Stedman Earns NESCAC, Weekly Honor

Contact: Justin Long

Caroline Stedman '12 became the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 points in a career.

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College senior Caroline Stedman has been named the NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and earned a spot on the Team of the Week for averaging 20.7 points per game during a 3-0 stretch that kept the Lord Jeffs unbeaten and atop the conference standings.

Stedman added 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game, all while shooting 82.6 percent from the line (19-for-23) and 43.5 percent overall. She was even more impressive in second-half action, going 3-for-4 from long range and 15-for-24 overall (.625).

The senior captain began her week with a career-high 31 points and three blocks during an 81-58 win over 19th-ranked Kean, as she shot 7-for-10 in the second half to help the Jeffs pull away from what was only a 10-point halftime lead. During a span of 5:30 late in the game, Stedman was 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line, singlehandedly matching Kean’s nine points during that stretch.

In a 63-59 win at Bowdoin she had five rebounds and scored a team-high 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half. The teams were tied at halftime, but Stedman led the charge during a game-changing 14-0 run by completing a three-point play and knocking down a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions, with the latter giving her 1,002 career points.

Stedman closed out her week with 14 points, four assists and a pair of blocks in a 51-50 win at Colby, helping the Jeffs overcome a late seven-point deficit by having a hand in six of her team’s final eight points. After recording assists on buckets that cut Colby’s lead to three (48-45) and handed the lead back to Amherst (49-48), Stedman knocked down the winning shot with only 18 seconds to play.

Only 12 players have eclipsed 1,000 career points in Amherst’s history, and Stedman is quickly approaching the top 10 on that list. Her performances this past week helped the Lord Jeffs bump their overall win streak to 38 games and their unbeaten streak in NESCAC play to 28.

Amherst (17-0, 5-0 NESCAC) will travel to Williams this Wednesday for a non-conference game against the Ephs (15-2, 2-2 NESCAC).