Atlanta Dream center Alison Bales has announced her retirement from the WNBA to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician.
Dream 95, Mystics 73
After being cut in 2009, Alison Bales returned to school to pursue a career in medicine. But it wasn't long before she missed hoops, and now she's in the best shape of her career, back in basketball and fighting for a WNBA title.
Brittney Griner of Baylor set the NCAA tournament record for most blocks with her fifth blocked shot against Duke.
Scholanda Robinson scored a career-high 17 points to lift the Monarchs to their fifth straight victory, a 79-66 win over the Dream.
Duke returns plenty of talent and depth. But a new coach and a new system mean the Blue Devils must develop a new identity this season, as well.
Yes, Alison Bales is 6 feet, 7 inches tall. But who she is and how she became comfortable with her size are much more intriguing than how tall the Duke senior stands.
Compared to the kind of melodic hoops Duke often plays, Tuesday's win was pretty ugly, save for Carrem Gay coming up big on a night when the Blue Devils' stars were subpar.
Sunday was definitely a fired-up and feel-good night for all the No. 1 seeds, but especially for Duke, as Abby Waner dropped in 26 points and started swatting shots like she was Alison Bales.
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No. 1 Duke 79, Virginia 58
Alison Bales, the player largest in stature on court, was also the one who came up big time and again as Duke wrapped up a perfect 29-0 regular season with a win over North Carolina on Sunday.
Alison Bales had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke pulled away late to beat No. 4 North Carolina 67-62 and finish the first unbeaten regular season in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
Duke's Alison Bales and Lindsey Harding are among the 10 finalists for the 2006-07 Senior CLASS award.
Alison Bales scored 15 of her season-high 21 points in the first half and No. 1 Duke routed Clemson 105-53 on Monday night to remain perfect entering its showdown with No. 2 North Carolina.
Alison Bales scored 15 points to help top-ranked Duke remain undefeated with a 73-60 victory over Florida State.