Release courtesy of the Ashland University Sports
DENVER – Ashland University head women's basketball coach Sue Ramsey was named the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year Monday night (Apr. 2) in Denver. At the same time, AU junior forward Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) was named the State Farm/WBCA NCAA Division II Player of the Year. Both awards were announced in Denver where tonight's NCAA Division I national title game will be played.
Ramsey is in her 17th season at Ashland. She guided the Eagles to a 33-2 record this season and a spot in the NCAA Division II national championship game. The Eagles ended the year ranked second in the country. AU put together a 33-game winning streak, the longest in the country by any NCAA Division II team – men or women. AU went through GLIAC play undefeated. The Eagles won the first GLIAC basketball championship in school history.
This was AU's third trip to the NCAA playoffs. All three have come with Ramsey on the Ashland bench. Ramsey is also the 2011-12 GLIAC Coach of the Year. Ramsey has won 287 games at AU, no women's coach in the program's history has won more games. Ramsey's record as a college coach is 382-326 in 25 years.
Daugherty led the nation in rebounding (14.1 rpg.) and double-doubles (27). She was seventh in scoring (21.3 ppg.). Daugherty was also the GLIAC Player of the Year, the GLIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year and NCAA Division II Midwest Tournament Most Valuable Player. She posted the only triple-double in school history and set a school, single-game record for rebounds (24). Daugherty set NCAA Tournament records for rebounds (95) and field goals (56) and finished one point shy of a tournament record for points (148).
Daugherty is also a finalist for the Collegiate Women Sports Award for NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year. That award will be presented in June in Los Angeles.