For just the second time in program history, Ashland University's women's basketball team has two Academic All-Americans in the same season.
Announced on Wednesday (March 1) afternoon, Eagle junior forwards Laina Snyder and Andi Daugherty each have earned second-team Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Snyder and Daugherty are two of just 15 NCAA Division II players to earn the honor.
Snyder is 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. On Ashland's all-time lists, she is fifth in scoring (1,441 career points), fourth in rebounding (839 career rebounds) and tied for third in steals (257 career).
A Business Management major, Snyder sports a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 through the 2016 fall semester.
Daugherty is going for 14.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per contest this season, and hits 56.7 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 75.3 percent from the foul line. She is tied for seventh all-time in Ashland history with 1,370 career points, and her 52.5 percent career mark from the floor is fifth-best in Eagle history.
Daugherty becomes just the second player in the 50-season history of Ashland women's basketball to earn two Academic All-American honors, after also landing on the second team in 2015-16. Sue Rupp earned honorable mention in 1985-86 and a second-team citation in 1986-87.
A Finance major, Daugherty's cumulative GPA through the fall of 2016 is 3.93.
Snyder and Daugherty are the first pair of Eagle women's basketball players to earn Academic All-American laurels in the same season since Kari Daugherty and Daiva Gerbec each landed on the first team in 2012-13. The Ashland women's basketball program now has 10 Academic All-American awards all-time.