Association of Division III Independents Names 2019 All-Independent Women’s Basketball Teams

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --- Kelsey Johnson, a junior forward from Maranatha Baptist University, was named the Player of the Year as the 2019 All-Independent Women's Basketball teams were announced today by the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I).

Johnson, a native of Daggett, Michigan, averaged 16.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 24 games. The junior ranked third in AD3I in points and points per game and second in rebounding. The forward recorded double-digit points in all but four games and was a two-time Player of the Week. Johnson had ten double-doubles and takes home Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.

Ashley Kowack, a freshman guard from UC Santa Cruz, was named the Rookie of the Year after averaging 17.0 points per game. The freshman was second in AD3I in scoring and was a one-time Player of the Month after becoming the first freshman in school history with over 400 points in a season.

Clayton Morrison, head coach at Maranatha Baptist University, was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Sabercats to the NCCAA North Region title, a trip to the National Tournament and an Association-best 18-6 record.

In addition to Johnson, the other members of the first team include Alyssa King, Trinity Washington University; Ashley Kowack, UC Santa Cruz; DarNeisha Brice, The College of New Rochelle; Kaitlin Stephenson, UC Santa Cruz; Ashley Martin, The College of New Rochelle and Kaylee Murphy, UC Santa Cruz.

 

2019 ALL-INDEPENDENT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kelsey Johnson, Maranatha Baptist University

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Ashley Kowack, UC Santa Cruz

COACH OF THE YEAR: Clayton Morrison, Maranatha Baptist University

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-INDEPENDENT

NAME

SCHOOL

YEAR

POS

HOMETOWN

Kelsey Johnson

Maranatha Baptist University

Jr.

F

Daggett, Mich.

Kaitlin Stephenson

UC Santa Cruz

Sr.

F

Palmdale, Calif.

Ashley Martin

The College of New Rochelle

Jr.

F

Queens, N.Y.

Kaylee Murphy

UC Santa Cruz

Fr.

C

Eureka, Calif.

Dar'Neisha Brice

The College of New Rochelle

Jr.

G

California, Md.

Alyssa King

Trinity Washington University

Sr.

G

Baltimore, Md.

Ashley Kowack

UC Santa Cruz

Fr.

G

San Diego, Calif.

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-INDEPENDENT

NAME

SCHOOL

YEAR

POS

HOMETOWN

Callie Morrison

Maranatha Baptist University

Fr.

G

Jefferson, Wis.

Rosa Torres

Maranatha Baptist University

Fr.

G

Farmington, Minn.

Jenna Sparks

UC Santa Cruz

Sr.

F

Castro Valley, Calif.

Alexandria Knight

The College of New Rochelle

Fr.

F

Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Karley Johnson

Maranatha Baptist University

Jr.

F

Daggett, Mich.

 

The Association of Division III Independents consists of four Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions. The Association recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student-athletes on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.

More information about the Association of Division III Independents is available at http://www.d3independents.org.