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Beckwith named NESCAC Player of the Year

Val Beckwith '09 earned NESCAC All-Conference honors for the third time in her outstanding career.

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates senior forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) has been named the 2009 NESCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, as determined by the conference coaches. Beckwith and the Bobcats assembled a 16-9 overall record and a 5-4 mark in conference play this season, earning the fourth seed in the 2009 NESCAC Women’s Basketball Championship. She is the fifth Bates player to earn the league’s top honor this decade, joining the ranks of Emily King (2000), Kate McLaughlin (2001), Olivia Zurek (2005), and former teammate Meg Coffin (2006).

Beckwith also received All-NESCAC honors for the third consecutive season, finding a spot on the 2009 First Team after earning First Team honors in 2007 and Second Team recognition in 2008. 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 NESCAC Player of the Week on two occasions this season, Nov. 24 and Jan. 20, when she also received Player of the week honors from the ECAC, MWBCA and NEWBA.

View the NESCAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team release.