Husson's Guerrette Named to NEWBA & D3hoops.com All-Region Teams; Walker Selected as NEWBA Coach of the Year
The New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) has announced its award winners and All-Region selections for the 2016-17 season, while D3hoops.com has released its 16th annual D3hoops.com Women's All-Region Teams. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) saw one student-athlete and one coach honored, as Husson senior guard Chandler Guerrette (Presque Isle, Maine) was selected to the NEWBA second team and D3hoops.com Northeast third team, while the Eagles' head coach Kissy Walker was tabbed NEWBA Coach of the Year.
Walker earned NEWBA Coach of the Year for the first time in her career after being honored as the NAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England DIII Coach of the Year for the first time during her Husson career. In her 26th season at the helm, she led the Eagles to their first back-to-back NAC Championship Titles since the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Eagles mentor led her team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths for the second time in program history which resulted in the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory over DeSales, 74-72, on March 3, 2017, resulting into the program's first national tournament win in 25 years.
Her 2017 squad recorded their fourth-consecutive season with at least 15 wins, and second-consecutive 20-win season for the first time since the 1995 and 1996 seasons, while tying the program's NCAA era win mark in a single-season with a 23-5 record, their best record under Walker since the 1993 season.
Husson ended conference play ranked in the top-two in 11 categories, leading the league in field goals made per game (28.3), free-throw percentage (71.4 percent), offensive rebounds per game (17), assists per game (16.3), steals per game (16.3), points per game (76.3) and turnovers forced (28.2). Walker coached two student-athletes to the NAC all-conference first-team, Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State, ECAC All-New England honors in addition to helping Guerrette gather NAC and ECAC Player of the Year, and D3Hoops All-Northeast Region Third Team honors.
Guerrette continues to accrue honors earning her first career NEWBA All-Region selection, becoming the first Eagle player in program history to achieve this honor since Shelby Bradford falling the 2010 season and is the second Eagle player in program history to be selected to the D3hoops.com team, while this marks the first time in program history that Husson as had back-to-back players earn All-Northeast Region honors.
She was tabbed the 2017 NAC Player of the Year, the 2017 NAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season, the ECAC New England DIII Player of the Year, while earning her fourth career All-NAC and All-NAC Tournament selections, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-Conference and Conference All-Tournament honors all fours years of their career, in addition to being selected to the 2017 MWBCA All-State First Team, the ECAC All-New England First Team and to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team.
This season, she led the team in free throws made (97) and attempts (121), assists (102), steals (98), assists per game (3.6), steals per game (3.5) and ranked second in points (403), points per game (14.4), 3-point field goals made (44) and attempts (140), field goals made (131) and attempts (331), defensive rebounds (86), and defensive rebounds per game (3.1). The guard finished the season ranked in the top-10 in 11 different conference statistical categories, including leading the league in steals and steals per game.
In 105 career games played, Guerrette tallied 1,333 points, 294 assists, 410 rebounds, 255 steals, and 18 blocks, while shooting 39.1 percent (435-1112) from the floor, 32.0 percent (134-421) from behind the arc and 76.0 percent (329-435) from the free throw line. She averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in her career.
She will finish her career ranked among the program's career leaders in points (3rd), scoring average (11th), field goals made (10th), field goals attempted (6th), 3-point field goals made (6th), 3-point field goals attempted (3rd), 3-point FG percentage (17th), free throws made (4th), free throws attempted (5th), free throw percentage (14th), rebounds (23rd), assists (9th), assists average (2.8), steals (5th), steals average (tied for 6th), and games played (tied for 18th).
Guerrette earned All-NAC Sportsmanship honors in 2016 and was chosen as the MWBCA and NAC Rookie of the Years in 2014, while being selected to the MWBCA All-Rookie Team as well.
Off the court, Guerrette earned All-NAC Academic team honors in 2016.
She became the 15th Eagle captain to record 1,000 career points on December 30, 2016 in a double overtime loss to Guilford.
Guerrette is the only player in NAC history to be named Player and Defensive Player of the Year in same season and the only player to earn Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year honors in the conference's and Husson's women's basketball histories, while becoming the second player in program history to achieve both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors.
The formidable duo of Guerrette and Kenzie Worcester became the first pair of teammates to record over 400 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 50 steals in a single season in program history, while helping Husson tie the NCAA era school record for wins in a single-season with 23 en-route to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory over DeSales, 74-72, on March 3, 2017, resulting into the program's first national tournament win in 25 years.
--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information
Nominations for NEWBA awards and All-Region were submitted by both coaches and sports information directors in the region, and selections were made based on a vote of the coaches.
D3hoops.com honorees were nominated by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. There were 723 men's and women's student-athletes nominated nationwide. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region.