Women's Basketball Dominates
Issue   |   Thu, 05/19/2016 - 19:13
Amherst Athletics

Women’s basketball continued to impress under the leadership of NESCAC coach of the year G.P. Gromacki, who improved his outstanding record to 262-24 over nine seasons at Amherst. The women finished 30-2 on the year, 9-1 in conference and made yet another NCAA postseason run, falling only in the Final Four round to a talented Thomas More squad. The women dominated in regular season play, winning by margins of up to 58 points — they won their first game of the season against Albert Magnus 97-39. The 42.6 percentshooting team averaged 69.3 points per game and impressed with their outside game, shooting 33.1 percent from behind the arc. Defense is where the purple and white truly excelled, however, as their opponent point per game average of 42.9 ranked first nationally.

Standouts from the successful season included junior Ali Dowell, who was named fourth team D3hoops All-American for her 14.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds, at a 42.2 percent from the field. Along with her, senior Marley Giddins garnered second-team all-NESCAC despite being limited to just 18 games following a season-ending injury in late January. Giddins averaged 11.8 points, and 5.3 boards per contest, and hit a sensational 72.8% of her shots from the floor. Hannah Hackley came up big for the women in their final game against Thomas More, her 19 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots earned her a Final Four All-Tournament team nomination. The young squad looks to return to postseason action next year, losing only three seniors.