BANGOR — Bethany Sevey has spent most of her basketball career at Husson University blending into the mix.
The former Skowhegan High School standout has provided steady 3-point shooting for coach Kissy Walker’s Eagles, helping them win the North Atlantic Conference title last season. Her play seemed to fit perfectly with her quiet off-court demeanor.
“She never says boo,” said Walker, who explained Sevey is letting her play do the “talking.”
Sevey has emerged as her team’s leading scorer to propel Husson (11-10, 9-1 NAC) back to the top of the conference standings.
The 5-foot-10 senior guard ranks second in NAC play, averaging 22.3 points per game, and leads the league in field goals (80) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.448). Sevey relishes the chance to step to the forefront.
“Basically, this was my time to do it,” Sevey said. “It’s my senior year, so why not go out with bang?”
Sevey said the graduation of two-time NAC Player of the Year Shelby Bradford and a recent injury to junior forward Bree Hanscom of Mattawamkeag have helped bring out more aggressiveness and versatility in her play.
“I knew that someone had to step up to keep our team together, and it was my opportunity to show people that I can play here and I can lead the team, so I think that’s been my motivation,” she said.
Sevey, the reigning Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Co-Player of the Week, ranks second in NAC games with 30 3-pointers and is third with a .523 overall shooting percentage. She is averaging a career-best 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
She has been on a tear of late, averaging 23.2 points in her last nine games and 26.8 ppg over the previous four contests.
At Thomas on Jan. 31, Sevey went 16-for-28 from the floor on her way to a program-record 43 points. It broke the mark of 41 points set by Leslie Weed in 2000.
Sevey also grabbed 10 rebounds against the Terriers for her first career double-double. She said it all seems to be coming together.
“I’m always going to strive to do better, but I’m happy finally with how I’m playing,” she said.
Walker has been pleasantly surprised with how Sevey continues to diversify her game by not just settling for shots from the wing.
“The last few games, she’s posting up and she makes awesome cuts to the basket,” Walker said.
“It’s been from inside and out, which has been the interesting piece to me, because I’ve never thought of her as a post player.”
Walker also said Sevey, who is 96 points away from 1,000 for her career, has developed into a better defender, especially against forwards on the interior.
Sevey, a BDN All-Maine second-team pick in 2007, wants to prove she was deserving of the chance to play at Husson. She transferred to the Bangor school in 2008 after one semester at the University of Southern Maine.
“I knew I had the ability to play here, but my numbers didn’t necessarily show it before,” Sevey said. “I had to find a way, somehow, to dig down and show people that I do belong here. It’s something I found within myself.”
Sevey is majoring in business administration with a concentration in sports management. She doesn’t look forward to playing her last game.
“I have to have basketball in my life somehow. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do without it,” she said.
Husson returns to NAC play with games Friday and Saturday at Green Mountain and Castleton State, respectively. The Eagles are fighting to earn the right to host the league tournament later this month.
Husson’s Hanscom on the mend
Hanscom, a junior forward, returned to limited action Tuesday night after sitting out the previous six games with a knee injury.
Hanscom logged two points, two rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of play in the Eagles’ 75-63 win at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.
“We worked her in about five minutes a half,” Walker said. “The doctors and trainers all said she could go.”
The slippery forward is averaging 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field. She was hurt early in Husson’s Jan. 21 home victory over Castleton State.
“We love Bree and still want her to come back as healthy as she can,” Sevey said. “For us to win we knew we had to come together and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
Hanscom is a two-time, All-NAC first-team selection and was the league rookie of the year in 2009.