Former women’s basketball standout Joelle Martin ’06 was enshrined in Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame as the sixth individual in Merrimack College Athletics history to be inducted, joining five other individuals and three programs in the Class of 2016 during the NE-10’s annual banquet on Monday evening in Providence, Rhode Island.
Martin joins an impressive list of Merrimack College NE-10 Hall of Famers, becoming the first inductee since men’s lacrosse star Greg Rogowski ’09. Rogowski was inducted as part of the Class of 2014, preceding Steve McAuliffe ’98(Class of 2012) of the men’s soccer program, softball standouts Raffaella Paparo ’96 (Class of 2011) and Kim (Page) Ducharme (Class of 2006) and women’s soccer all-time great Sue Plante ’86 (Class of 2007).
The 1994 national champion softball team also is enshrined in the NE-10 Hall of Fame, as well.
“I’m so grateful and thankful to my former coaches, teammates, family and the fans who supported me during my time with the Merrimack College women’s basketball team,” Martin stated. “My four years on campus were such an exciting and unforgettable time for me, and I’m so grateful and humbled to join a group of such outstanding fellow student-athletes in the NE-10 Hall of Fame.”
Martin ended her career as a two-time All-American, leading the program to its only two Final Four appearances in school history. She finished her time on campus with 2,038 points, the most in school annals, and the lone player to reach the 2,000-point threshold.
That point total also ranks seventh in NE-10 history, while her 314 steals are the second-most at Merrimack and 11th-highest in league history.
The MVP of the 2004 NE-10 Championship was a three-time all-conference selection. Over her four years in North Andover, the Warriors won 89 games, the second-most during any four-year period in the program’s 44-year history.
Martin guided the Navy and Gold to three NCAA Tournaments, the only three times that the program has reached the Big Dance. After helping the team qualify for its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2002-03, Martin and Merrimack won back-to-back regional titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05, reaching the Final Four in each campaign.
The All-American’s name is etched across the Merrimack record book, as she has remained the program’s career leader in scoring average (15.7), field goals made (695) and free-throw percentage (82.6). Additionally, Martin is among the top-10 rebounders (670) and distributors (274 assists) in school history.
Following the conclusion of her playing days in North Andover, Martin played professionally in Europe for over six years; she enjoyed her first stint of professional basketball in Holland before moving to Italy, where she won three championships with two different teams as part of a five-year pro campaign.
Martin eventually returned to her hometown, where she has worked for the City of Somerville (Mass.).