Jackie Renner (6'0''-F) matched a game-high with 14 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists in top-ranked Amhersts 66-45 non-conference road win against Eastern Connecticut State.
Improving to 7-0 on the season, the Jeffs have won their last four meetings against the Warriors, while ECSU fell to 4-3 on the year.
Up one after a Lauren Kelleher free-throw at 18:10, Lem Atanga McCormick drained a three on the left wing to extend the Amherst lead to 7-3. After an ECSU turnover, Renner drove the lane for two before a Shannon Finucane trey from the right side staked the Jeffs to a 12-3 advantage.
Trying to help the home team keep pace, Kelleher drew a foul on the Warriors next possession, going 2-for-2 from the line to trim the margin to seven. Renner responded with a three from the top of the circle to give Amherst its first double-digit lead.
Driving the baseline with just under 13 and a half to go in the first, Renner kicked it out to Finucane for another Lord Jeff triple before a Kristina Forsman jumper from the left elbow ended a 6:40 ECSU field-goal drought.
After two Piper Chapman free-throws and a Blodgett basket made it 18-11, the Warriors cut the deficit to just four on a Forsman triple. Looking to regain the momentum co-captain Kim Fiorentinobeat her defender, dishing it to an open Megan Robertson for two before an Atanga McCormick bucket pushed the Jeff lead back up to eight with 9:21 on the clock.
With both squads settling in defensively neither team managed to add to its tally during the next five minutes before a Fiorentino block led to the games first fastbreak points, ending the scoreless streak. Bridget Crowley and Renner kept things rolling with consecutive layups making it 28-14 before four consecutive Chapman points pulled the Warriors back within 10 at 2:21.
Getting a big defensive stop with under 30 seconds to play in the half, Blodgett drove to her right before pulling up for a jumper just inside the free-throw line, slicing the Lord Jeff lead to 30-22 heading into the intermission.
Continuing to go on the offensive to start the second, Chapman connected on a bucket down low, bringing ECSU within six. After Fiorentino split a pair from the charity stripe, first-year Taylor McBride dove into the lane, laying it in to make it 31-26.
With under 17 to go, a hustling Robertson followed up a Caroline Stedman misfire with a putback for the Jeffs first field-goal of the frame. Bringing the ball down with just 15 and a half left, Fiorentino found Stedman spotted up on the left wing, allowing the senior to dial it in from long distance, upping the Lord Jeff cushion to 36-26.
ECSU responded with six consecutive points, paring the deficit to four at 12:43 on a Chapman basket but Stedman answered with a turnaround jumper in the lane, stemming the surging Warriors tide. Looking to extend the Amherst margin, Fiorentino again found Stedman with a cross-court pass for the Jeffs seventh three of the night.
After a Forsman layup at 10:35, Renner netted the games next five points to help Amherst build a 46-34 edge. Still up 12 with just four minutes remaining, Stedman went coast-to-coast after a Crowley block before Marcia Voigt converted a three-point play the old fashioned way to make it 55-38.
Stedman capped off the Jeffs decisive 21-6 run in a 9:21 second half span with a layup at 3:22 putting Amherst up 19 before McBride netted the Warriors first points in just two minutes, ending a string of seven consecutive Amherst scores.
Stedman finished with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while Robertson added 10 points and nine rebounds. Voigt and Atanga McCormick combined for 15 points while Finucane chipped in with six. Fiorentino added a career-high 10 rebounds in the win. As a team, Amherst shot 25-for-60 (41.7 percent) from the field and 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range.
Chapman led an ESCU side that shot just 16-for-54 (29.6 percent) from the floor and 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from behind the arc with 14 points and 10 boards, while Blodgett added 10 points and eight rebounds.
