Stedman Once Again Earns All-America Honors

Contact: Justin Long

Photo by Tim Fuller

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College senior guard Caroline Stedman earned a spot on the 2012 WBCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team and has been named one of two finalists for the organization’s National Player of the Year award. She was also the only NESCAC player named to the All-America First Team today.

The 10-member WBCA All-America team was selected by a vote of the organization’s selection committee, which is comprised of one representative from each of the eight geographical regions and a chairperson. “Congratulations to all the members of the 2012 Coaches’ NCAA DIII All-America Team,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These 10 student-athletes truly elevated their game above the rest this season and are deserving of such recognition.”

Joining Stedman as a finalist for Player of the Year is Calvin College’s Carissa Verkaik. The winner will be announced during the second annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, Apr. 2, in Denver. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Last year Jaci Daigneault ’11 became the first Lord Jeff to earn National Player of the Year honors in the program’s history.

“The WBCA is pleased to name Caroline and Carissa as the finalists for the State Farm/WBCA Division III Player of the Year award,” added Bass. “These women have had outstanding seasons, and are very deserving of this achievement. State Farm is synonymous with excellence and so are these student-athletes’ performances. I would like to wish each of these ladies good luck at the WBCA Awards Show in Denver!”

This is the second WBCA All-America selection for Stedman, who also earned the distinction as a sophomore. She was also named the 2012 NESCAC and Northeast Player of the Year, landing a spot on the All-Conference and All-Region first teams. Her excellence off the court made her an easy selection as a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, as well as an Academic All-District honoree.

Stedman wrapped up her career today ranked fifth on Amherst’s all-time scoring list (1,256), also finishing among the leaders in steals, blocks and assists. She averaged 14.1 points per game this season, including 17.2 in her final five outings.

Read an ESPN Boston story about Stedman and the Lord Jeffs

Amherst College WBCA All-America Honorees
2009: Jaci Daigneault '11
2010: Caroline Stedman '12
2011: Jaci Daigneault '11 (National Player of the Year)
2012: Caroline Stedman '12

Amherst College All-America Honorees
2009: Jaci Daigneault '11 (2nd Team)
2010: Caroline Stedman '12 (2nd Team)
2011: Jaci Daigneault '11 (1st Team)
2012: Caroline Stedman '12 (1st Team)