Stedman of Amherst Named All-America by WBCA
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Friday evening the 2012 WBCA Division III Coaches' All-America Team. Among the 10 individuals honored as All-America was Amherst senior guard Caroline Stedman (Walpole, Mass.).
It is the second time in Stedman's career that she has been selected as All-America, as she previously received recognition during her sophomore campaign in 2010. Stedman the lone representative from the NESCAC on the All-America team, was also announced as one of two finalists for the WBCA Player of the Year award, joining Carissa Verkiak of Calvin College. The national player of the year will be announced during the WBCA annual awards banquet on April 2 in Denver, Colo., site of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four.
In the midst of the finest season of her tenure at Amherst, the two-time NESCAC Player of the Year (2010, 2012) has averaged a career-best 13.9 points per game to rank third among all NESCAC players in scoring. Stedman has connected on .406 percent of her shots from the floor, .340 percent from long range, and .728 percent from the foul line. On 15 separate occasions Stedman has been among the leading scorers for her team.
During a rematch with Kean from the 2010-11 season on Jan. 17, the last team to defeat the Lord Jeffs, Stedman dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting and an 11-of-12 performance at the line in an 81-58 victory. She netted her 1,000 career point in a 63-59 win at Bowdoin on Jan. 20, collecting a team-high 17 points. The next night at neighboring Colby, Stedman had a hand in six of the Jeffs' final eight points, including the game-winning bucket, in a 51-50, come-from-behind win over the Mules that preserved her team's unbeaten season.
In addition to being named NESCAC Player of the Year, Stedman was honored as All-NESCAC for the third consecutive year, as she earned First Team recognition for the second time (2010). She was also named as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to an outstanding player who excels on the floor, in the classroom, and in the community.
The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the eight geographical regions and a chairperson.
Garnering honorable mention was Bowdoin senior forward Jill Henrikson.