Coppola named New England rookie of the week

Allie Coppola '17 capped her first season with the Bates women's basketball team by winning New England Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 17, 2014. (Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

KEENE, N.H. -- First-year forward Allie Coppola received New England Rookie of the Week honors for the final week of the Bates women's basketball team's season, announced Monday by the New England Women's Basketball Association.

Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting .933 (14-15) at the free-throw line, as Bates went 1-1 over the weekend with a loss to No. 21 Bowdoin on Saturday and a 67-40 win in the season finale over Colby on Saturday. Coppola collected 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Bowdoin game, then racked up her seventh double-double of the season against Colby with 11 points, 10 boards and three assists. Coppola has already been named Maine Rookie of the Week twice this season by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Additionally, senior guard Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) was one of five players named to the NEWBA Weekly Honor Roll. Kelly averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals on the week. She finished the season with a 21.6 points-per-game scoring average, breaking the former team record of 20.0 set by Julia Roche in 1989-90. Kelly also became Bates' first player to score 500 points in a season en route to 24 points in a 67-40 win over Colby in the Bobcats' season finale on Saturday.

NEWBA Weekly Awards (Feb. 17, 2014)