BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team has been recognized in regional awards handed out on Monday.
Headlining the awards for the Polar Bears were Abby Kelly, who was named Northeast Region Player of the Year by D3hoops.com, and head coach Adrienne Shibles, who was named D3hoops.com Regional Coach of the Year and New England Women's Basketball Association Coach of the Year. Kelly was joined by Maddie Hasson and Taylor Choate in All-Region honors.
Abby Kelly was named First Team All-Region by D3hoops.com and First Team NEWBA after a fantastic season that saw her named NESCAC Player of the Year. Choate was recognized as Third Team All-Region by D3hoops.com and First Team NEWBA. Maddie Hasson was Second Team D3hoops.com All-Region and Third Team NEWBA.
Kelly was the NESCAC Player of the Year and a First Team All-NESCAC selection, and led Bowdoin at 14.8 points per game, ranking in the top ten in the NESCAC in points, three-pointers, field goal percentage and steals. She saw double-figures in 27 of 31 games and surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 19 vs. Colby, Her 1,224 points rank seventh at Bowdoin and her 139 three-pointers are fifth in program history.
Choate started all 31 games this season and the last 53 overall for Bowdoin. She was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-NESCAC and leads team with 2.2 steals while placing third on the squad at 13.1 points per game. She was the only NESCAC Player to average at least 12.0 points/3.0 rebounds/3.0 assists/2.0 steals this winter. Choate's 38 points and seven three-pointers in the NCAA Second Round win over Smith both tied single-game school records. She is averaging 17.9 points/3.4 rebounds/2.8 assists/2.5 steals in the postseason.
Hasson was a First Team All-NESCAC selection and led the conference in field goal percentage. She currently second on the team in scoring (14.4) and made a NESCAC-high 119 free throws while 115 of her 193 rebounds (59.6%) were on the offensive glass. Additionally, Hasson posted double-doubles in both Sectional wins last weekend.
Shibles was named NESCAC Coach of the Year two weeks ago after leading the Polar Bears to just their second perfect regular season in school history. Under her direction, the Polar Bears will be making their second-straight "Final Four" appearance this week. Shibles, who has led the Polar Bears to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of her 11 seasons, became the program's winningest head coach earlier this season and currently owns a 253-64 (.798) overall record at Bowdoin.
Bowdoin (30-1) will face St. Thomas (30-1) in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Roanoke College in Virginia.