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Ivy Road Contests at Cornell & Columbia On Deck for Women's Basketball

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 Princeton (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) at Cornell (10-6, 2-0 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
Ithaca, N.Y.
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 44-20
First Meeting: 1974-75
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last eight meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 64-35 (Jan. 13, 2011)
& 75-39 (Feb. 18, 2011)
Game Notes: Princeton at Cornell
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@PUTIGERS @CoachBanghart

 Princeton (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) at Columbia (2-14, 0-2 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
  Location:
New York City, N.Y.
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 44-16
First Meeting: 1978-79
Series Streak: Princeton has won the last eight meetings
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 95-35 (Jan. 15, 2011)
& 86-46 (Feb. 17, 2011)
Game Notes: Princeton at Columbia
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton women's basketball team (10-5, 1-0 Ivy) returns to action this weekend after an extended break in play due to finals. The Tigers hit the road for their first Ivy road trip, beginning with Cornell (10-6, 2-0 Ivy) on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., before facing Columbia (2-13, 0-2 Ivy) the following evening at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers opened Ivy play throttling Penn with a 77-47 victory on Jan. 12. Princeton shot 49.2 percent (32-for-65) from the field, as three players scored in double figures in the winning effort.

On Deck: Princeton will remain on the road, heading to Brown on Friday, Feb. 8 and Yale the following night.

Get Connected: Are you following Princeton on Facebook and Twitter? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics and Twitter.com/PUTIGERS. Connect with the Tiger women's basketball team on Facebook.com/PrincetonWBB or follow head coach Courtney Banghart on Twitter @CoachBanghart.

Scouting Cornell: The top team in the Ivy League at 2-0, Cornell (10-6) is coming off consecutive victories over Columbia. The Big Red dropped the Lions, 68-54 on Jan. 19, before outlasting them 71-64 in double overtime on Jan. 26.

Allyson DiMagno leads the Big Red, averaging double figures in both points (13.9) and rebounds (11.9) per game. Clare Fitzpatrick follows with 13.0 points per game, while Spencer Lane is averaging 4.0 assists per game.

All-Time vs. Cornell: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Cornell, 44-20, including winning the last eight meetings. The Tigers swept the Big Red in 2012, dropping them 64-35 at home on Jan. 13 and 75-39 on Feb. 18 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Scouting Columbia: Columbia (2-14, 0-2 Ivy) currently is riding a five-game losing skid entering this weekend's action. The Lions will face Penn Friday, prior to hosting the Tigers.

Tyler Simpson is the Lions' top performer, averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. No other player is averaging above 7.1 points per game.

All-Time vs. Columbia: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Columbia, 40-16, winning the last eight meetings. The Tigers trounced the Lions in both games last year, winning 95-35 on Jan. 15 and 86-46 on Feb. 17.

25 and Counting...: The Tigers' 77-47 win over Penn on Jan. 12 marked their 25th consecutive Ivy League victory. Princeton is 47-1 in Ivy play since Feb. 27, 2008.

Dominating at Home: Princeton currently is riding a 14-game home winning streak. The squad has not lost at Jadwin Gym since Dec. 13, 2011.

Top-20 RPI: The Tigers are tabbed No. 20 in the latest RPI poll, having defeated four top-85 teams. Princeton has faced nine top-85 teams, including four ranked in the top-30.

The National Scene: Princeton is ranked in the top-100 in 12 different national statistical categories, including top-50 rankings in: scoring offense (43rd), scoring margin (32nd), FG% defense (34th), rebound margin (12th), assists/game (27th), assist turnover ration (23rd).

Individually, Niveen Rasheed is ranked No. 93 in points per game and No. 82 in rebounds per game.

Helmstetter Tabbed Ivy Player of the Week: Kristen Helmstetter was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 14. The junior earned her first career conference accolade and the Tigers' third of the season.

She helped guide the Tigers to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 83.3 percent from the field in victories over Navy, 70-50 on Jan. 8, and Penn, 77-47 on Jan. 12.

Ranked Opponents: Princeton's meeting between then-No. 19/22 UCLA on Nov. 25 marked the squad's first game versus a ranked team this year. The Tigers have also faced three teams who were receiving votes towards a national ranking in Rutgers, Delaware and DePaul.

