STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Franciscan's women's basketball team culminated their most successful season to date, making their first AMCC playoff appearance in program history with three All-Conference Team members: senior Lacey Huck, sophomore Iliana Gonzales, and freshman Sarah Schriner. Schriner was also named Newcomer of the Year and head coach Suzy Delaney won AMCC Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Winning second team for the third year in a row was the team's veteran captain, Huck. The senior once again led the team in more ways than one throughout the semester, finishing highest in rebounds and assists. She also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Though all three women were tied at 335 points and an average of 14 per game at the end of the regular season, following their AMCC playoff game, Huck came in second with 348 points and a 14 point average. She was also the 11th leading scorer in the conference. Having passed the 1,000 point benchmark during the Lady Barons' first game of the season, the senior finished her overall career with 1344 points.
"Words cannot adequately express what Lacey has meant to our program throughout her career," head coach Suzy Delaney said. "We are so proud of the exceptional person Lacey is and all that she has accomplished as a student athlete here at Franciscan."
Named to the Third Team All-Conference for the second year in a row, sophomore returned Gonzales also proved to be a key part of the Lady Barons' offense. The guard followed up last year's debut as Newcomer of the Year, the Lady Barons' highest scorer, and the fifth highest scorer in the AMCC by averaging 13.8 points a game this season.
Gonzales also ranked 12th in the AMCC in points and 10th for her 74.7 percent free throw shooting.
"With the adversity and the responsibilities that Iliana faced this year, it's a great accomplishment for her to finish with such a strong season," Delaney said. "We are excited to see how Ili will continue to help lead our team next season as we move forward as a team and a program."
Joining Gonzales on the All-Conference Third Team was Newcomer of the Year, Schriner. Schriner had an explosive opening season, earning ECAC South Rookie of the Week honors on December 24 and AMCC Player of the Week on February 22. She led the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game and ranking eighth in the conference in scoring.
The freshman guard also finished the year with 75.2 percent free throw shooting to rank eighth in the AMCC and recorded Franciscan's highest single-game score of 32 points in a game against Wooster on December 15. She proved to be an essential defensive factor for the Lady Barons, leading the team and scoring 25 points in their playoff game to rank 10th in conference in steals with 44 overall and 1.8 per game.
"Sarah had a great season for us. She grew a lot as a player throughout the year and finished on a high note," Delaney said.
Leading the team to a program conference record of 8-10, an overall 10-15 record, and their first AMCC playoff appearance in program history, head coach Delaney won 2015 Coach of the Year. After finishing eighth in the conference the past two years, Delaney and the Lady Barons finished the regular season in sixth place to compete in the conference tournament. Although they lost in the first round, Delaney was pleased with the team's improvement and success.
"The award comes from a total team effort and really symbolizes the hard work our ladies have put in. It is a blessing to coach them and work with Emily Van Atta, Bill DiPiero and Tim Delaney," Delaney said, adding that she is humbled and honored to receive the award.
"To be voted by my fellow coaches this award is very special to me because each of them had outstanding seasons this year, and each of them are leading their programs in a very positive direction," Delaney said.