05/16/2014 – The Aquinas College women’s basketball program is pleased to announce the 2014-15 recruiting class for the upcoming season. Head Coach Linda Nash comments, “We graduated six seniors who were very important to the success of our team during their basketball careers. They will be missed, but the future looks bright for the program with the signing of six quality freshman and a strong nucleus of returning players. We identified our needs and went after the players that we felt could take us to the next level. Time will tell, but on paper this is one of the strongest classes that I have brought in.”
Katie Theut, a first team Class D All-State player from Cardinal Mooney High School, led her team to the state semi-finals where they were defeated by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Theut is a 5’11” player that has the ability to play several positions on the floor. She poured in close to 20 points per game to go along with 4.3 assists. Coach Nash comments, “Katie can flat out play. She comes from an athletic family of four sisters that all played collegiate basketball. She has a very calm demeanor on the court and she doesn’t get rattled. She can shoot the ball from deep three point range and her court vision is excellent.” Theut was also named BCAM’s first team All-State and she was the Times Herald player of the year. She was a member of her high school football team as a kicker.
The first signee or the year was McKenzie Breimayer a 5’9” point guard from Belding High School. Breimayer is a speedster who also holds the 200 meter track record at her high school. Coach Nash comments, “I think McKenzie is one of the best point guards in the area. She can really push the ball up the court and has a knack for finding the open player. She has a pure shot and can shoot it deep which will help in our system where spacing is a necessity. It will open things up inside and will allow for penetration on the perimeter. We will be able to have shooters on the floor from every position. McKenzie was a four year varsity starter and was a three year All-Conference performer while averaging over 18ppg. She led her team in just about every statistical category.”
Miara Okie, a 6’0 star at Sandusky High School will add athleticism to the Saints post game. Okie averaged just under a double double while averaged 3.5 blocks and 3.2 steals per game. Sandusky was ranked in the top five in Class C the majority of the season. Coach Nash comments, “Miara is a great athlete. In addition to being on the basketball All-Conference teams the last several years, she also was a standout volleyball player and earned All-Conference. She is a leaper and a shot blocker. We haven’t had that in a while and Miara will be a great fit. She has tremendous anticipation and she really crashes the boards. She runs the floor extremely well and she comes from a successful high school program. She was also an honorable mention All-State performer.”
Kylie Robb is another player that can handle the ball in pressure situations and run a team on the floor. A four year varsity starter at Plymouth High School, Robb originally committed to play Division 1 soccer at Western Michigan University. As she approached her basketball season she realized that basketball was the sport she wanted to continue with in college. Coach Nash says, “That decision to play basketball was music to my ears. Kylie is the type of player that approaches every practice as if it were the national championship game. She was a three year All-Conference player while pushing the ball up the floor anytime there was an opportunity. She will fit in very well and her work ethic is impressive. I really like her leadership on the court and she wants the ball in pressure situations.”
Mary Vojtko, a 6’1” center is finishing up a stellar career at Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St. Joe’s, MI. Vojtko, will follow in the footsteps of her two brothers that are also students at Aquinas College. Vojtko is a four year four sport athlete that has competed in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. In basketball she led her team in scoring and rebounding while gathering all-conference honors throughout her career. Coach Nash comments, “Mary has a tremendous amount of drive when it comes to her athletic endeavors. She is a versatile athlete that will give us strength and depth in the post position. She has great hands in the post and will give us needed size.”
Last, but certainly not least is Anna Omness from Grandville High School. Omness capped her senior career earning first team all-conference in the competitive OK Red and was a member of the Advance All-Area West team. At 5’10” Omness proved to be a difficult match for opponents. Coach Nash says, “Anna is very versatile. She can put the ball on the floor and drive the basket and she is a great shooter. She shot 43% from the floor and 38% from 3 point range. What is most impressive is her nose for the ball and her aggressiveness on the boards. She averaged 7 rebounds a game and was also the player bringing the ball up in critical game situations.”
Coach Nash will begin her 19th season at the helm of the program and it’s evident that there is excitement when she talks about next year’s recruits and returning players. “I can’t wait to get started. There will be a learning curve with as many new players that we have, but the veteran’s will help show them how our system works. The future looks bright and there’s no telling how good this team can be. Those are the intangibles that separate the very good teams from the average teams. I’m going to push every button I know to get this group to gel.”