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whitakk
Junior
Posts 285
03-16-19 09:19 PM - Post#281734    

Easy victory over Cornell, no surprise:
https://paw.princeton.edu/article/womens-basket bal...

Just noticed that Princeton has now won three Ivy semifinals, each by exactly 21 points.
Vonsid
Freshman
Posts 80
03-17-19 04:52 PM - Post#281820    

The women are goin dancin
Tiger81
Sophomore
Posts 127
Tiger81
03-17-19 06:53 PM - Post#281838    

Very tight game through the first three quarters; it was a see-saw contest with both teams playing tough defense but not able to get any separation. Behind by 3 heading into the 4Q, the Tigers lifted their level of play, triggered by a blocked shot by Bella Alarie on Leah Parker, who are both first team All-Ivy, and then a fast break layup/and-one by Gabrielle Rush. The dagger was on a kick out from Alarie to freshman Julia Cunningham who sank an uncontested three, her first points of the game.

Penn went cold in the 4Q and Princeton played heady, in-control and up-tempo to pull away. Carlie Littlefield, who was scoreless in the first half, was a huge spark in 2H and Alarie and Rush were outstanding for all 40 minutes.

Congrats on a great season for the Tiger women, they will be a touch matchup in the first round of the NCAAs.


whitakk
Junior
Posts 285
03-17-19 07:47 PM - Post#281846    

Whatever praise there is for Bella isn’t enough, but they needed the others (especially Littlefield) to step up to pull away down the stretch.

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/dancing-again -wo...
Tiger81
Sophomore
Posts 127
Tiger81
03-17-19 08:55 PM - Post#281857    

Great piece!
Tiger69
Postdoc
Posts 2373
03-17-19 10:33 PM - Post#281861    

Super ending to a season that began 0-7🐅
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-18-19 07:45 AM - Post#281882    

Having the two best teams by far play on a neutral court after both having 12-2 regular season records was a fitting way to decide who would get the NCAAW bid. It is possible, but unlikely, that Penn is going to get a bid although it is possible. There was some speculation that the Tigers would get a bid even if they lost to Penn as they were 18-2 with Bella coming back from the injury -- Tigers were 2-7 without her but they played an incredibly aggressive non-conference schedule.

Thought that it was a toss up game as Bella really only has two consistent, reliable teammates and Penn is seasoned with four scorers and a very good head coach.

At the end of the day, the Tiger have Bella and Banghart and based on the box score, Bella had her usual dominant game. Banghart to her credit argued against having the tournament at the Palestra on a yearly basis and this year in particular would have been an additional obstacle.

ESPN has Tigers as a 11th seed against Kentucky.


SecS3
Freshman
Posts 45
03-18-19 11:01 AM - Post#281919    

Didn't start 0-7. Tigers won their opener against Rider, then lost seven straight before beating Davidson prior to Bella's return.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-18-19 12:21 PM - Post#281930    

The Tigers were the better team, especially by the end the season.

Alarie is a unique talent, who had everything on display this weekend. She can hit from any part of the court, and is an excellent passer. She can also bring the ball up as good as most point guards.

She played the second best player in the league and absolutely took control, holding Parker to 5-23 for the game (1-14 in 2nd half). She also added 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for good measure.

After her 3 years at Princeton and her starting for the US's World Cup team two summers ago, it's hard not to think that she will get serious consideration for the 2020 WNBA Draft.

Rush played well and shot the three better than she had done through most of the Ivy season. Littlefield was out of sorts through the first game and a half, then took charge late in the third. That may have been the difference, ultimately, in yesterday's game.

If they want to get through the first round, all 3 will need to be at their best and they will need Jordan to stay on the court for most of the game. I must say I am surprised that they are a #11 seed, since I think last year's team was better and they only got a #12 seed.

With all due respect to the Tournament champs, however, I wish that the league would do something about the timing of the games. It's tough to have these teams fight for the automatic bid when one plays from 6 - 8 pm on Saturday night and the other team goes from 8:30 - 10:30 pm.

The 2017 Ivy Tournament had the opening game at 10 am, which gave Penn a lot more rest than than Princeton, which played its game at 6 pm. Maybe, moving it to Friday would be a better idea since it would give both teams a chance to rest before the Sunday final.
penn nation
Professor
Posts 13435
03-18-19 05:56 PM - Post#281960    

Saw the first half on a plane. Thought Penn did a nice job overplaying Alarie for good stretches but she still was ridiculous. And when overplayed more often than not she was also able to hit an open teammate who usually converted. Offensively, incredibly impressive. Defensively, less so (at least in the first half) although obviously that changed by game's end.


