Reiff, Pollack Earn All-NESCAC Honors; Gromacki Named Co-Coach of the Year

G.P. Gromacki has led Amherst to its first NCAA Tournament berth.

AMHERST, MA – Today the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced the members of the 2007-2008 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team. Two members of the Amherst College squad received honors, as seniors Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) and Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) were each named to the First Team. Head Coach G.P. Gromacki was also named Co-Coach of the Year.

Pollack is averaging 4.89 assists per game, which is good for third in the conference. She is second on the Lord Jeffs in scoring (11.2 ppg) and first in free throw percentage at .802 (65-for-81), and is also the team leader in defensive rebounds (3.0 rpg). Pollack scored a career-high 22 points in Amherst’s win in the final game of the NESCAC Championship on Sunday against Tufts, and was named the conference's Player of the Week for her performance in the semifinals and finals. She currently has the fourth highest career assist total in program history (320), and has a legitimate chance to move as high as second (340) on the all-time list.

Reiff, a Second Team member a year ago, is having stellar senior year. For the third consecutive season, she is the Lord Jeffs’ leading scorer (12.6 ppg). She is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor, which is good for sixth in the NESCAC, and is tied for third on the team in rebounds per game (4.4 rpg). Earlier this season, Reiff joined the 1,000-point club and is currently seventh on Amherst’s all-time scoring list (1,076).

Gromacki has led Amherst to its best season in program history, as the Lord Jeffs opened the season on a 17-game winning streak en route to a 25-2 (7-2 NESCAC) record. After finishing the regular season atop the conference standings, Amherst won its first NESCAC Tournament and received its first birth in the NCAA Tournament. This year’s team has also set a program record for points scored (2,006), as the Jeffs are averaging nearly 14 points more per game than they did last year.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday night, when they take on Becker College at Bridgewater State College in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

2007-8 NESCAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team
*2006-07 All-Conference First Team
^2006-07 All-Conference Second Team

First Team
G - Ali Fourney^ (Wesleyan - Jr.)
G - Mika Peterman (Williams - Jr.)
G - Shaina Pollack (Amherst - Sr.)
F - Meg Coffin (Bates - Sr.)
F - Stefanie Reiff^ (Amherst - Sr.)
F - Khalilah Ummah (Tufts - Sr.)

Second Team
G - Val Beckwith* (Bates - Jr.)
G - Colleen Hart (Tufts - Fy.)
F - Jill Anelauskas* (Bowdoin - Jr.)
F - Katie McCabe (Colby - Sr.)
F - Lucy Sprung (Wesleyan - Sr.)

Player of the Year: Khalilah Ummah (Tufts)
Defensive Player of the Year: Khalilah Ummah (Tufts)
Rookie of the Year: Colleen Hart (Tufts)
Co-Coaches of the Year: G.P. Gromacki (Amherst), Carla Berube (Tufts)