Thursday, December 31, 2009

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Princeton Women at FDU

by Ray Floriani

TEANECK, NJ - On Wednesday Princeton and FDU women closed out 2009 with the visiting Tigers posting a 77-44 lopsided victory at Rothman Center. The Tigers opened a 42-19 lead at the half and cruised to their tenth victory.

The Possessions:

Efficiency and Factors:


Princeton’s eFG was aided by 11 of 20 shooting beyond the arc. The Tigers got a number of good looks largely due to great ball movement that found wide open shooters beyond the arc. And Princeton has the shooters, and passers. Tigers assisted on 19 of their 28 field goals, an outstanding 68 per cent.

Addie Micir led the Tigers with 16 points (4 of 6 from three). Tani Brown was 0-2 from two point range but 5 of 7 from three and finished with 15 points. FDU, led by Aklyssa Mayrose with 9 , did not have a double figure scorer. Top scoring threat sophomore guard Mariyah Laury struggled and finished with five points.

FDU managed only 12 field goals for the game and committed 16 turnovers. Credit Princeton’s tough man to man defense that stresses constant ball pressure.

A bright spot was FDU’s 16-10 edge on the offensive glass. Must be in the water as even the outstanding men’s teams at Old Nassau often had a weakness in the rebounding department.

Discrepancy on the line as Princeton attempting 15 free throws to FDU’s 22. Simply, you cannot foul what (or who) you can’t catch. The Tigers had a number of open looks, especially outside, and weren’t in a position to get fouled and sent to the charity stripe.

Princeton improved to 10-2 with Ivy League play soon to start. FDU fell to 4-7.

Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart and assistant Milena Flores were pleased and complimented when yours truly said Princeton reminded me much of the Cornell Men’s team (with their ball movement and shooting) I covered in the Holiday Festival. ”I wish our schedules were different so we could see them (Cornell),” Banghart said.

“We have some nice weapons as conference play continues. We are small and young. We have work to do and will get better….Princeton is an NCAA (tournament) team.” - FDU coach Peter Cinella

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