LEWISTON, Maine – Bates senior Meredith Kelly received 2013-14 postseason accolades for a fifth time on Thursday, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference named the Bobcat senior to its First Team All-New England Division III squad.
Last month, Kelly captured both First Team All-Conference and NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The 5-foot-8 guard became the first player to lead the NESCAC in scoring and win Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the same year. She later received recognition from D3Hoops.com (First Team All-Northeast), the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (First Team All-State) and the New England Women's Basketball Association (First Team All-New England).
Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) averaged 21.6 points per game, a whopping 5.7 points more than any other NESCAC player, setting Bates' team records for points in a season (518), game (42) and half (25). She added a career-high 6.0 rebounds per game and ranked fifth in the conference in free-throw percentage, at a career-best .801. Kelly also added the 3-pointer to her offensive repertoire this season, hitting 21-of-74 shots from behind the arc (.284) after entering the season a career 3-for-17 (.176).
Bates' premier defender for the past four seasons and the 2011 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Kelly led the league in steals this season, with 2.83 per game, and grabbed a career-high 6.0 rebounds per game, including 3.2 on the defensive glass. She often guarded the opponent's best player and proved indefatigable despite averaging 36.6 minutes and not missing a game. She is the first Defensive Player of the Year in team history.
Kelly missed the first eight games of her junior season due to injury, but still finished seventh on Bates' all-time scoring list, with 1,207.
Kelly will also be a NESCAC Winter All-Academic selection for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or above. During the season she was selected to participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want to be a Coach" program.