April 9 – DANBURRY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference has recently announced that Bethany College women’s basketball freshman, Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) has been named the ECAC Division III South Regional Co-Rookie of the Year.
Daugherty adds the award as a bookend to a season that saw her earn Presidents’ Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors, as well as a Second-Team All-PAC selection.
Not short on regular-season recognition, Daugherty earned weekly honors eight different times, including two PAC Player of the Week awards; four ECAC Division III South Region Rookie of the Week honors and one ECAC DIII South Player of the Week honor. She was also named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on February 3 after averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds in games against Geneva and Thiel.
Daugherty completed the regular season shooting 49.5 percent from the field while averaging 16.0 points and 8.6 rebounds. She also lead the PAC in offensive rebounds per game (3.7). Her 16 points per game marks the highest scoring average by a Bison freshman since Rosanne Scott was named the league’s scoring champion in 1996-97 (15.1).
The freshman forward appeared in all 26 games for the Green & White, starting the last 21 contests of the season. In the final game of the season, Daugherty did something that hadn’t been done since 2005-06, when she broke the 400-point mark for the season. Daugherty finished the year with 416 total points, the most since Jenny Place scored 499.
Over the course of the year, Daugherty had amassed 11 double-doubles, more than anyone else in the conference. She also finished the year with nine, 20-point games, ranking fourth in the PAC.