Ali Doswell, Women's Basketball, Amherst College
Amherst’s Ali Doswell excelled in the classroom and on the court for the Mammoths. She pursued a degree in both physics and psychology and developed a passion for helping other women and young girls follow in her footsteps to excel in the classroom and on the court.
“Attending Amherst College gave me a unique opportunity to excel academically and athletically, while providing me the platforms to engage the surrounding community. As I pursue a career in engineering and hopefully coaching on the side, I will continue to be a positive example of a female in a male-dominated field while influencing athletes to find that optimal balance of being a scholar, athlete, and leader,” stated Doswell in her personal statement as a nominee for the NESCAC’s NCAA Woman of the Year.
Doswell earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors in 2017 and was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. She was the recipient of the 2017 Howard Hill Mossman Trophy, which recognizes a member of the Amherst senior class who has brought the greatest honor in athletics to the Alma Mater, through both achievement and sportsmanship. She was a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, which honors an outstanding Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom and the community.
Doswell helped the Mammoths cap off a perfect 33-0 record by winning the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship. She was honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four for her efforts. Doswell, the 2017 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III and NESCAC Player of the Year, concluded her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,572 points, and ranks in the program's top-10 in assists (334) and rebounds (664). She also set the program's record for three-pointers made (273). Over the course of her collegiate career, Amherst went 114-10. Doswell was one of 11 finalists for the Division III Honda Woman Athlete of the Year after being named the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for basketball by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).
Off the court, Doswell has been actively involved in the community. She worked as a team leader at A Better Chance Tutoring, Habitat for Humanity, and the Book and Plow Farm in the greater Amherst community. She also participated in the Vela Scholars program during her first year in the Pioneer Valley, going to a local middle school and helping students with homework. She also served as a three-year teaching assistant for first-year physics students.