HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates senior captain Meredith Kelly was named NESCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, announced Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, following her explosive week averaging 31.8 points per game. And on Tuesday, Kelly added Maine Player of the Week honors to her haul.
Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 30 or more points in all three of the Bobcats' wins in a 3-1 week, averaging 31.8 points in 32.5 minutes per game while shooting .565 from the field and .786 from the free-throw line. Kelly also posted 8.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.0 assists per game on the week. Kelly scored 12 of her 30 points in overtime as Bates won 80-75 at Colby on Wednesday, adding in 11 rebounds and six steals. She wrapped up the week with a Bates-record 42 points in a 104-83 win over UMaine-Augusta, also setting team records for field goals (18) and points in a half (25). Bates' previous single-game scoring record was 37.
This is Kelly's first time winning NESCAC Player of the Week, and the second time this season the 5-foot-8 guard has been named Maine Player of the Week by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association -- she previously received that honor on Nov. 19.
Kelly leads the NESCAC in scoring at a hefty 24.8 points per game, a whopping 7.4 points more per game than the next player on the list. Kelly is also first in the conference in steals per game (3.4), eighth in field goal percentage (.516) and 17th in rebounds per game (6.6).