Baecher of Williams Named Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. - Senior forward Claire Baecher of Williams has been chosen by the conference coaches as the NESCAC Player of the Year. Baecher, the first women’s basketball player from Williams to earn the honor, has helped her team to their first appearance in a NESCAC championship and their upcoming seventh NCAA appearance. Averaging 13.5 points per game, Baecher ranks fourth in the NESCAC with 6.9 rebounds per game, and ninth with a .430 field goal percentage. Baecher was named All-NESCAC Second Team in 2011.
Amherst senior Marcia Voigt also received First Team honors. The guard leads the league in both assists (4.22) and steals (2.37) per game. Leading her team to their fourth straight NESCAC Championship, Voigt has contributed to the league’s best offense, with the Jeffs averaging 64.3 points per game. She was also honored as the 2010 Rookie of the Year.
Kate Barnosky of Tufts was a second straight All-NESCAC pick, moving up from the 2012 Second Team. The graduate forward averaged 9.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.80 assists per game. Barnosky currently ranks sixth in the league for rebounding. In one of her best outings this year, she had a 12 point, 13 rebound performance against Middlebury on January 5.
Seniors Kaitlin Donahoe of Bowdoin and Tracy Borsinger of Middlebury complete the All-Conference First Team. Donahoe and Borsinger are at the top of the NESCAC stat sheets, with Donahoe leading the league with 15.4 points per game and Borsinger pouring in 15.1 points per game. Donahoe ranked fifth among NESCAC players in two categories, dishing out 3.2 assists per game and connecting on 88-115 free throw attempts, good for a percentage of .765.
Borsinger was among the NESCAC leaders in several categories this season, while ranking first with 143 field goals and second with an .833 free throw percentage. The senior was fourth in the league with 1.9 three-point field goals made per game while ranking fifth with 821 minutes played. She earned 4.9 rebounds per game this season to go along with 22 blocks and 22 steals.
For the sixth year in a row, a Tufts player was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. Senior guard Bre Dufault is sixth in NESCAC with an average of 1.8 steals per game while averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Behind Dufault’s leadership on defense, Tufts leads the NESCAC allowing just 43.4 points per game.
Bowdoin first year Shannon Brady grabbed Rookie of the Year accolades. Brady has made an immediate impact in the Polar Bear lineup this season, as the forward is averaging 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She is third in the NESCAC in field goal percentage with a.447 accuracy rate. She is the fourth Bowdoin player to earn the honor and first since Jill Henrikson was recognized in 2009.
Coach of the Year went to G.P. Gromacki of Amherst. Gromacki, in his sixth season in Amherst, picks up his fourth Coach of the Year nod. Having also been recognized in 2008, 2010, and 2011, Gromacki led the Jeffs to their sixth straight NCAA appearance.
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