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Russell Named NEWBA Third-Team All-Star
March 12 - First-year shooting guard Shannon Russell, who shattered a single-season school record with a conference-high 70 three-pointers, was named a Third-Team Division III All-Star by the New England Women's Basketball Association earlier this week. Full Story

McBride Tabbed Russell Athletic/WBCA District 1 Coach of the Year
March 9 - After leading his team to a school-record 23 wins and earning New England Small College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors, Amherst College head women's basketball coach Billy McBride was named the Russell Athletic District 1 Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association of America on Thursday. Full Story

Wellesley Knocks off Plymouth St., 73-62
March 3 - Senior Wellesley College co-captain Amy Barao (Norwell, MA) scored a game-high 22 points, and forward Kelly Grover added 12 rebounds, six blocks and five assists to her six points, as the Blue advanced to Sunday's ECAC championship game with a 73-62 victory over third-seeded Plymouth State College in the second Saturday semifinal at Amherst College. Shani Delaney added 16 points for Wellesley, who will face fifth-seeded Colby College in Sunday's 2:00 p.m. championship. Full Story

Colby Sinks W-Hoops in ECAC Semis, 80-64
March 3 - The fifth-seeded Colby College White Mules advanced to the ECAC championship game with an 80-64 victory over top-seeded Amherst College on Saturday afternoon. The Mules placed four players in double figures, led by 18 points from Katy Lawson and a 12-point, nine-rebound effort from sophomore Sarah Walsh. The Jeffs were led by Shannon Russell, who scored 23 points in the loss. Colby will face the winner of the Wellesley/Plymouth State semifinal in tomorrow's 2:00 p.m. title game at Amherst. Full Story

Jeffs Rack Up All-NESCAC Honors
March 2 - Thanks to the best women's season in school history and one of the best men's campaigns on record, the Amherst College basketball teams cleaned up in the post-season honors handed out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Tuesday, including a sweep of the men's and women's basketball Coach of the Year awards. Full Story

Top-Seeded Jeffs Set to Host ECAC's
March 2 - Thanks to an 84-48 victory over eighth-seeded Framingham State College on Wednesday night, Amherst will host the semifinals and finals of this weekend's ECAC New England Division III women's basketball championship. The Jeffs, who earned the top seed in the eight-team field, will host fifth-seeded Colby College in Saturday's first semifinal, while second-seeded Wellesley College and third-seeded Plymouth State College will meet in the nightcap. Full Story

W-Hoops Crushes Framingham, 84-48, in ECAC Quarters
February 28 - The Amherst College women's basketball team exploded for a season-high 84 points on Wednesday night, with all 12 players scoring for the first time all year, as the top-seeded Jeffs mauled eighth-seeded Framingham State College in the ECAC Quarterfinals. First-year guard Shannon Russell led all scorers with 15 points, while sophomore forward Brooke Diamond pulled down a game and career-high 11 rebounds in the win. Amherst advances to Saturday's ECAC semifinals, where they will host fifth-seeded Colby College at 2:00. Full Story

W-Hoops Receives Top Seed in ECACs, Hosts Framingham on Wednesday
February 26 - After narrowly missing out on a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid, the women's basketball team, which has already set a school-record for wins this season with 22, earned the top seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament, with quarterfinal play set for Wednesday night. There, the Jeffs will see a familiar face in the Framingham State College Rams, who Amherst knocked off in an 80-63 final in Framingham on January 6. Full Story

Bowdoin Downs W-Hoops in NESCAC Title Game, 54-41
February 24 - Bowdoin College first-year Lora Trenkle (Surry, ME) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the third-seeded Polar Bears to a 54-41 victory at top-seeded Amherst in Saturday night's NESCAC women's basketball championship game. The Jeffs, who were led by Sara Bozorg's 15 points, were in the game throughout, but Bowdoin's timely shots down the stretch never allowed the Jeffs to draw even. The Polar Bears lock up the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while Amherst is left on the bubble for an at-large bid to the 50-team field. Full Story

