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Beckwith named finalist for All-America honors

Val Beckwith '09 earned First Team All-State honors for the third consecutive year.

ATLANTA -- Bates College senior Val Beckwith has been named a finalist for the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for Division III, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Tuesday.

Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) is one of 42 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, and are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.

It is the third postseason honor to date for Beckwith, who has already been named NESCAC Player of the Year and State of Maine (MWBCA) Player of the Year.

The State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team will be announced at the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Banquet on Thursday, March 19, in Holland, Mich.

Starting all 25 contests for the third straight season, Beckwith led her squad in scoring for the third year in a row as she ranked second overall in the league with 18.3 points per game -- a single-season career-high -- while hitting an even 45.0 percent of her shots.

Beckwith was at her best during conference competition this season, as her 19.0 points per game against league foes was unmatched by any other player. She also managed to grab a team-high 6.3 rebounds, dish out 2.40 assists and nab 1.64 steals per game.

Beckwith, who scored a personal-best 28 points during a 71-52 win at Colby on Jan. 24, finished her career at Bates second all-time in scoring with 1,470 points, just eight shy of the program record held by Emily King '00. Her 534 career rebounds put her at No. 18 on Bates' all-time list.

Beckwith set program records this season for free throws made (142) and attempted (190) in a season, and for free throws made in a career (392). She has received First Team All-State honors for the third consecutive season and All-NESCAC honors for three years in a row as well.

View the WBCA All-America finalists release.