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LEC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Spotlight: Melissa Teel

Melissa Teel

Melissa Teel had a record-setting career during her four years as a member of the women's basketball team at Western Connecticut State University, while leading the Colonials to back-to-back Little East Conference (LEC) regular season and tournament championships her junior and senior seasons.

Teel was named the LEC Player of the Year and the LEC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player in each of those seasons, and was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. She was the first-ever LEC player to be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, and was later named to the LEC's 25th Anniversary Team.

Teel had a breakout season as a junior, averaging 13.9 points and 14.6 rebounds per game while leading the nation in blocked shots with 141. She led WestConn to an overall record of 23-6 and the program's first conference title in six years. In addition to her conference awards that year, she was named an All-American by Women's Division III News and was selected to tour Brazil as a member of the USA D-3 All-Star Team.

The awards poured in following her senior campaign, which saw her average 18.2 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while blocking 121 shots to lead the Colonials to a 24-4 overall record and a second straight Little East title. She was named Player of the Year by the New England Basketball Coaches Association and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, and was named an All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Teel also earned First Team All-New England honors from and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Teel finished her career and to-date is the programs all-time leader in rebounds (1,052) and blocked shots (367), and remains fifth on the team's all-time scoring list with 1,184 career points. She is the only player in program history to achieve 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Teel set the single-season record for rebounds (422), rebounds per game and blocked shots as a junior, and tallied a program-record 211 field goals as a senior. Her 510 points in 2010-11 are second-most in program history.

In the 2011 LEC championship game, Teel went off for a WestConn single-game record 39 points, while totaling a program-record 17 made field goals. She pulled down a program-record 25 rebounds in 77-68 win over Rhode Island College in the 2011 conference semifinals, and blocked a program-record 10 shots in a 58-50 win over Eastern Connecticut January 25, 2011.

Teel earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from Western Connecticut in 2011. She was inducted into the WestConn Athletic Hall of Fame and Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.