This Week for the Tigers:
• The Princeton women’s basketball team (7-4) opens another four-game road swing beginning this weekend at the Virginia-hosted Cavalier Classic from Dec. 28-29 in Charlottesville.
• The Tigers will open the weekend with Alabama on Saturday at 12 noon, and will face either Coppin State or Virginia on Sunday at either 12 noon or 2 p.m.
Last Time Out:
•Princeton extended its winning streak to four straight and five of the last six in a 69-39 victory over Illinois State on Dec. 18 to close out the home half of the 2013 schedule.
• ISU established a 9-3 lead at 11:49, before a 15-0 Tiger run put the Orange and Black up for good.
• Princeton saw contributions from every active player in its best defensive effort of the year.
On Deck: The Tigers spend their next two games in nearby Philadelphia, squaring off with Drexel on Saturday, Jan. 4 to conclude the non-conference slate.
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• Alabama (6-5) enters this weekend’s action riding a three-game winning streak, with all three games coming at home.
• Three Crimson Tide players are averaging double figures in: Shafontaye Myers (15.0), Daisha Simmons (14.0) and Ashley Williams (10.1).
• Simmons is also the squad’s rebounding leader with 6.4 per game.
• The Crimson Tide are averaging 67.8 points per game, holding a -0.9 scoring margin versus opponents.
All-Time versus Alabama: This is the first meeting in program history between Princeton and Alabama.
Scouting Coppin State:
• Coppin State is 1-3 over its last four games and sits at 4-6.
• The Eagle offense is headlined by Kyra Coleman’s 15.3 points per game, followed by Larrisa Carter (13.1) and Ashle Craig (10.4).
• Carter is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, for a team-high.
• Coppin State is averaging 62.8 points per game, for a -9.1 scoring margin versus opponents.
All-Time versus Coppin State: This is the first meeting in program history between Princeton and Coppin State.
• Virginia sits at 5-6 after going 2-5 over the last month.
• Ataira Franklin (12.9), Faith Randolph (11.4) and Sarah Imovbioh (10.7) serve as the scoring leaders.
• Imovbioh also is UVa’s rebounding leader with 8.0 per game.
• The Cavaliers are averaging 67.0 points per game, holding a +2.8 scoring margin.
All-Time versus Virginia:
• Virginia owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 1-0.
• The Cavaliers earned an 85-56 victory on Dec. 18, 1978 at Princeton Invite.
Depth at the Point:
• Princeton has been starting a pair of point guards for the last seven games and eight overall in junior Blake Dietrick and sophomore Amanda Berntsen.
• The duo has provided more options for the Tiger offense, as both are coming off 10-point performances versus Illinois State.
• Berntsen also made a career-high eight rebounds, while Dietrick notched a career-mark with a game-high three blocks.
Helmstetter’s Scoring Run:
• Senior co-captain Kristen Helmstetter enters this weekend’s tournament coming off a pair of double figure scoring performances.
• She tallied 18 points in an overtime win over Delaware on Dec. 15 and followed that up with a game-high 16 versus Illinois State on Dec. 18.
• She has scored 16 points or more in three of the last four games and four games overall this year.
• Freshman Taylor Brown put together her best career performance thus far versus Illinois State.
• She tallied a career-high nine points, all triples, while adding eight defensive boards to match a game-high.
• Brown had a key triple and grabbed four rebounds during Princeton’s crucial 15-0 run to take the lead for good.
Three in 10-Plus:
• Consistently this year at least three of Princeton’s starting five have averaged double figure scoring numbers.
• Led by Blake Dietrick’s 14.6, Kristen Helmstetter (12.4) and Michelle Miller (10.0) round out the Tigers’ top scorers.
• Princeton has won five of its last six games, including its last four consecutive.
• The Tigers’ six-game stretch saw four games on the road, as they posted a 3-1 road mark.
Season High Scoring Mark: Along with six Tigers scoring in double figures, marking a season high, the squad shot a season-best from the field (62.5 percent) against Portland State on Nov. 30.
• Just over a week after holding Binghamton to only 49 points on Dec. 11, Princeton’s defense tightened up further and only allowed 39 points against versus Illinois State on Dec. 18.
• That marked a season-best defensive effort and an opponent-low in points scored against the Tigers.
Trending Now: Princeton has had at least two players score in double figures over the first 11 games.
Some More Numbers: The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in four games this year and are averaging 75.5 points per game.
In the League:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring offense - 75.5
• Scoring margin - +7.4
• Field goal percentage - 48.1 (309-642)
• Rebound defense - 34.3 (377)
• Blocked shots - 4.4 (48)
• Assists - 15.9 (175)
The National Scene:
• Princeton is currently ranked in the top-60 nationally in two categories as of the Dec. 23 stats update:
• No. 60 assists per game - 15.9
• No. 53 Blocked shots per game - 4.4
• No. 11 Field goal percentage - 48.1
• No. 41 Rebound Margin - 8.2
• No. 56 Scoring offense - 75.5
• Blake Dietrick is ranked No. 24 in three-point field goal percentage (45.3), No. 53 in three-point field goals per game (2.64) and No. 56 in field goal percentage (53.8).
Another Four-Game Road Swing:
• The Tigers will embark on another four-game road swing before their annual break for final exams in January.
• After two games at the Cavalier Classic, Princeton will make day trips to the City of Brotherly Love to face Drexel (Jan. 4) and Penn (Jan. 11).
Polling Opponents: Both Rutgers and Marist were receiving votes towards a national ranking at the time of the meeting, while St. Joseph’s currently is receiving votes towards a spot in the top-25.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25: Princeton moved up two spots to No. 14 in the Dec. 17 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll with 341 points.
• Princeton currently ranks No. 31 in the latest RPI poll.
• Only Harvard at No. 84 also represents the Ivy League in the top-100.