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Shannon Russell '04
Russell is on pace to eclipse the College's career scoring record next season.

Russell Tabbed Second-Team All-NESCAC

March 5, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College women’s basketball player Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) was named Second-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Wednesday, as selected by the league’s head coaches. The 5’ 7” junior shooting guard led the NESCAC and finished 23rd in the nation in three-pointers made per game (2.8). She was also third in the conference in scoring (16.1 ppg), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.338) and, despite her diminutive stature, finished ninth in the NESCAC in blocked shots per game (0.88).

Russell earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the period ending December 15th after draining five of seven three-point attempts en route to a game-high 23 points in a 68-52 victory over visiting Coast Guard. She later scored her 1,000th career point in a 68-46 win over Springfield College and is currently sixth on Amherst’s all-time scoring list with 1,057 career points. The College’s career scoring record of 1,413 points, held by Liz Garner ’89, should be well within reach next season.

Russell experienced similar success as a sophomore, finishing fourth in the NESCAC in three-point field goal percentage (33.0%), 10th in scoring (12.3 ppg) and 15th in the nation in three-point field goals per game (2.7). She also hit a school-record eight three-pointers in a loss at Clark University and earned Tournament MVP honors at the Goombay Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas, after leading the Jeffs with 15 and 14 points, respectively, in a pair of wins over Colby-Sawyer College.

2002-03 NESCAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM
Carla Flaherty (Sr. - guard) Bates
Kristi Royer (Sr. - forward) Bowdoin
Kate Stumpo (Sr. - guard) Williams
Lora Trenkle (Jr. - guard) Bowdoin
Sarah Walsh (Sr. - center) Colby

SECOND TEAM
Bianca Belcher (Sr. - guard) Colby
Shaleen Bowman (Sr. - guard) Wesleyan
Kristin Hanley (Sr. - guard) Middlebury
Shannon Russell (Jr. - guard) Amherst
Melissa Skeffington (Sr. - guard) Williams
Olivia Zurek (So. - forward) Bates

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Walsh (Sr. - center) Colby

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kerri McMahon (So. - guard) Williams

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jessica Powers (Fr. - guard) Tufts

COACH OF THE YEAR
Kate Mullen - Wesleyan