In many ways, the 2016-17 season for Ashland University's women's basketball team has been one of firsts.
That continued on Friday (March 3) night, as Eagle junior forward Laina Snyder (Player of the Year), freshman guard Jodi Johnson (Freshman of the Year) and head coach Robyn Fralick (Coach of the Year) swept the 2016-17 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball postseason awards.
It is the first time in GLIAC women's basketball history that one team has received all three awards in the same season.
Fralick is 2-for-2 in winning GLIAC Coach of the Year honors, as she also won in her first season guiding the Eagles in 2015-16. In 2016-17, she led Ashland to an undefeated regular season (28-0) for the first time, to the first 20-0 GLIAC women's basketball regular season, the program's fourth regular-season conference title in the last six years and its sixth GLIAC South championship in the last seven seasons.
This is Ashland's third GLIAC Coach of the Year honor – Fralick the last two seasons and Sue Ramsey in 2011-12.
Snyder finished the regular season averaging 17.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, while hitting 51.3 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line. She led the GLIAC during the regular year in rebounding and steals, while finishing tied for sixth in assists and fourth in blocks. Snyder earned six GLIAC South Player of the Week awards this season.
This also is AU's third GLIAC Player of the Year award, with current assistant coach Kari (Daugherty) Pickens winning in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Johnson ended the regular year third on the team at 12.0 points per game, while also going for 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per contest. She hit 53.2 percent from the field and 84.8 percent from the foul line, good for fifth in the conference. Johnson finished the regular season with a career-high 20 points at home against Tiffin on Feb. 23.
Ashland has had four GLIAC Freshmen of the Year – Johnson, Andi Daugherty (2014-15), Suzy Wollenhaupt (2013-14) and Amber Rall (2003-04).
Both Snyder and Daugherty landed on the All-GLIAC first team. It is both Snyder's and Daugherty's second first-team citation in a row. Daugherty averaged 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during the regular season, while hitting 55.8 percent from the field and 75.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Ashland also landed a pair of All-GLIAC second-teamers – Johnson and senior guard Kelsey Peare. For Peare, who is the top 3-point shooter in the country and went for 11.3 points per game while hitting 54.0 percent from downtown during the regular year, this is her first time on the All-GLIAC squad.
Three Eagles – Snyder, Daugherty and senior guard Alex Henning (6.2 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 74 assists, 50 steals during regular season) – all earned spots on the All-GLIAC defensive team for the second season in a row.
At the end of the GLIAC Final Four banquet on Friday night, Ashland was awarded with the team trophy for the 2016-17 conference regular-season championship.