Hours before they play at home in the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament championship game, three Ashland University women's basketball players were named among the best in the region by the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA).
On Monday (March 12) morning, the D2CCA All-Midwest Region team was released, and sophomore guard Jodi Johnson was named the region's Player of the Year, while Johnson and senior forwards Laina Snyder and Andi Daugherty all earned spots on the region's first team.
Johnson joins Snyder (2016-17) and current Ashland associate head coach Kari (Daugherty) Pickens (2011-12 and 2012-13) as Ashland Daktronics/D2CCA region Player of the Year. So far in 2017-18, Johnson is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.7 steals per game, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field, 60.4 percent from 3-point range and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Both Snyder and Daugherty have garnered first-team D2CCA all-region honors for the third consecutive season. Snyder is averaging 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game, and shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the foul line. Daugherty goes for 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals per contest, and hits 54.9 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from 3-point range and 89.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Johnson, Snyder and Daugherty all move on to the D2CCA All-American ballot, and the 2017-18 D2CCA All-American teams will be revealed on March 19.
2017-18 D2CCA ALL-MIDWEST REGION WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Midwest Region Player of the Year: Jodi Johnson, Ashland
Jodi Johnson, Ashland
Laina Snyder, Ashland
Jessica Kelliher, Lewis
Laney Lewis, Ursuline
Andi Daugherty, Ashland
Martha Burse, Indianapolis
Morgan Dahlstrom, Southern Indiana
Anna Hintz, Findlay
Kaydie Grooms, Southern Indiana
Hailey Diestelkamp, Drury