NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's basketball celebrated the end of another successful with their eighth annual end of the semester team meal at the Pizzetta Brick Oven Pizzeria in scenic downtown Mystic.
Head Coach Brian Wilson commended the team on its achievement in reaching the NESCAC Championship for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. The Camels posted 16 wins against just nine losses for an impressive .640 winning percentage and continued to excel both on the court and in the classroom as one of the top teams in the region.
Wilson also presented four individual awards at the dinner.
Sophomore forward Meg (Meggie) Corcoran of Milton, Mass. was recognized with the Unsung Hero Award for the second consecutive year. The Unsung Hero Award is presented to the Camel women's basketball player who makes contributions to the team that are not easily recognizable through statistics.
"Receiving this award for the second consecutive season speaks to Meggie's value to our program," Coach Wilson said. "Whether it's picking up a struggling teammate or rotating over on defense to take a charge, Meggie is a wonderful teammate who makes significant contributions to our success both on and off the court."
First year forward Nancy Coulverson of South Ozone Park, N.Y. was honored as the Camels' Most Improved Player.
"Nancy got better and better over the course of this season," Coach Wilson asserted. "She made an immediate impression on all of us with her coachability and desire to improve. She is far from her basketball ceiling and we are excited to watch her development over the upcoming years."
The Jennifer Shinall '12 Work Ethic Award is presented to the team's hardest worker. For the second straight year, this accolade was presented to Caroline Pangallo of Fairfield, Conn.
"In two years of coaching her, I cannot recall any coach on our staff ever having to ask Caroline to go harder in a drill, practice, or game," Coach Wilson said. "In addition to the tremendous effort she gives at practice and during games, Caroline consistently works on her game and fitness outside of practice on her own time."
But Pangallo wasn't done yet. She was honored with the Players' Award. This honor recognizes the player who consistently puts her teammates and the team ahead of herself.
"We are pleased to see Caroline join the impressive group of Connecticut College Women's Basketball players whose selflessness and team-first attitude have been recognized by their teammates as recipients of the Players' Award," Coach Wilson said. "Caroline joins Caitlin Cimino, Kaitlyn Cresencia, and Willa McKinley as recent award winners who consistently demonstrated all of the qualities of what it means to be a great teammate."
All of the aforementioned honors were determined by a team vote.
Other Conference Honors for the Camels This Season Included:
2017 All-NESCAC Second Team:
Mairead Hynes, Jr. Mahopac, N.Y. Forward
Liz Malman, Sr. Mendham, N.J. Guard
NESCAC Championship Qualifier, #6 Seed
NESCAC Player of the Week
Payton Ouimette, December 12, 2016. So. Medfield, Mass. Forward