Women's Basketball Announces Class of 2020
PRINCETON, N.J. – After becoming the first Ivy League team to ever receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Princeton women’s basketball team and head coach Courtney Banghart have announced its class of 2020.
“Recruiting is the single most important thing we do, as we’re adding to the talent and character of our team as well as to the greater Tiger family,” said Banghart. “Princeton’s reputation as a world class educational opportunity and its commitment to athletic excellence affords us wide breadth in our recruiting efforts.”
The class of 2020 will feature four players from four different states. Isabella Alarie, Taylor Baur, Sara Lewis and Jordan Stallworth will join the 12 returning letterwinners from this year's team. Alarie will wear No. 31, while Baur will be No. 22. Lewis will don the No. 11 while Stallworth will be the No. 33.
“With this class, we are bringing in four quality players and first-class people,” noted Banghart about the incoming freshman class. “We are bringing in great size. We are bringing in proven winners and hungry competitors. We are bringing in people that have already fallen in love with this special place and who are hungry to bring this program to new heights. We eagerly await their arrival and look forward to seeing how they wear stripes as individuals and as a class.”
Putting the finishing touches on the 2015-16 campaign, Princeton went 23-6 overall and 12-2 in Ivy League play. It was the seventh straight year that the Tigers won at least 20 games. The women’s basketball team ranked in the top ten nationally in rebounding margin (third), defensive rebounds per game (fourth), rebounds per game (seventh) and scoring margin (seventh). The Tigers had three players named to the All-Ivy League teams, one of which, Annie Tarakchian, signed with the New York Liberty for their training camp roster.
No. 31 Isabella Alarie
6’ 4 – Guard/Forward – Bethesda, Md. – National Cathedral School
A 1,000 point scorer for the Eagles and two-time captain … Averaged over 28 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and recorded a double-double in every game during season season … 2015-16 Gatorade Player of the Year for the Washington D.C. area, Washington Post All-Met first team, DC State Athletic Association first team and McDonald’s All-American nominee following senior campaign … 2015 Tina Thompson She Got Game Classic MVP … 2014-15 USA Today First Team All-USA D.C. and DC State Athletic Association All-State second team … National Cathedral School MVP from 2014-16 along with the Coaches’ Award in 2013-14 … Team finished second in the Independent School League (ISL) State Tournament in 2015 and won the regular season ISL A Division title in 2012-13.
Personal - Daughter of Rene Augustine and Mark Alarie … Has two brothers, Christian and Alexander … Father, Mark played at Duke and was a two-time All-ACC first team selection … Mark was drafted in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft and played in the NBA for five seasons … Grandfather, Norman graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1957 and received his masters’ degree in 1959 … Norman was a professor at Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1997-99.
No. 22 Taylor Baur
6’2 – Forward - St. Louis, Mo. – MICDS
2016 Gatorade Player of the Year, American Family Insurance USA Today/All USA Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American nominee … Finished as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds (694), blocks (233), double-doubles, triple doubles despite missing junior season because of an ACL injury … Was a two-time captain … Scored 1,268 career points and finished with averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game … Missouri Basketball Coaches’ Association Class 4, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Metro League Conference Player of the Year following senior season … 2014 All-State, All-Conference, All-District first teams as well as All-Metro third team … All-Conference and All-District team as a freshman … Team was the 2015 and 2016 Missouri State Class Four Runner-Up during Baur’s time along with four straight district championships, three consecutive league championships …
Personal – Daughter of Laurie and Turner Baur ... Has two brothers, Trey and Griffin and one sister, Peyton … Brother, Trey plays baseball at Cornell … Father, Turner played football at Stanford from 1987-92 and then played for the New England Patriots in 1992 … Grandfather, Tee played soccer at North Carolina from 1964-68.
No. 11 Sara Lewis
6’3 Forward/Center – San Antonio, Texas – Ronald Reagan High School
Set the school record in career rebounds (1,274) and blocks (284) along with being a 1,000-point scorer (1,037) … Single-game record for rebounds (30) and blocks (10) … McDonald’s All-American nominee and TGCA All-Star game as a senior … Three-time All-District 26-6A … Two-time San Antonio Area Super Team, TABC class 6A All-Region … Team MVP during junior and senior seasons ... Captain of the team for three seasons … Team was the District 26-6A runner up in 2015-16 and Bi-District finalist … Was a member of the 2013-14 District 26-6A champion and 6A regional quarterfinalist.
Personal – Daughter of Katherine and Bruce Lewis … Has two sisters, Anna and Kate and one brother, Justin … Sister Kate, plays volleyball and basketball at Cal Tech … Mother, Katherine played volleyball at Southwestern University (1983-87) and was a first team All-American … Father, Bruce played basketball at Southwestern University (1983-87) … Great grandfather William J. Chapman graduated from Princeton in 1909 … Great uncle, John Lee Chapman, Jr. was a Princeton alum ’45.
No. 33 Jordan Stallworth
6’0 –Forward – Bulford, Ga. – Mountain View High School
Four-year varsity player and two-time captain at Mountain View High School … Became the first athlete in school history to play in the GHSA State Tournament all four years … Stellar senior season that include being named the Mountain View Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Naismith Tip-Off Club Honorable Mention, All-Region first team and Gwinnett Prep Sports County All-Star Team …2016 All-Region honorable mention … Team finished as high as the Elite Eight during Stallworth’s sophomore season … Helped team set break school record in wins (24) in 2015.
Personal – Daughter of Kelly Dougherty and Jay Stallworth … Has a sister, Jaron … Mother, Kelly was a member of Stanford’s national championship team in 1992 …. Kelly also won two Pac-10 titles at Stanford and went to the Final Four in 1991 … Kelly was a member of two SEC Tournament titles at Vanderbilt and went to the Final Four in 1993 … Father, Jay played football at Vanderbilt (1993-98).