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Former Monte Vista Grad Carries Princeton Women to NCAA Berth

Niveen Rasheed graduated from Monte Vista in 2009. A standout on the court there, she's making her presence felt for Princeton, too, as the team grabbed an NCAA berth.

Former Monte Vista Grad Carries Princeton Women to NCAA Berth

We recently wrote about how , a 2009 Monte Vista graduate, was turning heads and making a difference on the court for the Princeton Women's basketball team.

Well, she's done such a stellar job this season that the team has snatched an NCAA playoff berth.

Yahoo.com Sport's blog, Rival.com, recently featured Rasheed:

Rasheed also draws a crowd on the court, leading Princeton in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (9.2). The Tigers recently clinched their third straight Ivy League title and NCAA tournament berth, becoming the first team since Harvard (1996-98) to accomplish that feat.

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Princeton’s dominance has coincided with the arrival of Rasheed, the versatile 6-foot junior and political science major from Danville, Calif.

“She’s raised the level of our competitiveness as a unit just leaps and bounds,” coach Courtney Banghart said. “She’s powerful, so she can score. I think she’s got a motor that’s really rare at any level.”

At 23-4 overall, 13-0 in the Ivy League, three of the Tigers’ four losses were to ranked teams Stanford, Delaware and DePaul. Rasheed averaged 19.6 points and 10.3 rebounds against those teams.

Read that entire article here.

From our story , Rasheed told us she believes her life on and off the basketball court at Monte Vista helped prepare her for the college atmosphere at Princeton.

“It had the perfect high school season,” said Rasheed. “It’s kind of like Princeton. You have this community that supports you. The people know a lot about you. There is a ‘big athlete around town’ mentality. It’s also great academically.”

While at Monte Vista, Rasheed was a team captain over her final two seasons and helped lead the Mustangs to a 99-18 record over a four-year period. She averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds during her four years at Monte Vista. During her senior season, Rasheed’s averaged nearly 21 points per game. She holds the school record in career steals, rebounds, assists and points and became the first Mustang to have her number retired. Rasheed was also a three-time all-metro, All-Northern California and all-state selection.

 

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