BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Amherst knocked off the defending national champions and won its first national championship in school history Saturday night, as the Lord Jeffs defeated Washington at St. Louis 64-55 in the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship at the Shirk Center.
Amherst’s Caroline Stedman led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Kim Fiorentino scored 10 points. Jaci Daigneault and Fiorentino each grabbed eight boards for the Jeffs. Washington’s Dani Hoover made 13 points, while Brianne Monahan added 12. The Bears’ Kathryn Berger recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Amherst brought down 46 rebounds, including 18 offensive boards, while Washington (25-6) had 36 rebounds.
Caroline Stedman, Most Outstanding Player of 2011 Women’s NCAA Tournament talks about the last seven minutes of the national championship game.