Caroline Stedman '12 Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
AMHERST, MA – Junior guard Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) has been named the NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for leading Amherst College during a 2-0 weekend that gave the Lord Jeffs sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
This is the second career Player of the Week honor for Stedman, who averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in wins over Tufts and Bates this past weekend. Stedman was the game’s leading scorer on Friday and again on Saturday, shooting a combined 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor, 70 percent (7-of-10) from long range and 89 percent (8-of-9) at the line.
Against Tufts (W 73-35) Stedman knocked down all five of her three-point attempts for 19 points, four boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals. The next day against Bates (W 74-62) she matched her career high of 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, adding four rebounds, two assists, a block and a pair of steals. Seventeen of her points against the Bobcats came in the second half, including six on free throws in the final minute to hold off a Bates comeback attempt.
The reigning NESCAC Player of the Year, Stedman currently ranks 10th in the conference in blocks per game, 11th in free throw percentage, 15th in three-point field goal percentage and 17th in scoring average. Her 10.0 points per game are the second most on Amherst, which is riding a winning streak of eight games and is unbeaten in its past 42 home contests.
With Williams College posting a 0-2 record over the weekend, the Lord Jeffs (7-0 NESCAC) hold a comfortable lead over the Ephs (5-2) and Colby (5-2) in the standings. Amherst will travel to take on Middlebury Friday night before facing Williams Saturday afternoon, but the Jeffs need to win only one of those games to secure the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Championship.