Castine, ME - The Lady Mariner basketball program welcomed back their alumni on Saturday and celebrated the raising of three jerseys into the Wall of Honor in Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium. 2007 graduates Shelley Gott-Miles, Julia Knights, and Alyssa Burns all had their jerseys honored after distinguished careers at MMA.
Shelley Gott graduated from Maine Maritime in 2007 ending her basketball career as the programs all time leading scorer with 1600 total points. She amassed 826 total rebounds, 169 total assists, and a school record 202 total three point field goals. Shelley hit many big shots in her career but none bigger that the three point shot at the buzzer to defeat #1 ranked team in the nation, Bowdoin College, and break their 76 home game winning streak. Shelley's shot helped put the Lady Mariners on the map and following the victory the Lady Mariners became the 18th ranked team in the nation. Shelley was also an all-conference selection all 4 years here at MMA and was the NAC Rookie of the Year. "Shelley was the toughest player to wear a Lady Mariner uniform. She always set the tone for us defensively and never backed down from taking the big shot", stated Head Coach Craig Dagan.
Julia Knights also graduated in 2007 and played for parts of five years, red-shirting one of them due to a knee injury. Julia ended her basketball career here with a total of 1,570 points, 1,003 rebounds, 169 blocks and 240 assists. She is 2nd all-time in scoring, the only female to ever reach 1,000 rebounds, and the program leader in blocks. Head Coach Craig Dagan expressed his thoughts in regards to Julia, "Julia was the heart and soul of this program for five years and was an integral part of the MMA community". Julia was a two-time academic all-conference selection, a three-time all-conference selection, and was named the rookie and player of the year in her first season in Castine.
"These three ladies were exceptional players and exceptional teammates. They combined for 103 wins and just 30 losses in their careers and were 50-5 against NAC schools when they were on the floor together. They made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and along with the national ranking, they were ranked #3 in the New England region their senior year. They put MMA basketball on the map, and brought so much positive publicity to MMA as a whole" states Dagan.
They join fellow Lady Mariners Vanessa LeBlond-Vigue in the Wall of Honor along side former volleyball standout Katie Clapham.