Women's Basketball Earns ECAC Tournament Bid

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- With a 15-8 rherst women's basketball has earned the No. 6 seed in the 1997 ECAC Tournament. This is the team's second straight appearance in the post-season, finishing last year as ECAC Semifinalists. The Jeffs will travel to No. 3 Springfield for a Wednesday night meeting at 7:00pm.

The Jeffs got off to a rocky start before hitting the first of two four-game win-streaks to kick off the new year. With a young team, Amherst relies on the depth of its bench and talent of its players who continue to outscore and outrebound their opponents.

Amherst is led by sophomore forward Katie Hersey (Westford, MA), who averages 15.2 ppg and 9.5 rpg. The Jeff frontcourt is bolstered by 6-0 junior Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) and 5-10 freshman Naomi Sullivan who combine for 19.9 ppg and 12.6 rpg. Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA) leads the backcourt attack as the Career 3-Point Field Goal leader as just a sophomore, hitting 44 so far this season and 95 in her two years at Amherst.

1997 ECAC Championship Seeds and Pairings
(games played at higher seed on Wed 3/5)
No. 8 Rhode Island at No. 1 Colby
No. 7 Regis at No. 2 Bowdoin
No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Springfield
No. 5 Westfield State at No. 4 Middlebury