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-- Release Date of Poll, Tuesday, February 20, 2001 (Poll #8) --

Rank   Team (Record)   1st-Place Votes   Points   Last Poll
1.   Emmanuel College (22-2)   7   119   1
2.   Eastern Connecticut St. U. (22-2)   4   118   2
3.   Amherst College (21-3)   2   103   3
4.   Salem St. College (21-3)   -   89   4
5.   (tie) Springfield College (20-4)   -   59   8
5.   (tie) Wellesley College (18-3)   -   59   6
7.   U. of Southern Maine (18-6)   -   48   5
8.   Colby College (18-6)   -   42   7
9.   St. Joseph's College (Me.) (20-4)   -   22   10
10.   (tie) Bowdoin College (16-7)   -   19   9
10.   (tie) Plymouth St. College (18-6)   -   19   -

Also Receiving Votes (to be listed a team must receive at least one percent of the available points): Bates (12).

Emily Goodman (Tufts, So., C, 5-10 from Briarcliff, N.Y.) and Cristia Estrada (M.I.T., Sr., C, 6-1 from Bogota, Colombia) --- Goodman returns to her spot as player of the week for the secnd week in a row while Estrada makes a first appearance. In leading the Engineers to two NEWMAC wins, Estrada averaged 25.0 PPG on 55.6-percent shooting from the field, was a perfect 10-for-10 at the line, hauled in 11.0 RPG, blocked 14 shots, had eight assists and three steals. With the wins, M.I.T. secured the no. 3 seed and an opening-round home game in the NEWMAC
tournament. Goodman supported a 2-0 week for the Jumbos that earned them a spot in the NESCAC tournament. She averaged 27.5 PPG, including a career-high 35 in a come-from-behind win over Wesleyan, as she shot 58.8 percent on the week from the field and 88.2 percent (15-for-17) at the line. She also averaged 7.0 RPG.

Shannon Russell (Amherst, Fr., G, 5-8 from Shrewsbury, Mass.) --- A two-time rookie of the week, Russell was the key to Amherst's big wins over NESCAC rivals Bowdoin and Colby which secured the top seed for the Lady Jeffs in the NESCAC tournament. She averaged 21.5 PPG while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, including 9-for-16 accuracy on treys, and 6-for-6 at the line. Add to that seven caroms, an assist and seven steals.

-- Anna Maria's Jess Haynes came through with 19.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 3.3 APG as her team went 1-2 on the week.
-- Colby's Sarah Walsh had a pair of double-doubles during a 1-1 week as she had 18 points, 13 boards vs. Trinity and 21 points, 20 rebs. vs. Amherst. She also had eight assists and four steals in the two games.
-- Averaging 17.3 PPG and 9.7 RPG in a solid 3-0 week for Colby-Sawyer, Ashley Bramwell shot 54.5 percent from the field. Her career-high 22 points along with 10 boards helped the Chargers gain a first-ever win against Middlebury in 15 meetings.
-- Closing out her Daniel Webster career with a team-record 1,404 points and 1,.076 rebounds, Sheryl Ardvino picked up 55 points and 36 caroms in an 0-3 week.
-- Monica Locke became the third woman in Maine Maritime history to surpass 1,000 career points, doing so against Maine-Presque Isle Feb. 15.
-- Renee Hellert averaged 14.0 PPG and 17.5 RPG in a 1-1 week for New England College. Her 24-rebound effort against Nichols put her over 1,000 for her career, the first player in team history to post 1,000 career rebounds
and 1,000 career points.
-- Krystyna Zagorski joined five other players as 1,000-point scorers at Plymouth St. She averaged 16.7 PPG and 9.0 RPG in a 3-0 week for the
Panthers that included a big win over Southern Maine.
-- Regis' Helen Dinan pumped in 23, 27 and 26 points in three games during the week. She accounted for exactly half her team's scoring (76 out of 152) while also hauling in 26 boards, making four assists and 14 steals.
-- Edwina Ashe set a Salem St. single-game rebounding record with 24 in the Lady Vikings regular-season ending win over Worcester St. Salem won its 18th regular-season MASCAC title with a 12-0 league mark.
-- Kelly Grover contributed 39 points, 14 rebs., and seven blocks to the cause in a 2-0 week that gave Wellesley the no.-2 seed in the NEWMAC tournament.
-- Shaleen Bowman averaged 16.0 PPG for Wesleyan in a 1-2 week and added nine three-pointers to her season total, which is a team-record 37 as the Cardinals season has come to a close.
-- Jamie Carney had 40 points, 32 boards, seven assists and 11 steals in a 3-0 week for W.N.E.C. The Golden Bears finished 10-2 in GNAC play.
-- Liz Tilley of Williams had a 50-point week as her team went 1-1. She collected 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals as well. She is the all-time assists leader at Williams.
-- W.P.I. had a strong finish to its season, including a win over Babson that gave the Engineers the fifth seed in the NEWMAC tournament. Triggering the win was Allison Wing with 22 points that included a 6-for-8 effort from
three-point land.