Bowdoin Defeats Colby in Second NESCAC Semifinal, 73-61
February 23 - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team used a 16-4 run late in the second half, with 14 of the 16 points coming from the foul line, to defeat Colby College, 73-61, in the second of Friday's NESCAC Tournament semifinals. First-year guard Lora Trenkle (Surry, ME) scored a game-high 22 points for the third-seeded Polar Bears, including an 11-12 performance from the charity stripe. Full Story

Jeffs Advance to NESCAC Title Game With 57-53 win over Bates
February 23 - After weathering a game-opening 16-0 run by fourth-seeded Bates College in Friday night's NESCAC Women's Basketball semifinals, top-seeded Amherst College rallied to knock off the Bobcats, 57-53. With the win, the Jeffs advance to Saturday night's NESCAC Championship game, where they will face third-seeded Bowdoin College, 73-61 victors over second-seeded Colby College in Friday's nightcap. Full Story

W-Hoops to Host First-Ever NESCAC Semifinals and Finals
February 21 - With all three of the higher seeds avoiding the upset bug in Tuesday night's quarterfinals, the semifinals of the inaugural New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Basketball Tournament will feature three Maine schools and host Amherst College. The top-seeded Jeffs, who received a first-round bye after finishing the regular season with an 8-1 conference mark, host fourth-seeded Bates College, while second-seeded Colby College battles third-seeded Bowdoin College in the nightcap on Friday evening. Full Story

Russell Picks Up NEWBA Rookie, NESCAC Player of the Week
February 20 - After being named the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday, first-year Amherst College guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) was named the New England Women's Basketball Association Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, the second time this season she picked up the regional honor. Russell, who also received NEWBA Rookie of the Week honors on January 9, helped the Jeffs lock up the top seed in this week's NESCAC tournament with back-to-back stellar performances in victories over Bowdoin and Colby Colleges last weekend. Full Story

Jeffs Knock off Colby, 71-59, to Claim Top Seed in NESCACs
February 17 - First-year Amherst College guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) scored the first 10 points of the game as part of a game-opening 26-4 Amherst run, before finishing with a career-high 28 points as the host Jeffs knocked off visiting Colby College in Saturday afternoon's regular-season finale, locking up the number-one seed-and the first-round bye that goes along with it-in next week's first-ever NESCAC conference tournament. Full Story

Russell, Walker Lead Jeffs Past Bowdoin, 50-44
February 16 - First-year Amherst guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the first half, before calmly sinking both ends of a two-shot foul with 26.9 seconds left to help the Jeffs ice a critical 50-44 NESCAC victory over visiting Bowdoin College on Friday night. Sophomore Jeff forward Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) pulled down two of her game-high 14 rebounds in the final 8.9 seconds, as the Jeffs reached the 20-win plateau for only the second time in school history. Full Story

Men's and Women's Basketball Set for Dramatic Final Weekend
February 14 - With only this weekend's two NESCAC games against Bowdoin and Colby Colleges remaining on their regular season schedules, the Amherst College men's and women's basketball teams are both in good position for bids to the first-ever conference tournaments in the two sports, with both squads still alive for the top-seed-and a first-round bye-in the seven-team field. Full Story

Second-Half Surge Helps W-Hoops Cruise Past Connecticut College
February 10 - First-year Amherst College guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) scored 17 of her team-high 20 points after halftime, helping the visiting Jeffs break open what had been a two-point game at halftime en route to a 71-56 victory at NESCAC-foe Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon. Full Story

Jeffs Mount Dramatic Rally to Defeat Wesleyan, Capture Little III Title
February 9 - The Amherst College women's basketball team outscored host Wesleyan University 12-2 in the final 3:44 of play to hang on for a dramatic 58-55 victory over the Cardinals in a key NESCAC pairing on Friday night. With the win, Amherst's 11th in its last 12 games, the Jeffs lock up their second outright Little III title in as many years, breaking the record set by 1987-88 squad for best-ever record through 21 games in the process. Full Story

Bergman Named New England Division III W-Hoops Rookie of the Week
February 6 - After earning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honors for her role in a pair of wins over New England and Trinity Colleges last weekend, Amherst College first-year forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) was named the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Division III Player of the Week on Tuesday. Full Story

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