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Beckwith named New England Player of the Year

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

LEWISTON, Maine -- The postseason honors continue to roll in for Bates College senior Val Beckwith. On Wednesday Beckwith was named the New England Player of the Year and to the All-New England First Team by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA).

It is the fourth award for Beckwith since the season ended for the 16-9 Bobcats. On Tuesday she was named a finalist for the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for Division III. Last week she was named NESCAC Player of the Year and State of Maine (MWBCA) Player of the Year, as well as First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-State.

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. On Jan. 20 she was named NEWBA New England Player of the Week.

View the NEWBA 2009 All-New England release.