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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton women's basketball head coach Courtney Banghart has been named to the 10-person U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's National Coach of the Year Watch List, announced by the USWBA Thursday.
Banghart, who is in her fifth season at Princeton, has guided the Tigers (21-4 overall, 11-0 Ivy League) to their third consecutive outright Ivy League Championship and bid into the NCAA Tournament. Princeton currently is on the cusp of a second perfect conference record in three years and is one vote away from being ranked in a national top-25 poll, a feat no Ivy League program has ever accomplished. The Tigers also have been in the top-50 in RPI throughout the season, ranking as high as No. 11.
Over her tenure, Banghart has coached an Ivy League Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, in addition to 11 All-Ivy selections and two Ivy League All-Rookie Team recipients. This season, Lauren Edwards was named a finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and junior Niveen Rasheed was named to the 20-player USBWA Player of the Year Midseason Watch List. Over her five seasons, she owns an all-time record of 92-49 and .652 winning percentage, as well as 51-20 all-time Ivy League coaching record and .718 winning percentage.
Banghart, the 2010 New Jersey Sports Writers Association Women's College Coach of the Year, is a former All-Ivy League performer at Dartmouth. She played for the Big Green from 1996-2000 and was part of two Ivy League titles as a player. Banghart also has been inducted into the New England Basketball and Dartmouth College Hall of Fames.