Stedman Named Player of the Year as Four Jeffs Earn All-NESCAC Honors

Contact: Ben Badua

Caroline Stedman '12
Lem Atanga McCormick '12
Kim Fiorentino '12
Megan Robertson '15

AMHERST, Mass. - Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, Mass.) became the third-straight Lord Jeff to garner NESCAC women’s basketball Player of the Year honors, joining teammates Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 (Chicago, Ill.) and Kim Fiorentino’12 (Holmdel, N.J.) on the All-Conference teams. Also earning recognition was first year Megan Robertson (Tewksbury, Mass.), who was the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year.

The first Jeff to receive Player of the Year accolades during the 2009-10 campaign, Stedman has enjoyed another stellar statistical season, ranking third in the conference in scoring (13.9), while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Scoring in double-digits in 21 of the Jeffs’ 27 games this season, she poured in a career-high 31 against Kean, helping Amherst avenge its only loss in its last 60 games. In her next outing, Stedman tallied 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting against Bowdoin, becoming just the 12th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau.

One of 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded to an outstanding player that excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community, she continued to excel during the NESCAC Tournament, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals to help the Jeffs to a third-straight league title.

Starting 20 of her 24 appearances this year, Atanga McCormick continues to play an integral role in the Lord Jeffs’ success, averaging 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds en route to first team honors. Scoring a season-high 18 points with seven rebounds and four assists against Emmanuel on Dec. 6, she has scored in double figures in 16 games this season, while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.

Becoming just the 11th player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark with 17 against WPI on Dec. 29, Atanga McCormick passed another career milestone later in the year, moving to the top of the Jeffs’ career blocks chart with four blocks against Tufts on Feb. 4.

One of Amherst’s most versatile players, Fiorentino continues to produce for the undefeated Jeffs, ranking among the team leaders in several statistical categories. Scoring in double-digits in 13 games, she tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds against Conn. College on Jan. 7 before pouring in a season-best 16 points against Wesleyan on Jan. 31.

Less than a week later, Fiorentino found another way to help keep the Jeffs rolling, pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds against Tufts. On the season, she sits tied for the team lead in assists per game (2.7), while ranking second in rebounds (6.2), blocks (47) and free-throw percentage (.797) and fourth in scoring (9.5).

A unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year, Robertson has made an immediate impact in her first full season in the Pioneer Valley. Scoring at least 10 points in her first seven games, she had a season-high 26 points with 13 rebounds in a win over Emmanuel. Currently second on the team in scoring (11.3), she has posted the conference’s second-highest field goal percentage (.555), while ranking among the league leaders in rebounds (7.6) and blocks (32).

With five double-doubles on the year, she has grabbed at least 10 boards in eight contests, while scoring in double-digits 16 times. During the final weekend of the regular season, Robertson netted 21 points with 17 rebounds on 8-for-11 shooting against Williams and 16 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-12 shooting against Middlebury en route to Player of the Week honors.

Amherst begins its quest for a second-straight National Championship on Friday, Mar. 2 when it plays host to St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

2011-12 Women's Basketball All-NESCAC Teams