Russell Tabbed NEWBA Third-Team All-Star|
March 12, 2001
AMHERST, MA - After leading the Amherst College women's basketball team to a school-record 23 wins and a first-place finish in the final regular-season NESCAC standings, first-year shooting guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) was named a Third-Team Division III All-Star by the New England Women's Basketball Association earlier this week.
|Shannon Russell '04 shattered |
a single-season school
record with 70 three-pointers
In just her first season of college basketball, Russell led the Jeffs in scoring at 13.8 points per game and was the only Amherst player to average in double-figures. She also shattered a single-season school record with a conference-best 70 three-pointers-including a school-record seven trifectas in a 71-44 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Dec. 11-and shot a league-best 36 percent (70-for-196) from behind the three-point arc. Russell was one of three Amherst players tabbed Second-Team All-NESCAC, along with sophomores Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) and Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT).
Russell was a two-time NEWBA Rookie of the Week, winning the award most recently on Feb. 29 after helping the Jeffs lock up the top seed in the inaugural NESCAC Postseason Tournament with back-to-back stellar performances over Bowdoin and Colby Colleges. She also earned the award on Jan. 9 after torching Coast Guard for a career-high 24 points on the strength of her school-record seven three-pointers.
Amherst finished 23-5 overall and 8-1 in conference-play, earning the top-seed and hosting the first-ever NESCAC Postseason Tournament before bowing out unexpectedly to Bowdoin College, 54-41, in the championship game. After missing out on an at-large bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, Amherst accepted the top-seed and hosted the ECAC New England Championship, where it fell to Colby College, 80-64, in the semifinals.