  • Tiger81 Said:
Very tight game through the first three quarters; it was a see-saw contest with both teams playing tough defense but not able to get any separation. Behind by 3 heading into the 4Q, the Tigers lifted their level of play, triggered by a blocked shot by Bella Alarie on Leah Parker, who are both first team All-Ivy, and then a fast break layup/and-one by Gabrielle Rush. The dagger was on a kick out from Alarie to freshman Julia Cunningham who sank an uncontested three, her first points of the game.

Penn went cold in the 4Q and Princeton played heady, in-control and up-tempo to pull away. Carlie Littlefield, who was scoreless in the first half, was a huge spark in 2H and Alarie and Rush were outstanding for all 40 minutes.

Congrats on a great season for the Tiger women, they will be a touch matchup in the first round of the NCAAs.





bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-18-19 08:04 PM - Post#281970    

Kentucky is rated somewhere between 18-22 in most polls so it is surprising that they received a #6 seed. I watched them play one time and they play hard, very aggressive defense. Point guard is small but she will harass Littlefield all over the court. I would not be surprised if Bella actually brings up the ball at times as Kentucky's center is not very quick.

Bella will be the tallest player on the court. All of Kentucky starters were very highly rated recruits out of high school, top #50 players but Bella, Littlefied and Rush can play with them. The issue will be Jordan and Stone but Cunningham may be getting more time which will be a good thing.

Kentucky probably wins but it should not be a blow out at all and there is a possibility of a surprise if Rush hits some 3 pointers and Bella does her thing. I do not believe that Banghart will be out coached. Time will tell.

bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-22-19 07:34 AM - Post#282466    

Banghart sounded reasonably confident on the podcast. Apparently, if Princeton lost to Penn, the Tigers were identified as one of 8 teams for the remaining at large bids which says a lot when you start off 2-7. She is concerned about Kentucky's star player and high scorer who is only a freshmen but top 25 high school player. Banghart did counter that she has Bella.

To beat Kentucky will require that Bwlla, Littlefield and Rush play at their best and Bella dominates at certain points of the game.

She was surprised when the podcast host stated that Banghart has participated in 12 of the 27 IL appearances at the NCAAW Tournament - 2 times as an All IL player, 2 times as a Dartmouth assistant coach and 8 times in 10 years as a Princeton coach. He claimed that the only comparable baseketball run in the Ivies was the great run by the Penn men's basketball teams of the 70s'.

She is a very good coach and hopefully, Princeton retains her over time, as she is building a dynasty. I am pretty sure that she wants at least one more round with a healthy Bella in her senior year.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-22-19 09:08 AM - Post#282469    

Bella should be able to handle the Kentucky front court, but the guards are going to have their hands full.

Littlefield may actually be the key since she will have to deal with them for almost 40 minutes, while avoiding turnovers and putting up points. She is certainly capable of it, but it is a tough task since there really isn't an Ivy team, this year, that plays like that (maybe Yale from last year was closest).

They have a some depth with Cunningham, Baur and Boyer, but realistically they will need their top 4 to play at their best on Saturday.

Banghart's intensity seems to bother people outside of Princeton, but there is no denying she is a great coach. She seems like a Ivy League lifer, so I would think it would have to be a major conference job for her to consider leaving. Last year, the Virginia job opened up suddenly when the team's coach had to resign to deal with an adoption issue with her young daughter. With an improving ACC program that had just made it into the NCAA Tournament, I would have thought they would make a run to get Banghart, but they went for former WNBA star and Texas assistant coach Tina Thompson.

This year, Virginia took a step back with their first time coach and went 12-19 after being 19-14, 20-13 and 19-16 the previous three years.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-22-19 09:48 AM - Post#282472    

Littlefield may be the key but I believe that she will have trouble with turnovers. Kentucky 3 guards average 6.5 steals per game and the PG guarding her, Murray, was named 1st team SEC defense as she averages over 3 steals per game. She is very small, 5'6" but incredibly quick and right in your face plus she does not turn the ball over and has a ridiculous assist to turnover ratio. As mentioned in prior post as crazy as it might seem, it would not surprise me if Bella takes the ball out of the backcourt as Kentucky C is slow with no quickness.

As to Banghart, the dislike for her could be her aggressive style (gender related criticism??) or her success. I assume that there is x amount of jealously regarding her success similar to the Amakers of the world. Her players love her - I know that -- but she is tough and demanding.
Go Green
Masters Student
Posts 661
03-22-19 10:45 AM - Post#282477    

  • rbg Said:


This year, Virginia took a step back with their first time coach and went 12-19 after being 19-14, 20-13 and 19-16 the previous three years.



They also barely beat American U., who is Penn's opponent tonight.
whitakk
Junior
Posts 285
03-22-19 09:34 PM - Post#282539    

Yeah, worried about Kentucky's press. Against Cornell, Princeton's press break was, give the ball to Littlefield and have her break the press, which might not work tomorrow. None of their other ballhandlers looked up to the task.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 07:45 AM - Post#282544    

Quakers and Crimson impressive wins at the WNIT confirms the improvement of IL WBB. Although it means nothing as to the potential result for this morning's game, it demonstrates the improvement in competition at the IL. Penn's team is very good and seasoned and may go deep in the WNIT.

