Feb. 27 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Following a stellar freshman season, which included helping the Bethany College women’s basketball to their most wins since the 2011-12 campaign, Bison forward Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, announced the PAC on Friday evening.
Daugherty, who was also named a Second-Team All-PAC selection, was selected as the Rookie of the Year by a vote from the ten conference coaches. She earned the award by finishing in the top five in the conference in both points per game (5th – 16.0) and rebounds per contest (3rd – 8.6).
The freshman forward appeared in all 26 games for the Green & White, starting the last 21 contests of the season. As the year progressed, Daugherty continued to improve. Her first major leap came in three-straight conference games against Thomas More, Waynesburg and Westminster. In those three contests, Daugherty captured three-straight double-doubles.
Daugherty once again upped her game two weeks later, going on a run of four-straight 20-point scoring performances. She posted a career-high 26 points in a win over Grove City and followed that with 24 points at Saint Vincent. Daugherty then re-broke her career high in back-to-back games, posting 27 in consecutive wins over Geneva and Thiel. With the run, Daugherty became the first Bison since Jenny Place in 2005-06 to capture four-consecutive 20-point games.
In the final game of the season, Daugherty once again 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 Place scored 499.
Not short on regular-season recognition, Daugherty earned weekly honors eight different times, including two PAC Player of the Week awards; four Eastern College Athletic Conference 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, while also leading 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).
At the end of the 2014-15 campaign, 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.