DANBURY, CT - Former Western Connecticut State University women's basketball standout, Melissa Teel ('11), will be inducted to the 2018 Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on April 19, 2018.
She graduated with a degree in Secondary Education-English 7-12 and is currently a teacher in the Danbury school system.
"Melissa is a great choice for induction to the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame because not only did she achieve individual success but she was a big reason for the team's success," stated WestConn head coach Kimberley Rybczyk.
Teel graduated with several individual records including: most rebounds in a career-1,052 (old record was 912); most blocked shots in a career-367 (old record was 133); finished fifth in scoring with 1,184 points; finished fourth in career field goals made with 490 and was the first-ever basketball student-athlete, male or female at WestConn, to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
She was instrumental in guiding the program to three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in her four-year career and helped the Colonials capture two Little East Conference Tournament Championships. During her four years, the team recorded an 88-23 overall record.
"The program has always had a rich tradition of success with 13 NCAA tournament appearances," explained Rybczyk. "Melissa, along with her classmates Kari Spera and Heather Lee helped bring that success back to the forefront."
As for her success on the court, Teel mastered a new skill each year. Her sophomore year she became a very good rebounder, and a year later, she learned the art of blocking shots and led the country in Division III in blocked shots. In her final collegiate campaign, she mastered the turn-around-bank shot and averaged 18 points per game.
"You will not find a more well-rounded person with a contagious personality than Melissa Teel," added Rybczyk. "She epitomizes everything you would want in a student-athlete."
Teel will begin her college coaching career when she joins the WestConn women's basketball staff as an assistant coach this fall.
"She will be a tremendous asset to the players with her positive energy and enthusiastic personality," said Rybczyk.
Below is a list of honors bestowed upon Teel throughout her stellar career in a Colonials' uniform
§ Invited to participate in the USA D-3 ALL-STAR TEAM tour in Brazil August 2010.
§ 2011 STATE FARMS COACHES ALL-AMERICAN (only the 3rd in program history)
§ 2011 ALL-MET Division III Co-Player of the Year
§ 2011 NEWBA (New England Women's Basketball Association) Player of the Year
§ 2011 ECAC Division III New England First Team
§ 2011 D3Hoops Northeast All-Region First Team
§ 2011 First player in the Little East Conference to ever be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same year.
§ Named to the Little East Conference 25th Anniversary Team
§ 2011 Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year
§ 2011 single game scoring record with 39-points in LEC Championship game
§ 2010 & 2011 Little East Conference Player of the Year
§ 2010 & 2011 Little East Conference Most Outstanding Player of the Year
§ 2010 & 2011 Little East Conference First Team
§ 2010 Led the country in Division III for blocked shots.
§ 2010 Women's Division III News All-American Fifth Team
§ 2010 Little East Conference All-Defensive Team
§ 2009 Little East Conference All-Defensive Team
Teel will join former WestConn players Trish Neary (1998), Jennifer Dayton (2001) and Amy Matthews McKenna (2013) in the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this coming spring.