I would feel a little better about this morning's game if Littlefield can demonstrate if she can handle the press reasonably well in the early minutes. Her height also works against her when she gets doubled. Cunningham may get some additional minutes as she is reasonably good with the ball vs. Jordan but the ultimate weapon out of necessity in handling the ball may be Bella. The question is would Banghart adopt that strategy if there is not another good option?
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 10:16 AM - Post#282546    

Better start than last year but K really pressures the ball. Doubling up on Bella but she is giving up the ball plus she is rebounding with her height advantage. Gonna be tough to win.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 10:27 AM - Post#282547    

19-16 Tigers after one with Bella only having 2 points but with 2 fouls -- ouch. Jordan played a great 1st quarter. Kentucky is subbing like crazy and will be well rested for 2nd half.

Tigers top 6 players can compete based on one quarter but not totally surprising.

Announcers mentioned that Bella may be one of the top 10 players in next year's WNBA draft.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 10:32 AM - Post#282548    

Kentucky time out with Rush hitting another 3 pointer. Bella is giving the ball to the open shooter as they double team --- Bella is the ultimate team player.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 10:33 AM - Post#282549    

Rush with her 2nd three. Tigers up 27-18 and KU takes at timeout with 8:18 to go in the 2nd.

Rush 10, Jordan 9, Alarie 4 and Littlefield 4.


bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 10:49 AM - Post#282551    

37-33 Tigers at HT. Gets scary when Bella is on the bench but Jordan and Bella should be well rested for 2nd half expected onslaught by Kentucky.

Bella's ball skills are remarkable. It would be like Richmond beating the press. Quite an advantage to have in your arsenal. She did miss some wide open 3s' -- would be a big plus if she makes a few of those.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 10:53 AM - Post#282552    

Great job to be up 4 with Alarie spending a good amount of time on the bench and shooting only 3 for 10.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 11:15 AM - Post#282554    

They are fighting indeed and certainly have not yet succumed to the pressure but they have lost some momentum -- might be fatigued.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 11:26 AM - Post#282555    

Kentucky making 3s like crazy -- down 9 pts after 3 quarters. Going to be very tough to overcome - need to get lead down to 5 pts by 4 minutes to go.

Plenty to work on for next year.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:40 AM - Post#282556    

KU up 73-63 with 4:43 left. Rush doing a great job with 22 pts (6 of 9 from 3) and Jordan has 15. Alarie has 13 pts, but only 5-19. She is bigger than the KU players and has 5 o-boards, but she has missed a number of shots she normally takes.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:48 AM - Post#282557    

KU up 76-71 lead with 30 seconds left. KU has the ball. Need a stop on this possession.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:49 AM - Post#282558    

Roper hits two FT to make it 78-71. Princeton timeout.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:51 AM - Post#282559    

Alarie hits a hook shot to make it 78-73 with 26 seconds left. KU with ball and possession arrow.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:53 AM - Post#282560    

Morris hits 2 FT for KU to make it 80-73 with 25 seconds left.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 11:56 AM - Post#282561    

Tough loss. Tigers had their chances. Frustrating that Ivies seem to get so close so often but cannot close.

Missed opportunity.

Meyers will be back next year. There is a road map to get better especially regarding Littlefield.
rbg
PhD Student
Posts 1915
03-23-19 11:58 AM - Post#282562    

Alarie another layup to make it 80-75.

Jordan fouls out w/ 21 seconds left.

Howard misses 2 FT, but Littlefield misses 3.

Howard then fouled by Rush and hits 2 FT to make it 82-75.

Alarie misses 3, but it was rebounded by Cunningham, who misses layup. Baur gets board and hits one at the buzzer to finish the game 82-77.

The Tigers were competitive and had KU.

Solid effort by Littlefield and Stone.
Great games by Jordan and Rush.
Great stats from Alarie (20-15-5), but her inefficiency from the field (8-24) was a big difference in the game.
bradley
PhD Student
Posts 1214
03-23-19 12:41 PM - Post#282564    

Slightly different view as to Littlefield's performance although her effort was remarkably good. She had trouble in getting the Tiger offense set up due to Murray being in her face. Although 1st team All Ivy, she was overmatched.

My sense is that she needs to get in the gym and really work on her ball handling and especially her quickness. With this type of competition, Tigers needed to do less dribbling and more quick passing.

Banghart coached well but so did the Kentucky coach and he rotated 9 players to keep them fresh regarding pressure.

Best advice for Banghart and Bella, have a very strong non-conference performance next year and do not rely on IvyMadness with Penn and Harvard close behind in the rear view mirror.



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