BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team collected three major awards in New England Small College Athletic Conference postseason honors announced on Wednesday.
Senior Abby Kelly (Bombay, N.Y.) was named the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year while classmate Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) was named Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Adrienne Shibles was named as the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
In addition, Kelly was joined by Maddie Hasson (South Portland, Maine) as a First Team All-NESCAC selection. Choate was named Second Team All-NESCAC.
Kelly is the second straight Polar Bear to earn Player of the Year, following former teammate Kate Kerrigan who was recognized in 2018. Kelly's accolade also marks the sixth time a Bowdoin player has been honored overall, joining Lora Trenkle (2002 & 2004), Eileen Flaherty (2007), Shanon Brady (2016) and Kerrigan. Kelly, who led Bowdoin at 14.7 points per game this season, ranks in the top ten in the NESCAC in points, three-pointers, field goal percentage and steals this winter. She saw double-figures in 23 of 27 games and surpassed 1,000-point mark on Jan. 19 vs. Colby. Her 1,162 points rank seventh at Bowdoin and her 134 three-pointers are fifth in program history.
Taylor Choate was voted as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year marking the second straight season a Polar Bear has won the honor. Kerrigan was honored in 2018 and also earned the accolade in 2015 and 2016. Choate, a senior, is the fourth player from Bowdoin to be recognized, joining Justine Pouravelis, (2004, 2005, 2006), Katie Cummings (2007) and Kerrigan. Choate has started all 27 games for the Polar Bears and is chipping in 12.1 points per game, while dishing out 3.4 assists, and collecting 2.1 steals per game to earn Second Team All-Conference honors as well.
Junior Maddie Hasson enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Polar Bears, averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. She led the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.608) and connected on a NESCAC-best 100 free throws. Additionally, she was dominant on the offensive boards as 88 of her 147 rebounds (59.8%) came on the offensive glass.
Bowdoin head coach Adrienne Shibles was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers, winning the honor for the second time in her 11-year career at the helm. Earlier this winter, she became the program's winningest head coach and has posted an astounding 249-64 record at Bowdoin (.795). The Polar Bears posted just the second perfect regular season in program history and earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the 10th time in 11 years under Shibles.
Bowdoin will host an NCAA Regional this weekend at Morrell Gymnasium, opening against Hunter College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the first round.