Melissa Teel named New England Women's Basketball Association
Player of the Year

from the desk of Mike Raposo - NEWBA Director of Communications

SOUTH HADLEY, MA (Mar. 22) — Western Connecticut State University senior Melissa Teel (Hamden, CT)  has been named NEWBA Player of the Year for the second straight season. 

The center piled up 18.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while starting all 28 contests for the Colonials. One of the most feared defenders in the nation, her 4.3 blocked shots per outing were the second most in all of Division III. Teel finished her senior campaign with 121 swats after turning away a program record 141 shots as a junor. She was also incredibly efficient on the offensive end of the floor, where she converted 60.5% (211-349) of her shots from the floor.

Last week, the 6'2" center was named to the WBCA State Farm Division III All-America Team.

Teel racked up an eye-popping 17 double-doubles en route to earning LEC Player of the Year honors for the second season in a row. She also recorded her first career triple double on 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks in her team's 58-50 triumph over Eastern Connecticut State University on January 25.

One month later, Teel cemented her second consecutive LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award with another dominant performance against Eastern Connectcut State. With the league championship on the line, she exploded for a program record 39 points to lead her team to a resounding 74-58 victory. In addition to grabbing their second straight LEC title, the Colonials punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row.

Teel propelled Western Connecticut State to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, where it fell 82-64 to Kean University. It was the Colonials' 13th all-time appearance in the big dance. They closed out the year with an overall record of 24-4.

Over the course of the season, Teel was named NEWBA/PrestoSports Player of the Week twice. The LEC Defensive Player of the Year finished her outstanding career with 367 blocked shots. Her 1,052 career rebounds are good for tops in program history, and she also netted 1,184 career points to become the first player (female or male) to surpass 1,000 in both categories.

Teel holds Western Connecticut State records for rebounds in a game (25) and blocks in a game (10). The center was recently named to the LEC's 25th Anniversary Team. With her presence in the low blocks, the Colonials limited their opposition to 51.4 points per game