The Tigers are 0-1 versus ranked teams and 1-2 versus receiving votes programs. Overall, Princeton's three losses were by an average of 8.3 points.

College Insider Mid-Major Top-25: The Tigers moved up to No. 5 with 605 points in the Jan. 29 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.

A Look at the Losses: All five Tiger losses were suffered on the road at the hands of all top-50 RPI opponents, including four current or formerly nationally ranked programs.

Opponent Low: Princeton held Illinois State to only 23.4 percent (15-for-64) from the field, for a season-best mark in its 67-50 victory on Dec. 19.

Quintet in Double Figures: For the first time this, season five players scored in double figures versus UMBC on Dec. 2. Four of the starting five reached the scoring mark, along with newcomer Michelle Miller in 17 bench minutes.

Kate Miller led the offense for the first time this season with 13 points, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Assists 4 Africa: The Princeton women's basketball team will be hosting Assists 4 Africa events at Jadwin Gym as part of the Princeton Varsity Club Service Circle. Its efforts will raise money for Vivre Ensemble Madeshael, the orphanage in Senegal the team visited in 2011, working with Progress 4 Africa (501(c)3) charity.

To pledge a one-time donation search for "Assists4Africa" on www.crowdrise.com or pledge an amount based on the number of assists the team makes throughout the season. Please direct all questions to PrincetonAssists4Africa@gmail.com.

Banghart Reaches Career Milestone: Sixth season head coach Courtney Banghart won her 100th career game at the helm of the Princeton women's basketball program Sunday in the Tigers' 93-46 win over UMBC. Banghart is now 105-55 all-time and 65-16 in Ivy play. Assistant coach Milena Flores has been on Banghart's coaching staff throughout that span, as well.

Rasheed Named to Wooden Award Preseason Team & Naismith Watch List: Senior Niveen Rasheed was selected to the Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 and to the 50-player Naismith Watch List. The Tiger guard is the only Ivy League representative on the prestigious preseason teams recognizing the top NCAA Division I players in the nation.

Preseason Poll Predicts Ivy Four-Peat: Behind 132 votes and 13 first-place nods, Princeton was predicted to win the Ivy League title for the fourth consecutive season in the Ivy preseason media poll. Harvard was the only other team to collect first-place votes, earning 120 points and three first-place votes.

Ivy First:  The Tigers made history a year ago by becoming the only Ivy League women's basketball program to earn a national ranking. Princeton was No. 24 in the final AP Poll of 2011-12.

Welcome Back: The Tigers welcome back 10 letterwinners from a year ago, including unanimous Ivy Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed and two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Polansky. Princeton will be led by a sturdy group of four seniors, looking to conclude their careers on top of the League for a fourth straight season.

The Newbies: Five freshmen join the Tigers in 2012-13. Princeton bolsters its lineup with a versatile group, each looking to become immediate contributors. The Tiger newcomers are: point guard Amanda Berntsen, guard Michelle Miller, guard/forward Annie Tarakchian, forward Alex Wheatley and forward/center Taylor Williams.

Preseason Honors: The Tigers have already picked up several preseason honors entering 2012-13. College Sports Madness tabbed head coach Courtney Banghart as the Preseason All-Mid Major and Ivy League Coach of the Year. Senior Niveen Rasheed was named the Preseason Ivy League Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Mid Major and All-Ivy First Team.

Ivy Domination: This year's senior class has only seen one Ivy League loss throughout their careers, going 41-1. They have won the last three consecutive conference championships and were members of the first group to advance to the NCAA Tournament in Princeton history.

My Captain, Oh My Captain: Princeton's co-captains in 2012-13 are reigning Ivy Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Polansky.

New Faces, New Roles: In addition to five new players on the court, the Princeton coaching staff saw some new additions. After two years at the team's director of basketball operations Megan Griffith has been promoted to assistant coach. Griffith replaces Melanie Moore.

Tyler Cordell was hired during the summer as the program's new director of basketball operations. Cordell comes from Ithaca where she was a graduate assistant with the Division III women's basketball team.

Status Update: Junior Nicole Hung suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.

 

 

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