Beaulieu, Nason pick up Maine state hoops awards
LEWISTON, Maine — A day after receiving NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, Bates senior Allie Beaulieu won the Maine Player of the Week award, while first-year teammate Chelsea Nason was named Rookie of the Week by the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday. Both players played vital roles in the Bobcats’ exciting 3-0 week, which included wins over Bowdoin, Colby and the University of New England.
Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) began the week by dropping in 20 points, tying for the team lead with senior Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.), and playing the full 45 minutes in Bates’ 59-58 overtime triumph over UNE on Tuesday night. She shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, to go along with four assists, four rebounds and a blocked shot in the game.
The 5-foot-9 guard posted 22 points and 10 rebounds, tying for her career-high on the boards and registering her second career double-double, as Bates edged Bowdoin 63-57 on Thursday night. She didn’t leave the floor for the third straight game and shot 6-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Beaulieu was held to seven points on Saturday, but she drew an outsized amount of defensive attention as the Bobcats defeated Colby 62-49. Beaulieu has logged 241 of a possible 245 minutes in the six games since sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) has been out with an injury, and Bates has gone 4-2 in those games.
Beaulieu also won NESCAC Player of the Week honors in January 2010, during her rookie season with the Bobcats. Today Beaulieu is Bates’ all-time leader in 3-pointers, with 164, and stands just 42 points away from becoming the 18th woman in team history to score 1,000 career points.
Nason (Boxford, Mass.) had her first career double-double in the win over UNE, with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with two steals, and went on to average 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals for the week. Nason led the Bobcats in scoring (15) and rebounding (8) in Saturday’s win over Colby, shooting 6-of-7 from the field in the contest. On the week she shot 11-25 from the field (.440), 4-for-12 from behind the three-point arc (.333) and 8-9 from the line (.889).