 at Jadwin Gym.
• Four players scored 18 points or more, including a pair of double-doubles from Annie Tarakchian and Alex Wheatley.
• The Tigers shot 50.0 percent (30-for-60) from the field and banked return on its 88.9 percent (24-for-27) shooting from the line.
• Princeton dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Rams 48-30 and limited VCU to only six second chance points.
• With a win, Princeton will advance to the WNIT Third Round and face the winner of the Harvard - Rutgers matchup.
• It would be a meeting with familiar foes, as Princeton went 1-1 versus the Crimson and 0-1 versus the Scarlet Knights this season.
• The third round is scheduled between Mar. 26-28 at a site and time to be determined.
Scouting Seton Hall:
• Seton Hall (19-13, 8-10 BIG EAST) enters Sunday’s meeting following its 63-60 win over American in the WNIT First Round on Mar. 20.
• The Pirates earned an at-large bid into the WNIT and are 3-0 in the tournament all-time when playing at home.
• Seton Hall is led by three players scoring in double figures, headlined by Tabatha Richardson-Smith’s 16.7 points per game.
• Off the glass Bra’Shey Ali has a team-high 11.0 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 17 in the nation.
• The Pirates are averaging 70.8 points per game (+3.3) and are tabbed No. 28 in the country in steals per game with 9.9.
All-Time versus Seton Hall:
• 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.
The Harvard - Rutgers Matchup:
• If Princeton is to advance to the WNIT Third Round it will face a pair of teams it played during the regular season.
• A team the Tigers face twice a year and could potentially meet in the postseason for the first time in program history is Harvard.
• The series was established in 1974-75 and Crimson own the all-time series, 40-34.
• Princeton and Harvard split the season series, as the Crimson beat the Tigers 78-68 on Jan. 31 at Jadwin Gym and Princeton returned the favor with a 69-64 win in Cambridge, Mass on Feb. 22.
• The regional rivalry between Princeton and Rutgers was established in 1972-73 with the Scarlet Knights owning the all-time series, 16-5.
• Rutgers handed Princeton a season-opening 79-65 loss on Nov. 10.
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Follow the Game:
• Princeton will provide live radio from Seton Hall on GoPrincetonTigers.com and WPRB.
• Live stats and video streaming ($) will be available from Seton Hall Sunday, as well.
Princeton in the Postseason:
• Princeton has made six postseason appearances in program history, including five consecutive from 2010-present.
• The Tigers previously made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, going 0-4.
• 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.
• Princeton’s win in the 2014 WNIT First Round marks the first time in program history the Tigers won to advance in the postseason.
• The Tigers are 2-6 all-time in the postseason.
Ivies in the WNIT:
• The Ivy League sent two teams to the WNIT for the first time in league history, as Harvard earned an at-large berth.
• Ivy teams are 4-7 all-time in the WNIT, with the Crimson earning three of the four 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.
• With All-Ivy senior co-captain Kristen Helmstetter out due to injury, Princeton sent out an undergrad laden starting five versus VCU Thursday.
• Junior Blake Dietrick was the only upperclassmen to start with four sophomores, including Annie Tarakchian who earned her first career start.
• Four of the starting five scored 18 points or more and a pair posted double-doubles.
• For the first time this season a pair of Tigers posted double-doubles in the same game.
• Sophomore Alex Wheatley scored a career and game-high 22 points and added 10 boards for her second career double-double.
• In her first career start, classmate Annie Tarakchian had a personal best day tallying 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, both establishing new career highs.
• She also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
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 75.8 points per game (+12.1).
• The Tigers are guided by their league-leading 47.3 field goal percentage which ranks No. 7 nationally.
Off the Glass:
• Princeton is averaging 42.4 rebounds per game for a league-leading +9.6 margin versus opponents.
• The Tigers pace the Ivies in defensive rebounds with 30.0 per game.
May I Assist You?: The Tigers pace the conference with 16.2 assists per game.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25:
• Princeton is ranked No. 17 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 with 248 points.
• 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 29 games this year.
Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in 11 games this year, including posting 90 points or more in five games.