#26 Princeton Women's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Princeton Tigers
Overall Rank: #26
Conference Rank: #1 Ivy
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If anybody was concerned about Coach Carla Berube taking over Princeton after the very successful Courtney Banghart regime, those concerns are long gone. In her debut season leading the program, Coach Berube went 26-1 and lead Princeton to their third straight Ivy League regular season title. There will be some competition from Penn again in 2020-2021, but Princeton should find themselves right back at the top of conference standings.
2019-20 Record: 26-1, 14-0
Coach: Carla Berube
Coach Record: 29-1 at Princeton, 413-85 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Bella Alarie, Guard/Forward, 17.5 ppg
Taylor Baur, Forward, 6.9 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Carlie Littlefield, Senior, Guard, 13.7 ppg
Julia Cunningham, Junior, Guard, 8.2 ppg
Grace Stone, Junior, Guard, 5.8 ppg
Abby Meyers, Junior, Guard, 6.3 ppg
Ellie Mitchell, Sophomore, Forward, 5.3 ppg
Maggie Connolly, Junior, Guard, 5.2 ppg
Neenah Young, Junior, Guard/Forward, 3.3 ppg
McKenna Haire, Senior, Guard, 2.0 ppg
Maya McArthur, Sophomore, Forward, 1.2 ppg
Lexi Weger, Junior, Guard/Forward, 1.0 ppg
Key New Players
Kaitlyn Chen, Freshman, Guard
Paige Morton, Freshman, Guard
Chat Nweke, Freshman, Guard
Carlie Littlefield averaged 13.7 points and 3.1 assists and will be the catalyst of the offense. Julia Cunningham and Grace Stone were both regular starters as sophomores and are expected to play more of a starring role now that they are experienced upperclassmen. Abby Myers fits into that category as well. She proved to be an offensive spark during her sophomore season but now needs to be more consistent shooting from long range to turn into one of Princeton’s go-to-scorers. Maggie Connolly is another talented junior and she could turn into the Tiger’s top three-point shooter this year. The concern is in the frontcourt where Bella Alarie and Taylor Baur need to be replaced. Ellie Mitchell had a very promising freshman campaign, averaging 5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game. She will get the opportunity to be the next star in the Princeton frontcourt. Neenah Young is a big wing who can help out in the frontcourt, but the Tigers will likely play smaller than they did last year with all of the talent they have on the perimeter.  
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.2 (54th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 47.9 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 41.7 (92, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 33.8 (7, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.6 (116, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.3 (82, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.9 (136, 1)
Rebound Margin: 9.4 (10, 1)
Assists Per Game: 15,6 (41, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.1 (17, 2)
Madness 2020 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#89 Kaitlyn Chen