The impressive season turned in thus far by Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder has resulted in a top regional award.
As announced on Tuesday (March 14) afternoon, Snyder is the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) women's basketball Midwest Region Player of the Year, in a vote by the region's sports information directors. Both Snyder and fellow junior forward Andi Daugherty earned D2CCA first-team all-region honors, as well, for the second year in a row.
Snyder is averaging 16.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game this season, while hitting 50.9 percent from the field and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line. Earlier this season, she landed All-Midwest Regional Tournament team, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) second-team Academic All-American, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-GLIAC, All-GLIAC Defensive Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District and six GLIAC South Division Player of the Week honors.
Snyder is the program's second Midwest Region Player of the Year, as current assistant coach Kari (Daugherty) Pickens earned the Daktronics honor in both 2012 and 2013.
Daugherty goes for 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 54.8 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 79.8 percent from the foul line. Among her other 2016-17 awards are Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player, GLIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American, first-team All-GLIAC, All-GLIAC Defensive Team, three GLIAC South Division Player of the Week, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week and CoSIDA Academic All-District.
No. 1-ranked Ashland (34-0) will begin NCAA Division II Elite Eight play on March 21 at 6 p.m. against West Texas A&M (26-8) at Alumni Hall on the campus of Ohio Dominican in Columbus, Ohio.