Caroline Stedman '12 Named NESCAC Player of the Week
AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference named Amherst College sophomore sensation Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week this afternoon. Stedman earned the first weekly honor of her young career for her role during a pair of conference wins at Bowdoin and Colby over the weekend to improve Amherst’s record to 19-0 (5-0 NESCAC).
On Friday night, Amherst topped No. 18 Bowdoin College 72-63 at Morrell Gymnasium. Stedman scored a career-high 21 points in the win, adding six rebounds and five assists. The following afternoon, Stedman upped her career high, scoring 26 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and a block in an 84-63 win at Colby.
After the explosive weekend, Stedman leads Amherst in scoring on the season with 11.8 points per game, while also leading the team in steals (43), three-pointers (36) and minutes played per game (25.7). After three weeks of conference play, Stedman leads the NESCAC in conference scoring (17.8 ppg). During her five conference games, Stedman has made 30-of-60 field goal attempts, and leads the NESCAC with 15 three-point field goals made.
Stedman has been a crucial part of Amherst’s recent emergence as a national power, and has made a quantum leap on the court this season. After averaging just 2.2 points per game as a rookie last season, Stedman has played her way into the starting lineup and is a major reason the Lord Jeffs are 19-0.
While Stedman has established new career highs recently, Amherst as a team has been rewriting the program record books as well. At 19-0, Amherst has set new program records for best start to a season and longest win streak. Amherst also won at Bowdoin for the first time in program history, having lost each of the previous nine times the two teams played in Brunswick, Maine. With previously-top-ranked Illinois Wesleyan falling to No. 20 Carthage over the weekend, Amherst has earned the top spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll for the first time in program history.
Stedman and the Lord Jeffs have only five games standing between them and a perfect regular season. The closest an Amherst basketball team has ever been to an undefeated regular season was the 2007 National Championship men’s basketball team that went 23-1 with a loss in the final game of the regular season.