Making history once again, junior forward Bella Alarie secured 41 points for the women’s basketball team (13–9 overall, 5–2 Ivy League) against Dartmouth (10–11, 3–5) on Saturday afternoon. This makes her the only player in Princeton history to score 40 points or more in a game twice, with the first time happening against Columbia earlier this month. In an interview following the Dartmouth game, head coach Courtney Banghart praised the 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year.
“Bella is such a great player and she impacts the game in every facet,” Banghart said. “What she’s doing is remarkable and we’re better for it.”
Alarie was also recently named Ivy League Player of the Week for the third consecutive time this season. This is Alarie’s fifteenth time being named Player of the Week. She is currently the all-time program leader in Player of the Week honors and second in Ivy League conference history.
Led by Alarie with 41 points and 13 rebounds, the Tigers beat the seventh seed in the Ivy conference, Dartmouth, 82–75. Sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield contributed with 14 points, followed by senior forward and co-captain Gabrielle Rush with another 14 points.
“I give our captains so much credit,” Banghart said of co-captains Rush and senior Sydney Jordan. “They compete, they’re consistent, and they are playing with the urgency of seniors.”
The Tigers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, tailing Dartmouth’s .600 field goal percentage with only a .182 percentage. When asked what was going through her mind at this point in the game, Banghart explained that she knew what her team was capable of.
“Every game in Ivy League play is a challenge, and we knew that going in,” Banghart said. “Dartmouth came out swinging. We knew we had to lock in and settle in. We did that.”
The 14 point difference put Dartmouth in a significant lead, but the Tigers were able to turn things around. In the next two quarters, the Tigers outscored Dartmouth, ending the third quarter in an eight point lead. With only a one point difference in the fourth quarter, the Orange and Black took home the win.
As the Tigers head into the second half of conference play, Banghart has much to say about the team, who are currently the second seed of the Ivy League conference.
“This team has been through a lot this season and they simply continue to show great resilience,” she said. “We’ve now gotten our eyes on everyone in the league. We’re halfway through the gauntlet, and our destiny is still in our control. I’m so proud of this group.”
This coming weekend, the Tigers will take on Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Both games start at 5:30 p.m. in Jadwin Gymnasium.