McBride Nets 100th Career Victory|
January 12, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College head women's basketball coach and Syracuse, NY, native Billy McBride recorded his 100th career coaching victory with a 77-46 win over visiting Babson College on Thursday night. McBride's Lord Jeffs - who cracked the New England regional rankings at number-nine this week for the first time in two years - moved to 10-2 on the season, matching Amherst's best women's basketball record to start the season in school-history.
|Head Coach Billy McBride|
notched his 100th career win
Thursday night against Babson
The win improved McBride's eight-season career-record to 100-76 and was especially satisfying, as Babson entered Thursday's highly anticipated matchup as the top-ranked team in New England with a stellar 9-1 record.
"It was a great win because I had a young team with one senior against the top-ranked team in New England," said McBride, who also serves as an assistant football coach at Amherst. "To get your 100th victory in such a big game kind of numbs you. I just wanted our team to play well and we ended up with a wonderful surprise. When I look back, I'll remember the young ladies who brought me this great moment."
McBride came to Amherst in 1990 after a stint as athletic director and head basketball and football coach at the Allen Stevenson School in New York City. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers after a standout two-sport playing career at Tennessee State University, McBride played six years in the Canadian Football League and was an All-City and All-Upstate New York football and basketball player as a prep all-star at Central Tech (now Fowler High School) in Syracuse. He also led the Tennessee State basketball team to the NCAA Division II Final Four as a point guard in 1975.
With the Jeffs' New England Small College Athletic Conference opener just one week away, McBride will turn his attention towards Saturday's matchup at arch-rival Williams College, which opens a stretch of three consecutive Little III contests (an annual championship decided annually between Amherst, Williams and Wesleyan University).
With only two upperclassmen, Amherst has used a stellar inside/outside game to match their best-ever season start, led by first-year phenom Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA), the squadÕs leading scorer at 13.8 points per game. Russell, the reigning Division III New England Rookie of the Week, set a school record with seven three-pointers in the Jeffs' 71-44 rout of Coast Guard, and has averaged three long-range bombs per game to lead the Amherst attack.
McBride remains cautiously optimistic about his team's chances once the conference schedule kicks in to full gear.
"Our non-league schedule has propelled us to a belief that we can excel when the conference season starts," he added. "In retrospect, I think our two losses were actually good for us because they served as eye-openers as to what can happen. Our confidence right now is where any coach would want it to be."
Babson Game Summary and Release