On the eve of the start of the 2019 NCAA Division II women's basketball Midwest Regional at Drury, a pair of Ashland University players earned All-Midwest Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA).
Junior guard/forward Jodi Johnson and junior forward Sara Loomis were named to the D2CCA All-Midwest Region first and second team, respectively, on Thursday (March 14), prior to the No. 4-ranked Eagles' (29-2) regional opener on Friday (March 15) at 9:30 p.m. East/8:30 p.m. Central vs. Northern Michigan (22-9) in Springfield, Mo.
Johnson, who was the D2CCA Midwest Region Player of the Year and first-team all-region a season ago, is averaging 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season, while making 58.5 percent from the floor, 34.0 percent from 3-point range, and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line.
For Loomis, this is her first D2CCA all-region honor. She is going for 15.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per contest, while hitting 50.6 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 89.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Johnson will move on to the national ballot for 2018-19 D2CCA All-America consideration. She is joined on the region first team by Grand Valley State junior center Cassidy Boensch, Drury junior forward Hailey Diestelkamp, Findlay senior forward Anna Hintz and Lewis senior forward Jessica Kelliher, who is the region's Player of the Year.
Loomis is on the second team, along with Maryville junior guard Mary Barton, Walsh freshman guard/forward Quionche Carter, Grand Valley State junior guard Jenn DeBoer, and Drury freshman guard Paige Robinson.