The Amherst women’s basketball won the Division III National Championship on March 17. The team posted four consecutive double-digit wins on their way to a 33-0 record, the program’s first undefeated season.
Ali Doswell ’17 was named Women’s Basketball College Association (WBCA) Division III Player of the Year and a D3hoops.com First Team All-American. After picking up NESCAC Coach of the Year honors the week prior, coach G.P. Gromacki was named both the Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coach of the Year and D3hoops.com Coach of the Year.
The Amherst women’s basketball team advanced to the third round of the Division III national tournament with two victories in LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday, March 3.
Entering the tournament undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country, Amherst swept aside Regis College 65-37 in Friday’s first round. The team then defeated No. 22 Mary Washington, 60-51, on Saturday.
Against Regis College, Amherst played solid defense right off the bat, allowing their opponents to only score two points in the opening quarter.
For the second straight season, the Amherst women’s basketball team won the NESCAC championship.
The purple and white hosted fifth-seeded Colby in Lefrak Gymnasium for the conference semifinals on Saturday. Colby’s only lead of the game came early on in the back and forth first five minutes of the game.
Saturday marked the beginning of the NESCAC women’s basketball championships. Amherst entered the game as the top seed in the tournament. The purple and white hosted eighth-seeded Bates in Lefrak Gymnasium just minutes after the Amherst men were upset by Williams in their first-round matchup. The last time the Bates and Amherst women met, several weeks ago, the purple and white beat the Bobcats 75-37.
The Amherst women’s basketball team had a successful week, competing as the top- ranked team in the nation during the last week of regular season play.
After a pair of tough road matchups the previous weekend, the purple and white hosted games on both Friday and Saturday in Lefrak Gymnasium.
On Friday night, Amherst hosted conference foe Middlebury. The game seemed evenly matched in the first few minutes.
At the end of the quarter, Amherst held a slight 11-7 lead courtesy of three pointers by Meghan Sullivan ’19 and Meredith Doswell ’17.
The Amherst women’s basketball team had a perfect six-week stretch over interterm. The team showed off their dominating offense, beating all of their opponents by at least 15 points, and bringing the team’s record to an impressive 17-0.
The women played their last official game of the first semester on Dec. 13, capping off the first half of the season with a strong win against Bridgewater State. Ali Doswell ’17 led the team with a game-high of 16 points. It was a great overall team effort, with 30 of the team’s points coming from bench players. The final score was 71-45.