HADLEY, Mass. – Senior forward Maddie Bledsoe of the Wesleyan University women's basketball team has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week following an impressive performance at the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament this past weekend, in which she guided the Cardinals to two wins en route to MVP honors.
Bledsoe averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in two wins over the University of Maine-Presque Isle (98-22) and Westfield State (88-76). On Friday, she scored 11 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting while also pulling in seven rebounds and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes of action. The following day, in the tournament championship game, she recorded career-highs of 18 points and 21 rebounds in the win over a strong Westfield State team. Bledsoe was 12-of-13 from the charity stripe and also dished out three assists, blocked a shot and recorded a steal.
The senior forward has played a significant role in Wesleyan's impressive start to the 2017-18 season in which the Cardinals boasts a 5-1 record with their only loss coming against defending national champions and then-No. 1 Amherst. Through six games, Bledsoe already has two double-doubles including an 11-point, 16-rebound performance versus Drew. She currently leads the NESCAC in rebounding (11.7 rebounds/game) and ranks 16th in scoring (11.2 points/game).
The Newton, Mass. native is the first Cardinal to be named NESCAC Player of the Week since Eileen Gaffney '12 on January 30, 2012.
Wesleyan returns to the court Wednesday, Dec. 6 and will host Manhattanville at 7 p.m.