Athletics

Jaci Daigneault '11 Named NESCAC Player of the Week

Daigneault
Photo by Matt Milless, D3photography.com

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior forward Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) has been named the NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fourth time in her illustrious career. Daigneault was the team’s top performer during a week that saw the Lord Jeffs post a 2-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference play.

In only 23.0 minutes per game, Daigneault averaged 14.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 73 percent from the floor (19-for-26) and 80 percent from long range (4-for-5). She also surpassed 1,000 career points to move into ninth place on Amherst’s all-time scoring list (1,034).

In an 85-82 (OT) loss at sixth-ranked Kean, Daigneault shot 10-of-11 from the floor for 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals, marking the 10th double-double of her career. In 17 minutes during a 61-42 win at Conn. College, she shot 5-of-8 for 13 points, nine boards, two blocks and three steals. In 17 minutes of an 80-30 win at Wesleyan, she was 4-of-7 for nine points, eight rebounds and a block.

The Lord Jeffs have gotten off to a 15-1 start this season by featuring one of the deepest teams in Division III, but Daigneault has consistently stood out despite averaging only 20.8 minutes per game. She leads the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.636) by a mile and ranks fourth in scoring (13.9), sixth in blocks (1.13), seventh in steals (2.31) and 14th in rebounding (6.2).

Daigneault is ahead of the pace she set when she earned All-America honors as a sophomore, as she is on track to set career highs in virtually every statistical category. Her shooting has improved overall (.636), from long range (.500) and at the line (.775), while she is also on track to set career highs in blocks and steals. In addition to moving into ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list, Daigneault ranks ninth in rebounding (554) and 10th in blocks (66).

Daigneault and the Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 22, when they host Trinity College at 4 p.m. Live statistics and a webcast will be provided free of charge.