Coach of the Year Kissy Walker Sees Five Players Garner NAC All-Conference Awards

Coach of the Year Kissy Walker Sees Five Players Garner NAC All-Conference Awards

WATERVILLE, Maine - Husson University claimed four of the five major awards with Defensive Player of the Year Joan Overman, Rookie of the Year Bailey Donovan, Senior Scholar Athlete Nicole Tapparo, and Coach of the Year Kissy Walker. This marks the first time in HU women's basketball program history that an Eagle has been named Senior Scholar Athlete and the first time in 20 years that Husson saw three players earn spots on the All-NAC First Team. 

Maine Maritime Academy senior Melinda Ogden is the 2020 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Year. 

In addition to the major conference awards, 11 student athletes were named to the All-Conference First and Second Teams. Head coaches nominate and vote for All-Conference teams and major awards.

Eight players were also selected to the Sportsmanship Team. The NAC Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees positively affect the women's basketball culture and game environment by clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity beyond the sport playing rules and etiquette.

The 2020 NAC Women's Basketball Championship tournament is underway, with the final four scheduled for this weekend at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Semifinal games between #1 Husson and #5 NVU-Lyndon, and #2 Maine Maritime and #3 UMaine-Farmington, are Friday, February 28th. The championship game will be Saturday, February 29th. 



Player of the Year



Melinda Ogden (Winterport, Maine) - Maine Maritime

Melinda Ogden (Winterport, Maine) is the 2020 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Ogden's 77 three-pointers, and 3.08 three-point field goals per game average, rank her tenth and twelfth in all of Division III, respectively. The First Team All-Conference selection led the NAC with 44 three-pointers in conference games, and ranked in the top three with 201 points, 14.4 points per game, and 19.6 points per 40 minutes. She also sank 82.6 percent (19-23) of her free throw attempts in conference action. This season, Ogden reached new career-highs in field goal percentage (41.6) and three-point percentage (38.1). Ogden's stellar season saw her reach 1000 points, tie a program record with 33 points in a single game, set a new team standard with nine three-pointers made in a single game, and become the program's all-time leader in career threes made. In addition to her impressive offense, the senior guard is also a talented defender who collected 17 steals, two blocks, and 44 defensive rebounds in conference action.






Defensive Player of the Year



Joan Overman (Washburn, Maine) - Husson

Joan Overman (Washburn, Maine) is the 2020 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. The First-Team All Conference selection led the league averaging 2.7 steals per game (38 total) in conference action. She also registered four blocks and 76 total rebounds (5.4 per game) in conference contests, with 45 of those rebounds on the defensive end. Overman matched up against the best offensive guards and forwards in the conference and stifled their scoring output with her tenacity and quickness. Offensively, she controlled the ball efficiently, holding a league-leading 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio, and scored 6.2 points per game.







Rookie of the Year



Bailey Donovan (Island Falls, Maine) - Husson

Bailey Donovan (Island Falls, Maine) is the 2020 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year. Donovan made an immediate impact on the league and earned ten NAC Rookie of the Week awards as well as numerous Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) and New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) accolades. Impressively, Donovan held the best field goal percentage in all of Division III until recently, where she currently ranks second with a 65.3 shooting percentage. In conference games, Donovan led the league in points (203), points per game (14.5), and points per 40 minutes (25.6), as well as offensive rebounds (45), field goals (83), and field goal percentage (65.4 percent). Factoring in all contests, she led the NAC in all previously listed categories as well as total rebounds (245) and rebounds per game (10.2). She also earned nine double-doubles, all while averaging only 22.6 minutes per game.






Senior Scholar Athlete



Nicole Tapparo (Topsfield, Massachusetts) - Husson

Nicole Tapparo (Topsfield, Massachusetts) is the 2020 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Senior Scholar Athlete. Tapparo maintains a 4.0 cumulative grade point average having earned a 4.0 during every semester at Husson to date, a feat Coach Walker has not seen in 29 years on the court. Double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Tapparo has been recognized by each department's honor society, named to the Husson All-Academic Team three times, and twice to the NAC All-Academic Team so far. She has also earned two prestigious Husson University honors in the "Excellence in School of Legal Studies Award" and the "Tara Gerritsen Excellence in Criminal Justice Award." On the court, the senior guard contributed 15 steals, 13 assists, and 39 rebounds, while averaging 6.5 points per 40 minutes for the Eagles this season.






Coach of the Year



Kissy Walker - Husson

For the second year in a row, and eighth time overall, Husson University head coach Kissy Walker is the North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. Walker's squad went a perfect 14-0 in conference games this season, a first since the 2009-10 campaign. Walker developed the Defensive Player of the Year in Joan Overman, the Senior Scholar Athlete in Nicole Tapparo, and the Rookie of the Year in Bailey Donovan, while also placing three players on the First Team All-Conference. The Eagles led the conference with 70.8 points per game, 16.3 assists per game, 97 three-pointers, and 380 field goals. They were also the most accurate shooters, hitting 43.9 percent from the floor and 39.0 percent from behind the arc. Walker and the team earned the #1 seed in the 2020 NAC Championship Tournament and will host the final four as they strive for their fifth-consecutive North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball title.






NAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference

Name Hometown Year School Position
Bailey Donovan Island Falls, Maine First-Year Husson Center
Melinda Ogden Searsport, Maine Senior Maine Maritime Guard
Lauren Plissey Hermon, Maine Sophomore Maine Maritime Forward
McKenna Brodeur Oakland, Maine Junior UMaine-Farmington Forward
Sydney Allen Corinth, Maine Sophomore Husson Guard
Joan Overman Washburn, Maine Senior Husson Guard/Forward


Second Team All-Conference

Name Hometown Year School Position
Alex Bessey Jay, Maine Junior UMaine-Farmington Guard
Alissa Mitchell Milton, New Hampshire Senior NVU-Lyndon Forward
Kaylee Ravagli Lowell, Massachusetts Sophomore Thomas Guard
Addie Brinkman Farmington, Maine Junior Thomas Forward
Karli Stubbs Auburn, Maine Senior Thomas Guard


Sportsmanship Team

Name Hometown Year School Position
Jeanna Manning Ausable Forks, New York Senior SUNY Canton Guard
Sara Lamb Topsham, Maine Senior UMaine-Farmington Guard
Sami Ireland Howland, Maine Senior Husson Center
Christle Page South Ryegate, Vermont Senior NVU-Johnson Guard
Rylee Moore Livermore, Maine Senior NVU-Lyndon Forward
Emily Melick Sudbury, Massachusetts Senior Maine Maritime Forward
Laura Aroz Tucson, Arizona Senior UMaine-Presque Isle Forward
Nikki Bradstreet Topsham, Maine Junior Thomas Guard


Women's Basketball Major Award Winners

Honor Name Hometown Year Position School
Player of the Year Melinda Ogden Searsport, Maine Senior Guard Maine Maritime
Defensive Player of the Year Joan Overman Washburn, Maine Senior Guard/Forward Husson
Rookie of the Year Bailey Donovan Island Falls, Maine First-Year Center Husson
Senior Scholar Athlete Nicole Tapparo Topsfield, Massachusetts Senior Guard Husson
Coach of the Year Kissy Walker       Husson