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Stedman and Gromacki Earn WBCA All-Region Honors

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ATLANTA, GA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced the finalists for the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.  Included among the 40 finalists is Amherst College sophomore Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA).  Additionally, Amherst head coach G.P. Gromacki was named the Region 1 Division III Coach of the Year.

With voting by WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions completed, the top five players from each region are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.  Stedman’s inclusion on the five-player Region 1 team marks the third straight season that an Amherst player is in the running for All-America honors, following Jaci Daigneault’s and Shaina Pollack's selections in 2009 and 2007, respectively.

Today’s honor is just the latest for Stedman this season, who already has earned the 2010 NESCAC Player of the Year title. Along with her player of the year selection, Stedman was selected to the All-NESCAC First Team. Fellow NESCAC First Team member, Colby’s Alison Cappelloni joins Stedman on the Region 1 team.  Rounding out the five from this region are Jessica Chapin (Brandeis University), Melissa Teel (Western Conn.) and Nicole Wurdeman (Babson College).

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Stedman and the Lord Jeffs will take on archrival Williams College on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Sectional Semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium. With a win over the Ephs, Amherst will face either Gettysburg or Babson College in the national quarterfinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a spot in the 2010 “Final Four” on the line. To read a full preview of this weekend's action at Amherst, visit our NCAA Sectional page.

During Amherst’s pair of NCAA Tournament wins over MCLA and Southern Maine in the first two rounds, Stedman was once again a steady force for the Jeffs. Stedman is averaging 12.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game during the NCAA Tournament, leading Amherst into the Sectionals for the third straight season.

Gromacki is no stranger to winning awards for his work with the Lord Jeffs either. Last season, Gromacki was named the D3hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year, while this year he has already garnered the NESCAC Coach of the Year title. Gromacki's Lord Jeffs are ranked No. 1 in both the WBCA and D3hoops.com polls, and are the top seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 29-0 record. During his three seasons at Amherst, Gromacki has posted an amazing 85-7 record, and has reached the Sectionals each year.

Our NCAA Sectional page also contains more information about how to get your tickets to this weekend's games, and also tells you how you can help us "White-Out" LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday night. Fans unable to attend this weekend’s games will be able to follow the action using live statistics or through a free live webcast.

To view the other 35 finalists from NCAA Region's 2-8, click here, or to view the other Coach of the Year honorees, click here.