HADLEY, Mass. – The Amherst College women's basketball team had four members garner All-NESCAC accolades as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Ali Doswell '17, 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year, and Meredith Doswell '17 were both named First Team All-NESCAC, while Madeline Eck '20 was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Head coach G.P. Gromacki was also recognized as the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Ali Doswell earned her second straight First Team All-NESCAC mention, and fourth overall, having been named Second Team All-NESCAC in 2014 and 2015. Also recognized as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2014, Ali Doswell bookended her tremendous career with league player of the year honors after helping Amherst to a perfect 10-0 record in the NESCAC, a second straight conference crown, and seventh league championship for the program overall.
Ali Doswell averaged 12.4 points per game against NESCAC competition this season and also pulled in 4.8 rebounds and dished out 2.6 assists per game. A prolific scorer, Ali Doswell scored in double figures in eight of 10 conference games including 17 points in a thrilling, 36-35 win over Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Having now scored 1,487 points, the Richmond, Va. native ranks as the program's all-time leading scorer, and is also the team's leader in three-pointers made with 259 career treys. Ali Doswell is the third Amherst player to be recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Year, joining Caroline Stedman (2010 and 2012) and Jackie Daigneault (2011).
Sister Meredith Doswell was also named a First Team All-NESCAC selection after averaging 10.2 and 6.0 rebounds per game against the NESCAC. A force on both ends of the floor, Meredith Doswell registered a pair of double-doubles during the season and scored in double digits in four games. She also blocked three shots in two league games this season helping cement the Purple & White as one of the nation's top defenses.
Eck is the sixth Amherst player to win NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, joining Matia Kostakis (2005), Samantha Swensen (2007), Marcia Voigt (2010), Megan Robertson (2012), and Ali Doswell (2014). Eck averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in nine conference games played in 2016-17. She scored in double digits five times during the year, including a 14-point effort in a 66-45 win at Bowdoin College. She also collected six rebounds in wins against Conn. College and Colby College.
Gromacki – now in his 10th season at the helm – has been named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and sixth time in his career. Gromacki guided Amherst to its seventh overall NESCAC Championship and second straight title after posting a 10-0 league mark en route to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship. The Purple & White are unbeaten this season with a 27-0 mark.
The Amherst women's basketball, ranked number one in the nation in both the D3hoops.com and WBCA Coaches polls, opens NCAA Division III Championship action this weekend when it hosts Regis College at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium in first round action on Friday, March 3.