Ali Doswell Named NESCAC Rookie of the Year

Contact: Mike O'Brien

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DoswellTUFTS.jpgHADLEY, Mass. – First-year guard Ali Doswell of the Amherst women’s basketball team was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and garnered second team all-conference laurels as announced by the league office Wednesday.

Doswell is the fifth Jeff to earn the award and first since Megan Robertson ’15 did in 2012. She stepped into the Amherst lineup immediately and made a significant impact in the team’s success, helping lead the Jeffs to their seventh straight NCAA appearance with a 24-3 overall record.

The first-year guard ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game. She has started 22 of the team’s 27 games this season and is the team’s leading three-point shooter (60). The Richmond, Va. native is hitting 34.9 percent from downtown and 72.4 percent from the foul line. She also ranks third on the team in assists (58) and third in rebounding (6.1 per game).

In 24 appearances this season, Doswell has 13 double-figure scoring games and three double-digit rebounding efforts. On Jan. 31, she recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds in a 67-44 win against Colby. She also tied a season-high with six assists. Two games later, Doswell tallied 19 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe and pulled in nine boards to help Amherst defeat Conn. College, 77-58.

Doswell also excelled in her first two NESCAC Championship games of her career, leading the team in scoring in both games with 15 points each to guide the Jeffs to their seventh consecutive conference title game.

Amherst earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship and will play Springfield College (17-11) Friday, Mar. 7 at 5 p.m.