HADLEY, Mass. – Two players from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball champions Amherst College have been named First Team All-Conference, while Head Coach G.P. Gromacki earned Coach of the Year Honors when the All-Conference teams were announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomores Madeline Eck and Hannah Fox were both voted by the conference coaches to the First Team. It is the first All-Conference selection for either of them, though Eck was the 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Gromacki is the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season.
Eck and Fox were 11th and 12th in the conference in scoring, with Eck scoring 12 points per game while also contributing 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Fox averaged 11.1 points per contest.
Eck was a 46.4% shooter from the field for the season, while Fox was the team's leading shooter from three-point range (35.9%).
The NESCAC Player of the Week for the championship weekend, Eck scored 17 points in the title game against Tufts University, going 5-9 from the floor and 2-2 from behind the three-point line. She excelled against the Jumbos this year, also scoring 20 points in the Mammoth's February 2nd victory over Tufts.
Fox scored in double-figures in 17 games this year, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Her highest scoring game came on New Year's Eve, when she poured in 23 points against Chapman as the Mammoths broke the NCAA Division 3 record for consecutive road wins.
Coach Gromacki has been named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season and the seventh time in his 10 years on the bench. Gromacki guided Amherst to its eighth overall NESCAC Championship and third straight title after posting a 10-0 league mark for the second consecutive season. Along the way, Gromacki reached the 300 career win plateau in his 11th year at Amherst.
By virtue of winning the conference crown, Amherst earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament where it is making its 11th consecutive appearance. The Mammoths (27-0) will host Becker College on Friday at 7:00 pm in the NCAA Division III women's basketball regionals.