Voigt, Robertson Rake in Postseason Awards
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst women's basketball team continued to rake in postseason awards as senior guard Marcia Voigt earned first-team d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region and WBCA honorable mention all-america accolades, while teammate Megan Robertson ’15 grabbed a spot on the all-region third team.
Amherst was the only NESCAC school to place two student-athletes on the four-team d3hoops.com list, joining fellow NCAA Tournament qualifiers Smith and Southern Maine – both of whom claimed a second- and fourth-team honoree – as the only programs with multiple recipients across the region.
Among other NESCAC teams, Williams’ Claire Baecher ’13 joined Voigt on the all-region first team while Kate Barnosky ’13 of Tufts grabbed second-team honors. Bowdoin’s Kaitlin Donahoe ’13 and Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger ’13 earned third- and fourth-team praise, respectively, while Williams’ Pat Manning was honored with the region’s Coach of the Year award. Rounding out the individual honors were Player of the Year Sarah Collins ’13 of Babson and Rookie of the Year Olivia Murphy of UMass-Boston. Baecher and Voigt were just two of 40 student-athletes nationwide to be honored by the WBCA on its all-america squads.
Amherst’s leading scorer at 12.7 points per game, Voigt has anchored the Jeff offense from the point in 2012-13, leading the NESCAC in assists (4.4) en route to first team all-conference honors. Also averaging 2.3 steals per game, she has helped the stingy Amherst defense limit opponents to 46.5 points per game and 32.3 percent shooting on the season.
Currently sixth all time in assists (307) and the 12th-leading scorer in program history, Voigt joined the 1,000-point club in Amherst’s NESCAC semifinal win over Bowdoin. The following night was even more memorable, however, as the senior co-captain caught fire in the second half, scoring 19 of her season-high 21 points after the break as the Jeffs pulled away from Williams for a fourth consecutive conference title. The Skillman, N.J. native took over late once again in the NCAA Elite Eight, scoring 12 of the team’s last 19 points and 16 of her game-high 19 in the final 18 minutes to help stave off Widener’s comeback bid and lift Amherst to its fifth straight trip to the national semifinals.
Meanwhile, Robertson has developed into one of the region’s elite post players, earning second-team All-NESCAC after garnering league Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-12. The conference leader in rebounds (8.7 per game) and field goal percentage (.520), the Tewksbury native also ranks second in blocks (2.7) as she has already climbed to fifth on the program’s all-time list with 124 career rejections.
Robertson has posted nine double-doubles over the course of the year, but perhaps her most impressive night came on Jan. 8 when the sophomore didn’t miss a single shot against Farmingdale State, sinking all 10 field goal attempts and each of her five free throws for a season-high 25 points to go with nine rebounds and four blocks. Four days earlier, she turned in her most dominant defensive performance of the winter with six blocks and five steals to go with 12 points and 17 boards in a win at Wesleyan. Continuing her solid play in the postseason, Robertson was especially efficient in the NESCAC playoffs, shooting 19-for-28 (.679) from the floor while sinking all 10 free throw attempts.