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Principia suspends women's program - 8 days ago
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Citing the lack of a head coach, lack of student interest and lack of prospects for success, Principia College announced that it is suspending its women's basketball basketball program effective immediately. In a written statement on the school's website, Director of Athletics Dr. Lee Ellis wrote: "For some time now we have been evaluating our programs, including women's basketball, as part of a larger discussion about how to reconsider, repurpose, and potentially restructure our athletic... [read more]
Citing the lack of a head coach, lack of student interest and lack of prospects for success, Principia College announced that it is suspending its women's basketball basketball program effective immediately. In a written statement on the school's website, Director of Athletics Dr. Lee Ellis wrote: "For some time now we have been evaluating our programs, including women's basketball, as part of a larger discussion about how to reconsider, repurpose, and potentially restructure our athletics offerings in response to the changing landscape of college sports. We are very aware that each one of the 18 varsity programs Principia College currently sponsors has value to the individuals who participate, and our goal continues to be discerning the right mix of sports to offer our community in order to bring the about the greatest good. Within the last year, we introduced beach volleyball, made a significant investment in our track and field program, and are preparing to host the 2017 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships. The coaching vacancy in women's basketball, declining level of student interest, and prospects for the program's success precipitated the Athletics Department's recommendation to the College administration that we suspend the program. Principia College is committed to providing its student-athletes with a vigorous physical activity curriculum that encourages spiritual growth and character development, creates opportunities to learn and master new skills, and provides a forum for achieving competitive excellence. The head coaching position was vacated when Nicole "Collie" Bushong announced at the team's end-of-season banquet that she was leaving to pursue other endeavors. A graduate of Principia, Bushong went 28-89 in five seasons with the Panthers. Principia used eight players last season, with one senior on its roster. Despite the large number and wide variety of institutions competing in Division III basketball, it is rare that programs are suspended or discontinued. Polytechnic University merged its athletic program with New York University at the end of the 2013-14 season when it became NYU's school of engineering. Spelman discontinued intercollegiate athletics after the 2012-2013 season and New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) made a similar move in 2011. SUNY Maritime suspended its women's basketball program in July 2007, citing financial constraints and low participation. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Colby names Brady assistant women's basketball coach - 14 days ago
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Shannon Brady (6'0''-F), an All-American and a New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is a new assistant coach for the Colby College women's basketball program. Brady, a 2016 Bowdoin College graduate, helped the Polar Bears to three straight NCAA appearances from 2014 to 2016. "Shannon's experience as both a top player and student in the NESCAC allows her to understand the dedication that our student-athletes commit themselves to everyday," said Brittany Gaetano... [read more]
Shannon Brady (6'0''-F), an All-American and a New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is a new assistant coach for the Colby College women's basketball program. Brady, a 2016 Bowdoin College graduate, helped the Polar Bears to three straight NCAA appearances from 2014 to 2016. "Shannon's experience as both a top player and student in the NESCAC allows her to understand the dedication that our student-athletes commit themselves to everyday," said Brittany Gaetano , Colby's first-year head coach. "I am confident that Shannon's character, coupled with her enthusiasm for helping others reach their potential, will have a very positive impact on the success of our student-athletes, both on and off the court." Brady, a native of Scituate, Mass., was a three-time all-conference selection after earning NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. She was on the first team her final two years after making the second team as a sophomore. Brady was NESCAC Co-Player of the Year as a senior. Brady earned Bowdoin's Annie Dane Trophy for Outstanding Leadership. She was the senior varsity woman athlete who best exemplified the highest qualities of character, courage, and commitment to team play. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Colby names Gaetano head coach of women's basketball - 2 months ago
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Brittany Gaetano, head coach at Drew University since 2010 and a former assistant at Amherst College, is the new head coach of the Colby College women's basketball program. A four-year starter during her playing days at St. Lawrence University, Gaetano starts at Colby on August 1. "We are thrilled to have Brittany joining us to lead our women's basketball program. We were all very impressed with her as a person and as a coach," said Tim Wheaton, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. [read more]
Brittany Gaetano, head coach at Drew University since 2010 and a former assistant at Amherst College, is the new head coach of the Colby College women's basketball program. A four-year starter during her playing days at St. Lawrence University, Gaetano starts at Colby on August 1. "We are thrilled to have Brittany joining us to lead our women's basketball program. We were all very impressed with her as a person and as a coach," said Tim Wheaton, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "Her personality and character coupled with her experience as a top NESCAC assistant and as a Division III head coach have her well prepared to lead the program forward." Colby finished 15-11 last year and made the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. The Mules return 11 players, but lost three starters to graduation. "I knew Colby was a special place as soon as I got on campus," Gaetano said. "There is a great sense of community, and I felt an energy and excitement from everyone that was really contagious." Gaetano played her first year at St. Lawrence under current Amherst women's basketball coach G.P. Gromacki. She helped the Saints go 78-27 in her four years, was a three-time Liberty League All-Conference Team selection, and a three-time conference all-academic team honoree. A 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence, Gaetano's first job was with Gromacki in his first year at Amherst. The Purple & White went 88-8 in Gaetano's three years, had three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, went to the NCAA Final Four twice, and won two NESCAC titles. "I am incredibly grateful for all the past basketball experiences I have been afforded," said Gaetano, who earned her master's degree at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. "I'm extremely excited to be back in the NESCAC and coach the highly driven student-athletes that Colby attracts." Drew gave Gaetano her first opportunity as a head coach, and she helped the 2013-14 team earn the most conference wins since the school moved to the Landmark Conference. She went 61-90 in six seasons with the Rangers, who will now conduct a search to fill their coaching vacancy. At Drew she was active on and off the court, representing Drew at the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Forum in April 2016. Gaetano also earned the Drew Civic Engagement Staff Leadership Award (2013), The Arc of New Jersey Distinguished Community Service Award (2012), and the Arc/Morris Best Friend Award (2012). Arc/Morris is an organization dedicated to the care, support, and advancement of people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families. Gaetano was the founder and lead instructor for Leadership in Physical Fitness with Arc/Morris. She also was the lead advisor for Drew Unified Sports, which organized weekly practices and competitions in which Drew students and Special Olympic athletes compete together on the same playing field. "I took a similar class as a student at St. Lawrence and decided to implement it with my team at Drew. The positive effect it had on all of us was profound," Gaetano said. "It's one of the things I will miss most, and I am hopeful to start something like this at Colby." Gaetano replaces Jullie Veilleux who 65-60 in five seasons with the White Mules. The Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported in May that Veilleux was leaving coaching for a job in the private sector. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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