LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates first-year student Nina Davenport wasn't even a member of the Bates women's basketball team at the start of the 2014-15 season, but by the end she emerged as the clear top rookie player of any Division III player in Maine.
On Wednesday, the 5-foot-11 forward from Freeport, Maine, was named Maine Rookie of the Year by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Davenport was not a part of Bates' first nine games this season. She joined the team at the conclusion of the fall semester in December, after transferring to Bates from the University of Maine, and made an immediate impression by scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in her Bobcat debut, an 84-71 loss to MIT.
After the Bobcats lost the on-court services of their top scorer, senior Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), to a season-ending injury, Davenport's prominence on the team soon expanded. She scored 15 points against NESCAC champion Tufts on Jan. 24 and was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in Bates' next game, Jan. 30 at Wesleyan. In her first start, Davenport exploded for 29 points.
Over Bates' final seven games -- Davenport's seven starts, six of them against NESCAC opponents -- the rookie averaged 23.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She is the NESCAC's second-leading scorer in conference games, at 17.1 points per game -- just 0.4 behind conference leader Mackenzie Griffin of Trinity.
MWBCA 2015 All-State Teams
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March 12, 2015 72 Bobcats named NESCAC Winter All-Academic
March 11, 2015 Six Bobcats gain NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors
March 11, 2015 Davenport named Maine Rookie of the Year
February 14, 2015 Women's hoops scores 77-67 overtime win over Colby in season finale
February 13, 2015 Women's hoops nears upset of No. 18 Bowdoin behind Davenport's 34
February 10, 2015 Women’s basketball comes up short in game with St. Joe's
February 7, 2015 Women's hoops nipped 60-54 at Hamilton
February 6, 2015 Women's basketball falls on the road at Williams
February 2, 2015 Davenport named New England Rookie of the Week by NEWBA
January 31, 2015 Connecticut College pulls away from women's hoops in second half
January 30, 2015 Davenport scores 29 points in women's hoops loss at Wesleyan
January 24, 2015 No. 5 Jumbos stifle women's basketball at Tufts
January 20, 2015 Davenport named Maine Rookie of the Week by MWBCA
January 17, 2015 No. 3 Amherst too much for women's hoops team
January 16, 2015 Bantams edge women's basketball, 67-64
January 9, 2015 Middlebury cools off women's hoops in NESCAC opener, 65-56
January 6, 2015 Brown leads women's basketball past Lasell, 57-52
January 5, 2015 Brown named player of the week by NESCAC, NEWBA, ECAC, MWBCA
January 3, 2015 Brown, women's basketball shoot past #22 Nor'easters, 76-72
December 31, 2014 Brown propels women's hoops to 80-57 win over Clark
December 30, 2014 MIT shoots past women's basketball at Bowdoin tourney, 84-71
December 3, 2014 Henshaw named Maine Rookie of the Week
December 3, 2014 Women's basketball runs past Maine-Augusta in second half, 80-66
November 30, 2014 Women's basketball falls to Colby for first time in five meetings, 79-54
November 25, 2014 Brown, Calvo spearhead comeback from 18 down to tip USM, 61-60
November 24, 2014 Women's basketball wins by 48 points at UMaine-Machias
November 22, 2014 Women's basketball goes cold in second half as Bowdoin pulls away, 65-48
November 20, 2014 Women's basketball romps to 97-61 win over UMF in home opener
November 18, 2014 Sophomores key women's basketball's 71-65 win at Husson
November 16, 2014 Women's hoops nearly upsets Castleton behind Connors, Coppola
November 15, 2014 Calvo, Brown pace women's basketball past Elms in season opener, 76-58
November 12, 2014 Women's Basketball Preview: Brown's back to lead deeper Bobcat squad