Kelly earns All-Northeast Region honors

Meredith Kelly '14 added All-Northeast Region First Team honors to her postseason awards list. (File photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Women's basketball senior Meredith Kelly has earned 2014 All-Northeast Region First Team honors, the website announced on Monday.

The Cohasset, Mass., native continues to add to her postseason honors as earlier this week, she gained NEWBA First Team All-New England laurels from the New England Women's Basketball Association.

Joining Kelly on the All-Northeast Region First Team were Leslie Leong of Wellesley, Hannah Brickley of Trinity, Vandell Andrade of Rhode Island College, and Hayley Kanner of Tufts who was also the region's player of the year.

Earlier this 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.

Kelly 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.