AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women's basketball head coach G.P. Gromacki was named the D3hoops.com Coach of the Year, and Ali Doswell '17 earned D3hoops.com First Team All-American honors as recently announced by the organization.
A historic season for the No. 1/1 Amherst women's basketball team culminated in the program's second national title and the program's first-ever undefeated, 33-0 season. Gromacki, who was honored as the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National NCAA Division III Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, earned D3hoops.com Coach of the Year honors after earning the New England Region Coach of the Year praise earlier this month.
After pacing the Purple & White to a 24-0 regular season, a 10-0 ledger in NESCAC action, and the number one seed in the conference tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season, Gromacki led Amherst to its second straight NESCAC crown, and the program's seventh overall. Honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year, Gromacki's squad maintained its number one national ranking and garnered the top overall seed in the NCAA Division III Championship. Gromacki directed Amherst to First and Second Round wins over Regis (65-37) and Mary Washington (60-51), before the Purple & White dispatched Babson (63-39) and UMass Dartmouth (73-33) in the Sectionals.
Making his seventh trip to the NCAA Final Four since taking the reins in 2007-2008, Amherst took down Christopher Newport, 66-51 in the national semifinals setting up a highly anticipated matchup with league rival Tufts. Having beaten the Jumbos twice during the 2016-17 season, the Purple & White delivered a sensational performance in the first-ever championship game that featured two conference opponents in NCAA Division III men's or women's basketball. Amherst defeated its state rival, 52-29, holding Tufts to the fewest points allowed in a title game in Division III men's and women's basketball history.
Amherst was led by the WBCA NCAA Division III Player of the Year Ali Doswell who scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line. The Richmond, Va. native added five rebounds and four steals and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four.
A First Team All-NESCAC honoree and the D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year, Ali Doswell turned in a phenomenal senior campaign that saw her average a team-high 13.2 points per game, a 42.6 field goal percentage, a 36.7% clip from three-point range, and a tremendous 81.3 free throw percentage. She also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per contest, and 1.5 steals per outing. She concludes her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,572 points, and ranks in the program's top 10 in rebounds (8th) with 664 boards, and is sixth in assists (334). Ali Doswell also set the program's record for three-pointers made and capped her career with 273 treys.
Gromacki was also named SNA Sports/WDIII News 2017 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2011), while Ali Doswell earned First Team WDIII News All-American honors. Joining Gromacki and Ali Doswell are Meredith Doswell '17, a Second Team All-NESCAC selection and WDIII News Honorable Mention All-American, and NESCAC Rookie of the Year Madeline Eck '20 who was named to the WDIII All-Freshman Team.