The Midwest Collegiate Conference charts leaders in 13 statistical categories.

Ali Dolphin shows up in nine.

"She is everywhere," St. Ambrose Queen Bees teammate Jenny Clark said, describing Dolphin on a basketball floor as well as a box score.

The reigning MCC Player of the Year, the junior forward is making a strong case for a repeat coronation.

Dolphin leads the league in steals (3.65 per game) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.95). She ranks second in assists (4.88) and stands third in scoring (16.3), sixth in rebounding (8.0) and ninth in blocked shots (.71).

She also is in the top 10 in three other categories.

Little wonder Dolphin came within a rebound, two assists and two steals of a quadruple-double two weeks ago in La Crosse, Wis.

"I think it is a combination of things," coach Nathan Altenhofen said of Dolphin's versatility. "I think she is very comfortable in our system and recognizes she can contribute in a lot of different ways. And I think she has the basketball unselfishness to see how every little aspect is important to our success.

"You put those three things together, and I think you've got a gal who can do a lot of things in a box score."

Do-it-all Ali said her game is based on doing anything for her team.

"I just try to go out and hit the court hard every time and play for my teammates mostly," said the 5-foot-9 forward from Marshalltown, Iowa. "If that happens to lead to me grabbing an extra rebound or making an extra pass to my teammates, that's what I'm going to do."

Altenhofen said the smallish small forward's rebounding numbers are a tell-tale sign of what fuels her success.

"I'm kind of a firm believer that rebounds go to the kids with the most desire," he said. "That shows how her ticker is always going and how hungry she is for the ball.

"Whether it is making a play away from the ball or chasing down a rebound, she just has a constant energy that makes her successful."

Clark said Dolphin's abundant energy helps fuel the 21-7, 9-5 Queen Bees - "I think a lot of people on our team thrive on that," she said - but Dolphin's success is fueled by more than desire and hustle.

She is athletic, quick and talented, Altenhofen said.

"She has a unique intensity and quickness to her for this level," said the coach. "Usually a couple of urgent strides, and she is past you."

If there's a hole in her game, it is the perimeter jump shot.

Dolphin remains one of the few players in the Queen Bees lineup who isn't likely to launch a 3-ball. Lately, though, she has been relying on a pull-up jumper as defenders try to prevent her from slashing to the bucket.

Had Dolphin had a jump shot in high school, Altenhofen supposes, she might be playing at a higher level of collegiate ball.

As is, she is surprised by her SAU success.

"My freshman year, I was just hoping to make the varsity, and my dreams just blew up," she said. "I am ecstatic with everything that has happened."

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