2016 NAC Women's Basketball All-Conference: Felix, Ferry, Guerrette & McIntyre Claim Top Honors
Husson senior guard Victoria McIntyre (Mars Hill, Maine) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while Eagle junior guard Chandler Guerrette (Presque Isle, Maine) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Maine Maritime freshman forward Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) earned Rookie of the Year honors. UMaine-Farmington senior forward Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Husson head coach Kissy Walker was chosen as the Coach of the Year and ten women's basketball student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2016 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
McIntyre, a Mars Hill, Maine native, has had a fantastic senior year with the Eagles as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-6 and a near-perfect 17-1 mark in NAC play. Impressively, the senior ranked in the top-six in the NAC in made three-point field goals (second, 37), points per game (fourth, 13.7), rebounds per game (sixth, 7.8), and defensive rebounds per game (sixth, 5.4). The guard also finished the regular season tied for seventh in assists per game (2.7), ninth in three-point percentage (36.6%), and tenth in free-throws made (42-64). Earlier this season, McIntyre earned a spot in Husson program history as she surpassed 1,000 points. The senior claimed two NAC Athlete of the Week honors this season.
Guerrette, a junior from Presque Isle, Maine, has been a solid presence for the Eagles throughout the season. The guard averaged 10.7 points against conference opponents, while shooting 44.9 percent (61-of-136) from the field, 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from beyond the arc, and 68.9 percent (31-of-45) from the charity stripe. Her three-point percentage ranked her second in the conference, while her made three point goals were good for sixth, her field goal percentage took ninth, and her points per game were 11th best. The 2014 NAC Rookie of the year also tallied 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 defensive rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.2 steals in NAC action.
Felix, a freshman forward from Mahopac, N.Y., has had a tremendous impact on the Mariners and the conference this season. The rookie claimed the top ranking in NAC action in points with 17 per game, while she shot 49.3 percent (113-of-229) from the floor, which also ranked her No. 1 in field goals made. The forward also finished fourth in free-throw percentage (79.2%), fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.9), and 11th in rebounds per game (6.7). According to the most recent NCAA Division III rankings, her overall field goals made, 167, rank her 50th, while her field goal percentage, 50.9%, ranks her 53rd. Impressively this season, Felix is a seven-time NAC Rookie of the Week, five-time ECAC Rookie of the Week, three-time NAC Player of the Week, and a two-time NEWBA Rookie of the Week selection.
Ferry, a Winslow, Maine native, has been selected as the NAC's first women's basketball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is being recognized for excelling both academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience. The Secondary Education (English) major is a leading example of what it means to be a Division III student-athlete by making the most out of her undergraduate experience. Ferry, who will be serving with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, Africa (2016-2018), earned a spot on the UMF Dean's List seven times, and made the NAC All-Academic Team last season. She is also a member of the UMF Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. In the community, Ferry was awarded the Jill Schwab Award for Leadership and Community Involvement, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life, and with the UMF Special Olympics. In the UMF Admissions office, Ferry is the Student-Athlete Ambassador. She also coaches youth basketball and soccer and was selected as a coach participant at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want to be a Coach" program. Ferry has served the role of UMF and NAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President since 2014. During her tenure as UMF and NAC SAAC President, she represented the conference at the NCAA National Convention in 2015 and 2016. On the court, Ferry ranked second in the NAC in blocks per game (1.8), while also averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game this season. She also shot 72.7 percent (24-of-33) from the free-throw line, which was good for eighth in the league.
Walker, in her 25th season at Husson, is being recognized by her peers as NAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time (2004 and 2009-2011). She led the Eagles to their third-consecutive 15+win season this year and has posted a 170-44 record in the NAC and an impressive 444-240 mark throughout her career. After compiling a 19-6 overall record in the regular season, including a 17-1 record against NAC opponents, the top seeded Eagles will host the NAC Semifinals and Finals this weekend. Husson enters the NAC Tournament ranked in the top 50 in nine Division III categories including a top-30 ranking in turnover margin (eighth, 8.04), three-point field goal percentage (12th, 35.8%), turnovers forced (21st, 23.60), and steals (28th, 303). Husson led the conference in points per game (76.9), steals per game (13.1), three-point field goals made (145) and three-point field goal percentage (38.1%), while also ranking second in field goal percentage (41%), free-throws made (241), and steals per game (15.3).
Joining Felix, Guerrette, and McIntyre on the All-NAC First Team were Castleton senior guard Jade Desroches (Enosburg, Vt.) and UMaine-Farmington senior forward Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine).
Second team selections included Castleton senior forward Bryanna duPont (Marshfield, Vt.), Husson freshman guard Kenzie Worcester (Washburn, Maine), Johnson State junior guard Domonique Carter-Stanley (Norwalk, Conn.), and New England College junior guard Marjani Lillard (Bowie, Md.) and junior forward Breana Ramirez (Paterson, N.J.).
New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the women's basketball culture and game environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the NAC Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Ali Jones (Poultney, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer senior Jessica Shenkel (Sharon, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington's Ferry, Green Mountain senior Torie Cowell (Rochester, N.Y.), Husson's Guerrette, Johnson State senior Allyson Bruckner (Barrnet, Vt.), Lyndon senior Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior Rebekah Campbell (Corinth, Maine), New England College senior guard Maranda Parker (Huntsville, Utah), and Thomas junior Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho).
2016 Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams
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G - Jade Desroches, Senior, Castleton
F - Alayne Felix, Freshman, Maine Maritime
G - Chandler Guerrette, Junior, Husson
G - Victoria McIntyre, Senior, Husson
F - Meghan Smith, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
G - Domonique Carter-Stanley, Junior, Johnson State
F - Bryanna duPont, Senior, Castleton
G - Marjani Lillard, Junior, New England College
F - Breana Ramirez, Junior, New England College
G - Kenzie Worcester, Freshman, Husson
Player of the Year - Victoria McIntyre, Senior, Husson
Defensive Player of the Year - Chandler Guerrette, Junior, Husson
Rookie of the Year - Alayne Felix, Freshman, Maine Maritime
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year - Elizabeth Ferry, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Coach of the Year - Kissy Walker, 25th Season, Husson
Allyson Bruckner, Senior, Johnson State
Rebekah Campbell, Senior, Maine Maritime
Torie Cowell, Senior, Green Mountain
Elizabeth Ferry, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Chandler Guerrette, Junior, Husson
Ali Jones, Senior, Castleton
Tess McClenahan, Junior, Thomas
Maranda Parker, Senior, New England College
Jessica Shenkel, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Aimee Thompson, Senior, Lyndon