(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- University of Maine-Presque Isle women's basketball players Emily Pelletier (Sr./Fort Kent, ME) and Olivia McNally (Jr./Sherman, ME) have been named to the Association of NCAA Division III Independents (AD3I) "All-Independent" 2nd team. Teammate Amanda Hotham (Fr./Fort Fairfield, ME) received "Honorable Mention".
Both McNally and Pelletier earned AD3I "Player of the Week" distinctions during the 2012-13 season.
Pelletier, who narrowly missed a 1st team nod, capped off her collegiate career in style putting up career highs in points, rebounds, assists, free throws, and steals. Included in her season highlights is a game-winning three-pointer over Thomas College during the "Star City Classic". The Owls went 2-0 for the event and Pelletier was named MVP.
February 10th was Pelletier's 22nd birthday. It was also the day that the 5'5 sharpshooter topped 1000 career points with a first half three at the College of St. Joseph. She finished her 4-year career at Presque Isle with 1026 points and 261 made three pointers.
McNally also had a memorable year putting up career highs in every offensive category. While she improved her scoring from 6.2 to 9.4 points per game, it was her ability to fill a box score in other categories that earned her post-season recognition. While starting and playing roughly the same amount of minutes this season as she did in her sophomore campaign, the 5'5 guard more than doubled her rebound totals (57 last year, 121 this season) and nearly tripled her assist totals (30 last year, 81 this season). Perhaps an even more impressive note on ballhandling is that while she dished out 51 more assists, she committed just one more turnover (56 in '11-12 and 57 in '12-13).
During a win on February 3rd over Fisher College, McNally flirted with a triple-double scoring 18 points, notching 9 assists, and pulling down 8 rebounds. In her next game, the physical education major went out against UMaine-Fort Kent and put up a line of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The team's strongest offensive threat from off the bench was Hotham. During a rookie season that was sidetracked by injuries and illness three different times, Amanda proved that, when healthy, she can light up a scoreboard. The local kid from Fort Fairfield had no problem throwing her 5'7 frame around to get rebounds and drive to the basket. For the season she averaged 9.2 points per game, was second on the team with 5.1 rebounds, and despite missing five games, led the team in free throws made and attempted (55-72).
On January 4th, Hotham came off the bench to score 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the field to help beat Fisher College, 56-44.
Later in the month, she began a six-game stretch that saw her average 13 points and 5 rebounds a game.
This marks the first time that three members of the UMaine-Presque Isle women's basketball team have received "All-Independent" recognition in the same year. Owls' athletics has been participating in the AD3I since 2004-2005.
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 10 NCAA Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions, and to provide exempted postseason championship competition in 2012-13. The Association recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student-athletes on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. The Association provides statistical services for its members in seven sports. In addition, it also will announce All-Independent teams at the conclusion of eight other sports this year.
|#12 Emily Pelletier|
|#30 Olivia McNally|
|#22 Amanda Hotham|