Grand Valley State has Player and Coach of the Year in Women's GLIAC Basketball

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BAY CITY, Mi. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-GLIAC women's basketball teams. Awards were presented at the GLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament banquet Friday at Grand Valley State University.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Cassidy Boensch, Grand Valley State

Grand Valley State junior center Cassidy Boensch (Au Gres, Mich.) led the Lakers to their first GLIAC regular season title since the 2005-06 season with her stellar all-around play. She was the league leader in 11 different categories, including points (20.3) and rebounds (12.2), as she averaged a double double throughout the season. She also led in blocks (92), defensive rebounds (244), total rebounds (342), and individual double doubles, completing the feat 20 times so far this season. She became just the third Laker in program history – and first since 2002 – to record a triple double when she scored 13 blocks, rejected 12 shots and pulled down 11 rebounds against Wayne State earlier this season. She was named the GLIAC Player of the Week four times throughout the season, including three straight weeks from February 4-18. Boensch ranks third nationally in double doubles, fifth in defensive rebounds, and eighth in total rebounds and blocked shots.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Ellie Mackay - Michigan Tech

Ellie Mackay, a guard from Novi, Mich., has made a major impact for the Huskies in her first collegiate season. Mackay is firing in 9.7 points per game and is fifth in the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage (41.7 percent) as the Huskies prepare to battle Ashland in the semifinals on Saturday. Mackay pulls in 2.9 rebounds and deals out 1.7 assists each time she takes the floor this season. She has played in all 29 games and has 19 starts in the stat sheet this year. Mackay dropped in a season/career high 18 points against Northwood on Dec. 1 and dialed in five treys against Saginaw Valley State on February 9.

COACH OF THE YEAR - Mike Williams, Grand Valley State

Grand Valley State head coach Mike Williams has guided the Lakers to their first outright GLIAC regular season title since the 2005-06 season after they posted a 19-1 conference record to go with their 26-2 overall mark. Williams is taking home his first conference coach of the year award. In his first four seasons with the Lakers, Williams has amassed a 102-27 (.791) record, including a 66-17 (.795) mark against GLIAC opponents, and became the fastest coach in program history to surpass the 100-win mark. He has coached 14 All-GLIAC honorees, has made three consecutive GLIAC championship game appearances, and is on track to make his fourth straight NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance.

Below are the all-conference teams:

2018-19 GLIAC Women's Basketball Postseason Awards & All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year
Cassidy Boensch - Grand Valley State

Freshman of the Year
Ellie Mackay - Michigan Tech

Coach of the Year
Mike Williams - Grand Valley State

2018-19 All-GLIAC First Team
Jodi Johnson Ashland Jr. G/F Wadsworth, Ohio
Cassidy Boensch Grand Valley Jr. C Au Gres, Mich.
Jenn DeBoer Grand Valley State Jr. G Byron Center, Mich.
Sara Loomis Ashland Jr. F Malvern, Ohio
Renee Stimpert Ashland Jr. G Ashland, Ohio
Darby Youngstrom Northern Mich. Sr. G Cook, Minn.
Abbie Botz Michigan Tech Jr. F Little Chute, Wis.
Lexi Smith Northern Michigan So. G/F St. Germain, Wis.
Ellie Taylor Northwood So. G Midland, Mich.
Carolina Rahkonen Parkside Jr. F Espoo, Finland

2018-19 All-GLIAC Second Team
Maddie Dackin Ashland Sr. G Lima, Ohio
Elizabeth Kelliher Michigan Tech Sr. F Waukesha, Wis.
Natalie Koenig Grand Valley State Sr. G Wauseon, Ohio
Alexis Bush Ferris State Sr. G Caledonia, Mich.
Maddie Dailey Grand Valley State Jr. F Hastings, Mich.
Ja'Nae Williams Wayne State Sr. G Detroit, Mich.
Jessica Schultz Northern Mich. Jr. F/C Mineral Point, Wis.
Jenna Falkenberg Davenport Jr. C Saginaw, Mich.
Cassidy Trotter Michigan Tech So. G Beaver Dam, Wis.
Ali Bettencourt Parkside Gr. G/F El Dorado Hills, Cal.

2018-19 All-GLIAC Defensive Team
Cassidy Boensch Grand Valley Jr. C Au Gres, Mich.
Jodi Johnson Ashland Jr. G Wadworth, Ohio
Ja'Nae Williams Wayne State Sr. G Detroit, Mich.
Sara Loomis Ashland Jr. F Malvern, Ohio
Victoria Hedemark Grand Valley Jr. G Dansville, Mich.
Maddie Dailey Grand Valley State Jr. F Hastings, Mich.
Taylor Stephen Parkside Jr. G Connersville, Ind.
Cassidy Trotter Michigan Tech So. G Beaver Dam, Wis.
Jessica Schultz Northern Mich. Jr. F/C Mineral Point, Wis.
Sydney Dillinger Northern Mich. Sr. G Houghton, Mich.