Amherst Hosting Final Rounds of NESCAC Championship
Game Schedule: Saturday’s first semifinal will feature this season’s third installment of Amherst (24-1, 9-0) versus Williams (21-4, 6-3), with the Ephs and Lord Jeffs set to tip off at 2 p.m. The second semifinal will feature another great rivalry, as Colby (21-4, 7-2) will clash with Bowdoin (21-4, 6-3) for the third time this season. Saturday’s winners will advance to play in Sunday’s championship game, which will begin at noon.
Ticket Information: Tickets for each day will be $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Children under the age of 12 and Amherst College students with a valid ID will be admitted free of charge. Doors to LeFrak Gymnasium will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets will not be sold in advance.
Live Coverage: Each of this weekend’s three games will feature a live webcast and live statistics.
No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 4 Williams:
Saturday’s first game will mark only the second time the Lord Jeffs and Ephs have met in the NESCAC Championship. Amherst has already defeated Williams by scores of 85-63 and 66-55 this season, but the Ephs proved how difficult it is to beat a team three times when they nearly upset the heavily favored Lord Jeffs in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Amherst has won seven straight against its archrival and has earned two of the past three NESCAC titles, while the Ephs are looking to advance to the tournament’s championship game for the first time in program history.
Amherst advanced to the semifinal round with a 57-32 win over Trinity last weekend, setting a tournament record for fewest points allowed in a game. The Jeffs lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.313) and scoring defense (48.5 ppg), as well as blocks (5.9) and steals (13.6) per game. Since allowing 85 points to Kean on Jan. 11, the Jeffs have allowed only one opponent to score more than 60, while seven teams have been held below 50. Amherst also leads the NESCAC in scoring offense (77.8 ppg) despite featuring only two of the top 30 scorers in the league, while co-captains Sarah Leyman ’11 and Jaci Daigneault ’11 have the Jeffs leading in offensive rebounds per game (16.2). Leyman and Daigneault combined for 31 points and 18 rebounds in their first meeting with Williams this season, adding 32 and 13 in the rematch.
No. 2 Colby vs. No. 3 Bowdoin
Despite being the higher seed, Colby will be the team looking to avenge a pair of losses from the regular season when the Mules take on in-state rival Bowdoin. The Polar Bears came from behind to earn a 70-64 win on Dec. 4 thanks to 16 points from Kaitlin Donahoe ’13, then used a 20-9 run to pull away for a 65-56 victory on Jan. 15, with Donahoe adding another 17 points. Saturday will mark the fourth meeting between Colby and Bowdoin in tournament history, with the Mules earning a 75-64 win over the Polar Bears in last year’s semifinals.
Quarterfinal Round – Saturday, Feb. 19
No. 1 Amherst def. No. 8 Trinity, 57-32
No. 2 Colby def. No. 7 Middlebury, 67-64
No. 3 Bowdoin def. No. 6 Bates, 69-51
No. 4 Williams def. No. 5 Tufts, 69-64 (OT)
Semifinal Round – Saturday, Feb. 26 (@ Amherst)
No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 4 Williams – 2 p.m.
No. 2 Colby vs. No. 3 Bowdoin – 4 p.m.
Championship Game – Sunday, Feb. 27 (@ Amherst)
Semifinal Winners – 12 p.m.
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