Team of the Year: Women's Basketball Wins National Championship
Issue   |   Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:22
Amherst Athletics

The women’s basketball team was flawless in the 2016-2017 season, finishing with a 33-0 record for the first undefeated season in program history and their second National Championship. Throughout the season, the Mammoths found their most challenging competitor in NESCAC rival Tufts, whom they defeated three times over the campaign in regular season play, the NESCAC Championship game and the National Championship game.

The Mammoths had the best defense in the nation, ranking No. 1 in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense, and, for the first time in Division III championship history, limited a team to as few as 29 points.

An excellent senior class of Ali and Meredith Doswell and Jaimie Renner led the Mammoths. Ali Doswell paced the team in scoring with an average of 13.2 points a game. She was the NCAA National Division III Player of the Year and leaves Amherst as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 1,572 points. She also won NESCAC Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in addition to nominations for the 2017 DIII Honda Athlete of the Year and the Jostens Trophy, among other honors.

Meredith Doswell was named Second Team All-NESCAC and to the NCAA Tournament team, and Madeline Eck ’20 was named to the WDIII All-Freshmen Team and garnered NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. Sophomore transfer Emma McCarthy played an integral role in the team’s success and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors. Coach G.P. Gromacki was named the WBCA National Coach of the Year for the second time and the NESCAC Coach of the Year as well.