Every day in Jadwin Gymnasium, sneakers squeak, balls bounce and high hopes of Ivy championships and post-season NCAA Tournament play float through the air. That wouldn’t be the case if it wasn’t for an extraordinary and uncommon group of young women that laced those sneakers, bounced those balls and dreamt BIG. This group is the Women’s Basketball team, and they are proud to wear PRINCETON across their chest.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with the community. Well, we Tigers believe that the Princeton community is made up of an extraordinary and uncommon group of people. A community bound by warm, kind and passionate people; people who are proud to claim PRINCETON. There’s a connection here – what we share in uniqueness and pride is what ties us together. With that said, here’s why we think you should take a trip to Jadwin.
Senior co-captain Lauren Edwards had an inclination that there was going to be something special about this program from the moment she considered Princeton as her college choice. “I thought there was a lot of potential with our coaching staff,” Edwards said. “They’re great recruiters, and they’re great at talking to the team, so I knew that over the years the team would grow into something like it is now.”
So what is “it” now? Here’s the 411 on these Tigers.
“It” is a team of 13 players hailing from 8 different states. This past fall, this group trekked across the globe to Paris, France and Senegal, Africa to test their limits on the court and serve a country in need. Two out of our three seniors currently have jobs in N.Y. next fall (one as a financial analyst and the other as an investment banker) while the other will pursue a professional basketball career overseas. One player studied abroad at the London School of Economics in England last summer while another interned at a financial company in Neuchatel, Switzerland. One of them is fluent in Mandarin while two others are conversational in French.
I guess what you’re really wondering is if these Tigers’ talents off the court match their skills on it. Here are some basketball tidbits. Their record stands at 17-4 overall and 7-0 in the Ivy League thus far. They’ve battled with ESPN/USA Today Top 25 teams like Stanford (3) and DePaul (20). Three of our players have scored their 1,000th career point this season. This team has won back-to-back Ivy League titles the past two years and is on pace to have a three-peat this season.
Although this group is made up of individuals and they each have their own set of stripes, they come to Jadwin Gym every day with the same collective goal: to learn, grow and be better today.
It’s already mid-February and the season is quickly coming to its end, but if you want to witness something truly special in Jadwin Gym, we come out for one of the followings evenings.
Friday, 2/24 at 7PM vs. Harvard
Saturday, 2/25 at 6PM vs. Dartmouth
* “Princeton Plays Pink” Night in support of Robert Wood Johnson, the Breast Cancer Research Center, and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund)
Tuesday, 3/2 at 5PM vs. Penn
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