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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Colby names Gaetano head coach of women's basketball - 1 month 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
Stevens Point Names Alverno's Duckworth New AD - 2 months ago
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Brad Duckworth, director of athletics and head basketball coach at Alverno College the past nine seasons and golf coach the past three, has announced that he is leaving the Inferno to become the new director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. "Brad is a phenomenal athletic director, and UWSP is fortunate to have him, just as we have been," said Mary Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. During his nine years at Alverno, Duckworth expanded the athletics progr... [read more]
Brad Duckworth, director of athletics and head basketball coach at Alverno College the past nine seasons and golf coach the past three, has announced that he is leaving the Inferno to become the new director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. "Brad is a phenomenal athletic director, and UWSP is fortunate to have him, just as we have been," said Mary Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. During his nine years at Alverno, Duckworth expanded the athletics program by adding two intercollegiate sports -- tennis in 2009 and golf in 2013 -- and was integral in the formation of the Alverno Athletics Hall of Fame, the Alverno A-Club and the annual Alverno Inferno Golf Outing fundraiser. "The administration has always had a shared vision and has understood the importance that athletics plays on our campus, that will certainly not change," said Duckworth. "Mary Meehan has been so much more that a president, she has been a teammate, and her leadership has been paramount to all of our successes." The department was a six-time community service award recipient for the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Cans Across the Conference annual food drive, and Alverno was honored with the NACC Sportsmanship Award three times during his tenure. "I have been so blessed to work with the best athletics team in the NCAA," added Duckworth. "Since I started here, I have always been in awe with the dedication and commitment everyone has had to make Alverno athletics great. I will certainly miss the friendships but I am positive that the department is set up for great things because of the outstanding staff." The Inferno basketball team won 103 games with Duckworth at the helm, making him the all-time winningest coach in program history. He led the team to its best finish in school history in 2014, posting a 19-9 record, including a 14-6 mark in the NACC. The victories, both overall and conference, broke school records for most in a season, surpassing the record marks his Inferno squad set in 2013. The team qualified for the NACC women's basketball tournament for the third time in school history and advanced to the 2014 tournament championship game with a pair of overtime victories in the first two rounds. "I continue to stand in awe of the amazing women that have played here in the last nine years. Having watched them grow from high school students to strong women has been amazing. I will forever be indebted to them." Duckworth, who received his MBA from Alverno, currently chairs the NCAA National Women's Basketball Rules Committee and is the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Central Region chair. He will continue his duties at Alverno until June 30, while a national search to fill the position begins. "The entire Alverno community has been home to me and I am so proud to be an alum. There will always be a part of my heart here." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Chuck Winkelman named Calvin women's basketball coach - 3 months ago
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Chuck Winkelman has been named the new women's basketball coach at Calvin College, becoming the college's seventh head coach since women's basketball became an MIAA sport for the 1978-79 academic year. He takes over for John Ross who stepped down from the position in March 2016 to focus on his duties as Calvin's men's tennis coach and as an associate professor in Calvin's Kinesiology Department [read more]
Chuck Winkelman has been named the new women's basketball coach at Calvin College, becoming the college's seventh head coach since women's basketball became an MIAA sport for the 1978-79 academic year. He takes over for John Ross who stepped down from the position in March 2016 to focus on his duties as Calvin's men's tennis coach and as an associate professor in Calvin's Kinesiology Department. "We are thrilled and excited to announce Chuck Winkelman as our head women's basketball coach," said Calvin co-director of athletics Dr. Nancy Meyer. "We feel blessed to have someone with his proven experience and credentials come aboard. We have had 13 wonderful years with John Ross as our head coach and I have no doubt that Chuck Winkelman will continue the outstanding tradition of Calvin women's basketball as our new head coach." Calvin co-director of athletics Dr. Jim Timmer echoed the thoughts of Meyer. "We can't wait for Chuck Winkelman to get started and we are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming season and the years ahead," said Timmer. "One of the things that stood out to us with Chuck during the interview process was his ability to integrate his Christian faith into his role as a head coach. He will be a strong servant-leader with our women's basketball program and an terrific addition to our athletic department." Winkelman comes to Calvin after spending the previous six years as head women's basketball coach at Millsaps College in Mississippi. At Calvin he takes over a program that has captured 15 MIAA regular season championships, earned 17 trips to the NCAA III Tournament and advanced to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA III Tournament four times. Calvin's 2015-16 team posted an overall record of 20-6 and finished second in the MIAA regular season standings with a 14-2 conference mark. "One of the things that drew me to Calvin is that the school is an intentionally Christian college that places a high value on academic excellence," said Winkelman. "From an athletics standpoint, I think that Calvin is a place where we can pursue the ultimate prize in competing for national championships in women's basketball. It's a place that is close to my Midwest roots and upbringing, a culture that I am very comfortable with. My family and I are embracing this new adventure together. We are looking forward to becoming part of the Calvin community and the greater Grand Rapids community in the days ahead." A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Winkelman brings 15 years of head collegiate basketball coaching experience with him to Calvin with a combined career won-loss record of 278-119 for a winning percentage of .700. Winkelman began his collegiate coaching career at Division III Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. In nine years at Hendrix, Winkelman compiled a won-loss record of 168-66 that included three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA III Tournament. He was named the Division III South Region Coach of the Year in 1997. He then spent four years teaching and coaching at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, and followed with two years as a teacher and coach at Little Rock Christian Academy. He returned to collegiate coaching in May of 2010 when he was hired as the head women's basketball coach at Millsaps College. In six years at Millsaps, he compiled a won-loss record of 110-53 that included three Southern Athletic Association regular season titles. In his first year at Millsaps, he led the Majors to a 12-13 record, one year after the school had posted a 1-24 mark. For his efforts, he was named the 2011 co-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year along with DePauw University head coach Kris Huffman. The award came prior to DePauw leaving the SCAC and the league's renaming to the SAA. In 2012, he was named the D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year after leading Millsaps to a 22-6 record and an appearance in the SAA Tournament Championship game. In 2015, he was named the Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Collectively as a head women's basketball coach at Hendrix and Millsaps, Winkelman has coached three Division III All-Americans. Winkelman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and later received a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Administration from the University of North Texas (Denton, TX). At Hamline, Winkelman was a varsity letterwinner in football and was a member of the men's varsity basketball program in different capacities as a student-athlete and student-coach. During the summer of 2015, Winkelman attended the Center for Coaching Excellence (by invitation only), an initiative supported by the WBCA and the NCAA, along with 35 other Head Coaches from around the country serving at all levels of college basketball. Winkelman is also an Impact Player Development Specialist, completing the necessary courses of study during the summer of 2015. Winkelman and his wife Denise have three daughters, Callie, Addie, and Millie. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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