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Women's basketball 2014 NESCAC quarterfinal preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted February 17, 2014
Tags Women's Basketball

The Hamilton College Continentals travel to Amherst College to take on the Jeffs in a 2014 NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal at LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.

NESCAC preview

Tickets are available the day of the game and cost $3 for adults and $1 for students. Children under 12 get in free. Information regarding video webcasts and live statistics will be released later this week.

Hamilton (11-12, 4-6 NESCAC) finished in seventh place in the conference standings and is the No. 7 seed for the championship. The Continentals are 4-2 in February as they enter the postseason for the first time since 2010. Hamilton is making its first appearance in the NESCAC championship in the program's third season in the conference for basketball.

Samantha Graber '16 is ranked second in the NESCAC in scoring with 16.3 points per game and third with 8.4 rebounds per game. Graber has seven double-doubles this season. Dani Feigin '14, who is sixth in the conference with 13.8 points per game, leads the NESCAC with a team-record 66 3-point baskets made this season.

Amherst (22-2, 9-1) ended up in second place in the conference standings and is the No. 2 seed for the championship. The Jeffs have been one of the top teams in Division III since 2008 with six straight appearances in the NESCAC championship game and five conference titles. Amherst, which has won an incredible 97 games in a row at home, has advanced to the NCAA championship semifinals each of the last five years with a national title in 2011.

Please see below for a capsule look at both teams.

No. 7 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 11-12
Conference record (finish): 4-6 (seventh)
Head coach: Michelle Collins, 2nd season at Hamilton, 23-23 record (137-96 overall)
Championship tournament appearances: 1st
Championship tournament titles: 0
Championship tournament record: 0-0
2013-14 result vs. Amherst: L, 60-35 (Jan. 10 at Amherst)
Road/Neutral record: 3-8
Points per game: 60.2
Points allowed per game: 59.4
Scoring leaders: Samantha Graber ‘16 (16.3 ppg), Dani Feigin ‘14 (13.8)
Rebounding leaders: Graber (8.4 rpg), Olivia Pimm ‘14 (8.0)
Assist leaders:  Feigin (58), Caroline Barrett ’17 (44)
Three-point shooting leaders: Feigin (66 of 203), Serena Ward ’16 (41 of 102), Graber (33 of 91)

No. 2 seed AMHERST COLLEGE
Overall record:
22-2
Conference record (finish): 9-1 (second)
WBCA national ranking: 10th in Division III Top 25 coach’s poll
NCAA regional ranking: 2nd in Northeast Region
Head coach: G.P. Gromacki, 7th season at Amherst, 203-16 record (366-54 overall)
Championship tournament appearances: 12th
Championship tournament titles: Five (2008, 2010-13)
Championship tournament record: 19-6
Home record: 11-0
Points per game: 70.9
Points allowed per game: 53.4
Scoring leaders: Marley Giddins ’16 (11.4 ppg), Ali Doswell ’17 (10.7)
Rebounding leaders: Giddins (7.4 rpg), Doswell (6.1)
Assist leaders: Haley Zwecker ’16 (63), Jaimie Renner ’17 (60)
Three-point shooting leaders: Doswell (50 of 149), Hannah Peterson ’17 (43 of 127), Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 (36 of 99)

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