WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College in conjunction with Pittsfield Community TV, Willinet, and Time Warner Cable Albany will offer the basketball doubleheader versus archrival Amherst live from Chandler Gym on the Williams campus January 25th throughout Berkshire County on the Time Warner Cable local access channels.
Chandler Gym at Williams College can only accommodate 1,561 people and over the years when Amherst visits many folks have been turned away and are not able to see the games. That will not be the case this year.
"This is quite the cooperative venture with the folks from PCTV bringing up their TV truck, using Williams students on camera and as announcers, accessing Willinet, and having Time Warner Cable Albany open up the local access channels for the telecasts," stated Eph Sports Information Director Dick Quinn. "Williams is thankful for the efforts of Shawn Serre (PCTV), Debby Dane (Willinet) and John Mucha (TWC Albany) for working together and making it possible for Berkshire County residents to see these two games.
In Berkshire County the doubleheader will be aired on Access Pittsfield (Ch. 16): Pittsfield, Dalton, Richmond; Willinet (Ch. 17): Williamstown; NBCTC: (Ch. 16 Education): North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg; and CTSB: (Ch. 17 Education): Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Sheffield.
|Jill Greenberg '12|
|Mike Mayer '14|
In addition to the countywide telecasts the game can also be seen online for free through the services of TEAMLINE – click on video link on the appropriate Williams team schedule
The 6:00 PM women's game will feature the defending NCAA Champions from Amherst (17-0/5-0 NESCAC) and ranked first nationally versus a Williams team that has been ranked in the top 25 the last month and sports a record of 16-2/3-2 NESCAC.
Senior Caroline Stedman leads Amherst in scoring with an average of 13.5 points per game.
The Ephs won their first 11 games before losing to Tufts and their second loss came at Connecticut College when they lost standout junior center Claire Baecher to an injury.
Williams is paced in scoring by senior point guard Jill Greenberg who is scoring at an 11.8 clip.
The winner of the women's game will secure at least a tie for the Little Three title as both teams have already defeated Wesleyan twice this season.
After the women's game and before the men's game Mallory Martin Learfield Sports will present the 2010-11 Directors' Cup, emblematic of athletic supremacy in NCAA Division III, to Williams College. The Ephs have won 15 of the 16 Directors' Cups presented in NCAA Division III, including the last 13 in a row.
Just prior to the start of the men's game at 8:00 PM Pittsfield native and Williams sophomore, Caroline Sinico, will sing the National Anthem.
The men's game will feature an Amherst team that sports an overall record of 15-2/5-0 NESCAC and a Williams team that possesses a record of 15-3/3-2 NESCAC.
Amherst is led in scoring by sophomore guard Aaron Toomey who is averaging 16.8 points per game.
The Ephs are led in scoring by sophomore center Michael Mayer who is averaging 12.4 points a game.
The winner of the men's game will put itself in position to win the Little Three title outright by winning the re-match in Amherst on February 10th. If neither Amherst or Williams sweeps the two-game series the Little Three will end in a three way tie between Amherst, Wesleyan, and Williams.
While both the women's and men's games have Little Three significance and count on the season records they will not be reflected in the NESCAC standings.
The games that count towards the NESCAC standings will be played as part of a doubleheader in Amherst on February 10th.
Pittsfield ETV will air replays of the women's game: 1/27/2012 at 8:00 PM and 1/29/2012 at 1:00 PM and the men's game will be replayed 1/27/2012 at 10:00 PM and 1/29/2012 at 3:00 PM
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