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Kelly named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in women's basketball

Meredith Kelly '14 was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in women's basketball. (File photo)

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates first-year guard Meredith Kelly won NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors on Wednesday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2011 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team.

Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) played in all 25 of Bates' games this season as the Bobcats went 17-8, scoring 7.6 points per game on .476 shooting while grabbing 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. Kelly topped all rookies in the conference in scoring and field goal percentage.

The 5-foot-8 guard hit 80 of 168 field goal attempts on the season, and her .476 field goal percentage ranked her eighth in the conference. In conference games, Kelly's shooting percentage rose to .526. Kelly was also a tenacious perimeter defender, and she averaged 1.44 steals per game, 14th best in the NESCAC. Kelly twice won Rookie of the Week honors this season from the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Some of her season highlights included an 11-point, six-rebound effort against Wesleyan, a 15-point game against Connecticut College, collecting 18 points, seven rebounds and nine steals in a win over UMaine-Presque Isle, and scoring a season-high 19 points in a win at Husson.

Kelly is Bates' second NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the first since 2005, when Sarah Barton shared Co-Rookie of the Year honors with Matia Kostakis of Amherst (Barton and Kostakis became teammates the following year, when Kostakis transferred to Bates).

Read the NESCAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team release (PDF)