Daugherty, Gerbec Earn Capital One First Team Academic Honors

Kari Daugherty (44)
Kari Daugherty (44)

            Ashland University's Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) and Daiva Gerbec (Dublin, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) have been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Women's Basketball Team. Both players are first team selections. The team was announced today.

            Daugherty is also the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America of the year.

            The team is selected by sports information directors from around the nation. This is the first time on the team for both Daugherty and Gerbec. Both players are seniors.

            "This is a remarkable accomplishment for these individuals and it reflects highly on Sue Ramsey and her women's basketball program," said AU director of athletics Bill Goldring. "You don't want to say it's a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment, but it might be in that category."

            "What can you say," Ramsey said. "They epitomize what Ashland University women's basketball stands for – excellence in the classroom, excellence on the court and excellence as people. It's academic and athletic performance. It's an amazing accomplishment for amazing young ladies."

            Daugherty is a middle childhood education major with a 3.97 GPA. She is averaging 22.5 ppg., and 15.0 rpg. Daugherty is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent from three-point range. The senior leads the GLIAC in scoring and rebounding. She holds the NCAA Division II record for consecutive double-doubles (34). Daugherty has 17 double-doubles this season.

            In 2011-12, Daugherty was the NCAA Division II player of the year, the Honda Sports Award NCAA Division II female athlete of the year and a first team All-American. She was the GLIAC player of the year, the most outstanding player at the GLIAC Tournament, the Midwest Region player of the year and the outstanding player at the Midwest Regional Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Elite Eight. She set tournament records for rebounds (95) and field goals (56) and was one point shy of the tournament record for points.

            A year ago, Daugherty led the nation in rebounding (14.1 rpg.) and double-doubles (27). She averaged a school record 21.3 ppg. She established school, single season records for points (744), rebounds (492), field goals (284) and field goal attempts (565). Daugherty led the Eagles to the NCAA Division II championship game a year ago. AU was 33-2 last season.

            Gerbec is a biochemistry major with a 3.94 GPA.

            Gerbec missed all of last season due to injury. This year, she is averaging 14.7 ppg., 9.2 rpg., and is shooting 59.1 percent from the floor. Gerbec is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage and 22nd in double-doubles (10). She is the GLIAC leader in field goal percentage, is fifth in rebounding and 10th in scoring.

            Two years ago, Gerbec was named first team All-GLIAC and was an honorable mention All-American.  She was also a first team all-region choice and a member of the GLIAC all-defensive team. Gerbec led the conference in rebounding and she was 15th in the country in rebounds per game and 25th in free throw percentage (.851).

            Daugherty is 11th in career scoring at AU with 1,149 points and Gerbec is tied for 13th with 1,082 points.

            Ashland is 25-1 this season, 18-1 in GLIAC play. The Eagles are ranked third in the country. They play their final regular season home game tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.) against Ohio Dominican.

            The GLIAC had three of the five players on the 2012-13 Capital One First Team. In addition to the Ashland duo, Michigan Tech guard Samanthan Hoyt was named to the first unit.


2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Team

Name                          School                         Yr.      GPA   Major

Lauren Battista           Bentley                        Jr.        3.94     Marketing/Liberal Studies

Brittany Cox               Pfeiffer                        Sr.        3.96     Sports Management

Kari Daugherty         Ashland                      Sr.       3.97     Middle Childhood Education

Daiva Gerbec             Ashland                      Sr.       3.94     Biochemistry

Samantha Hoyt           Michigan Tech            Sr.        3.94     Mathematics