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Beckwith named Maine's Player of the Year

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

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates senior forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) has been named the 2009 Maine Player of the Year, as determined by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The honor comes two days after Beckwith also earned NESCAC Player of the Year honors.

Beckwith also received First Team All-State honors for the third consecutive season.

Starting all 25 contests for the third straight winter, 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).

Beckwith was named MWBCA Player of the Week on two occasions this season, Dec. 8 and Jan. 20, when she also received Player of the week honors from the NESCAC, ECAC and NEWBA.

View the MWBCA All-State team release.