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Username Post: Bella Alarie Named to McClain Award Watch List        (Topic#22004)
rbg 
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02-15-19 09:13 AM - Post#276431    
    In response to AntiUngvar

The McClain Award has trimmed its 20 person list down to 10 and Alarie is still in the running.

http://www.hoophall.com/news/basketball-hall- of-fa...

Lauren Cox - Baylor
Reyna Frost - Central Michigan
Napheesa Collier - Connecticut
Sara Rhine - Drake
Anriel Howard - Mississippi St.
Jessica Shepard - Notre Dame
Ruthy Hebard - Oregon
Bella Alarie - Princeton
Alanna Smith - Stanford
Megan Huff - Utah

 
bradley 
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02-22-19 03:35 PM - Post#277504    
    In response to rbg

Bella is now averaging 29 pts per game with 13 rebounds in IL play. Her scoring average is 11 pts higher than 2nd place and 3 rebounders higher per game. She is #2 in blocked shots and top 10 in assists, steals, FG avg (#2) and FT% (#5). She is simply a dominant player but unfortunately her teammates have yet to step up in IL play. Other team announcers are basically stunned as to the quality of her play on road games.

Because she missed the first 9 games, her stats will not meet the minimum NCAA game played standards. If she had enough games, she would be top ten in the nation in a number of categories.

If she stays healthy and gets some support, the Tiger women will be a force. She plays tonight against a reasonably good Columbia team that yielded 45 pts to her (IL women's record) at Columbia.

 
Tiger84 
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02-24-19 11:32 AM - Post#277807    
    In response to bradley

She went down painfully late in the Columbia game, but was able to get back on the court for the last couple of minutes of the game. Looked like she was walking around with an ice pack on her ankle during the men’s game. Hoping she’s 100% by Tuesday.

 
bradley 
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02-26-19 10:01 PM - Post#278152    
    In response to Tiger84

Bella was not able to practice yesterday due to lingering injury from Columbia game but true to form she stepped up when the Tigers needed her. She finished 33/10/3 blocks. She is such a special player with the gifts of a guard in a 6'4" athletic frame. Her Dad did a great job in developing her skills and being a team player.

I have a lot of respect for the Penn coach and team but Courtney and the team had this date circled for a payback. The Tigers talked about this rematch in postgame interviews over the past two weekends so you could anticipate that they would be locked in.

The irony is that the first place team may play the home team in IvyMadness but welcome to IvyMadness. If the Tigers lost tonight, they probably would have played Harvard in game #1 of IvyMadness but it is always good to beat the Quakerites.

 
rbg 
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02-27-19 12:11 AM - Post#278163    
    In response to bradley

Congratulations on tonight's win. Alarie again showed that she is the best in the league - by far.

Last year, Coach Banghart was vocal in her displeasure at having to face Penn on their homecourt during the Ivy Tournament and that was in a year where her team was the strongest by far. It will be interesting to hear how she feels about playing Yale at the JLA with the distance from #1 through #4 much closer than it was last season.

 
bradley 
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02-27-19 10:08 AM - Post#278179    
    In response to rbg

She will not like it playing Yale at Yale but she is not a big fan of IvyMadness, especially playing a road game as a #1 seed because she has some common sense and a willingness to speak out. The only good news is that Yale beat Princeton so there will probably be a payback for Yale like Penn last night although unfortunately, Princeton plays Yale during the last weekend of the regular season. It would be much more strategic to have the payback in the first round of the absurdity of IvyMadness.

Bella, as a Junior, is the most dominant IL player, male or female. If she is healthy next year, the numbers may be even crazier than 26 pts/12 rebounds/4 assists/ 3 blocks per game.

There is a reason why she made the final 10 list for top frontcourt women's player even though she missed 9 games.

 
rbg 
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02-28-19 09:44 AM - Post#278373    
    In response to bradley

Coach Banghart said on her most recent Court Report show that Ivy League rules allow the home team to make the decision about when to play the game.

Since Princeton will get the second game next year, she said that she will have it on a Saturday, since it is physically difficult to end up playing 5 games in 9 days.

With regards to the Ivy Tournament announcement - If the decision has been made not to have it at the #1 seed, then she feels it should be played at all of the schools.

 
bradley 
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03-02-19 08:14 PM - Post#278931    
    In response to rbg

5-0 in 9 days including wins against Penn at the Palestra and home at Harvard. Harvard played very hard and they are good. Whowever has the second seed does not want to play Harvard so the Tigers need to finish out with wins next weekend.

Alarie finished 19/10 but Littlefied stepped up this weekend big time.

Four of the starters played 37 minutes or more in the 5th game in 9 days. Tigers are not dominant but they are tough and they have Alarie and Banghart.

 
Tiger81 
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03-02-19 08:18 PM - Post#278936    
    In response to bradley

And Sydney Jordan, who helped turn today’s game in 4Q

 
bradley 
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03-04-19 09:31 PM - Post#279391    
    In response to Tiger81

Bella receives her 7th IL POW award this year and 16th of her career after she averages 21/10 in 3 victories over Penn, Dartmouth and Harvard. She is 5 away from the all time women's record.

She has been working with Littlefied to dunk a basketball in a game.

Most experts believe that she will be playing in the WNBA with the only other IL player, Blake Dietrick although she has one more year to go.

 
bradley 
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03-09-19 09:18 AM - Post#280114    
    In response to bradley

Not an unusal night for Bella:
19 pts on 8 of 16 shooting
14 rebounds
4 steals
3 blocks
3 steals

Littlefield has come to life at end of season but not sure if Bella has enough support this year to go all the way but nothing would be surprising when it comes to her.

 
SecS3 
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03-09-19 02:13 PM - Post#280151    
    In response to bradley

She put up these numbers despite only playing 21 minutes yesterday.

 
bradley 
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03-09-19 02:39 PM - Post#280158    
    In response to SecS3

Bella is not only the most dominant player in the IL but probably the highest draft choice amongst all players in the IL, men or women. Many experts believe that she will be playing in the WNBA.

Plus, she has one year to go and the supporting cast for the Tigers next year should be improved with the return of Abby Myers and the seasoning of this year's frosh.

Banghart will turn Bella loose next year in non-conference play.

 
bradley 
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03-09-19 10:56 PM - Post#280350    
    In response to bradley

Unlike the men, Bella's line for tonight:




 
bradley 
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03-09-19 10:58 PM - Post#280351    
    In response to bradley

Unlike the men, Bella's line:
31 pts on 10-18 FG and 11-12 FT
13 rebounds
6 assists
2 blocks
2 steals

Can she play for both men and women's games at IvyMadness?

 
bradley 
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03-11-19 09:53 PM - Post#280732    
    In response to bradley

If the Tigers can get thru IvyMadnes, which will be very challenging, they are shown as being a #13 seed going against Dawn Staley S.C. Gamecocks. The Tigers had a disastrous start 2-7 without Bella but they played against crazy tough competition, 3 top #25 teams.

It would be interesting to see Bella go against top flight competition although there are only two very good players that surround her. Next year will be the push year if she remains healthy for an entire season and the women could receive two bids.

 
bradley 
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03-13-19 03:35 PM - Post#281075    
    In response to bradley

Bella is named POY for the second straight year. She has the opportunity to something historic next year by becoming a 3 time POY and 4 time 1st team All Ivy.

She finished the IL season with 24.5/11.7 with the second highest FG and FT%. She was second in blocked shots, 6th in assists and 9th in steals.

Hopefully, she can lead the Tigers to a NCAAW Tournament appearance this year and take the Tigers back to a place where they were several years ago with Blake Dietrick next year. She does need some additional support from teammates other than Littlefield.

 
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