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Head Coach: Linda Nash (19th year)

Assistant Coaches:

Carrie Snikkers (2nd year)

Taelor Sanders (1st Year)

2014-15 Record: 4-10 overall, 3-4 WHAC
Team Statistics: 2014-15 I 2013-14
WHAC Statistics: 2014-15 I 2013-14
 
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2014-15 Schedule & Results

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE Live
Wed., Oct. 29 @ Calumet College of St. Joseph Whiting, Ind.

L 49-64

 
Sat., Nov. 1 @Rochester Rochester Hills, Mich.

W 78-76 (OT)

 

Tues., Nov. 4 vs. Goshen Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 49-68

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Fri., Nov. 7 vs. #1 St. Francis (Ind.) Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 39-71

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Sat., Nov. 8 vs. #19 Huntington Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 42-67

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Wed., Nov. 12 @ Robert Morris Chicago, Ill. L 64-84  
Sat., Nov. 15 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 93-90 Listen on the Radio
Wed., Nov. 19 vs. Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 42-86

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Sat., Nov. 22 @ Marygrove* Detroit, Mich. W 75-58  
Tues., Nov. 25 @ Madonna* Livonia, Mich..

L 75-87

 
Wed., Dec. 3 vs. Lourdes* @ Tam-O-Shanter Rec Facility Sylvania, Ohio

W 69-67

 
Sat., Dec. 6 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 64-76

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Wed., Dec.10 @ Olivet Olivet, Mich. L 68-84  
Sat., Dec 13 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 57-72

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Sun., Dec. 28 @ Windsor Windsor, Ontario

4 p.m.

 
Sat., Jan. 3 @Siena Heights* Adrian, Mich. 5:30 p.m.  
Wed., Jan. 7 vs. UM-Dearborn Grand Rapids, Mich.

6 p.m.

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Sat., Jan. 10  @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich. 1 p.m.  
Wed., Jan. 14 vs.Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich.

6 p.m.

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Sat., Jan. 17 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind.

1 p.m.

 

Wed., Jan. 21 vs. Lourdes* Grand Rapids, Mich.

6 p.m.

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Sat., Jan. 24 @ Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio 1 p.m.  
wed., Jan. 28 @ Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

5:30 p.m.

 
Sat., Jan. 31   vs.Marygrove* Grand Rapids, Mich. 1 p.m. Listen on the Radio
Wed., Feb. 4 @ UM-Dearborn Dearborn, Mich. 530 p.m.  
Sat., Feb. 7 @ Concordia* Ann Arbor, Mich.

1 p.m.

 
Wed., Feb. 11 vs. Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich. 6 p.m. Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 14 vs.Lawrence Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich. 1 p.m. Listen on the Radio
Wed., Feb. 18 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. 5:30 p.m.  
Sat., Feb. 21 vs. Siena Heights Grand Rapids, Mich. 6 p.m. Listen on the Radio
*Denotes WHAC conference game

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Roster

No. Photos Name Pos Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
10 Katie Theut Katie Theut G/F 5-11 Fr. Chesterfield, Mich./Cardinal Mooney
11 Anna Omness Anna Omness G/F 5-8 Fr. Wyoming, Mich./Grandville
13 Kelsey Spitzley Kelsey Spitzley G/F 5-10 So.. Portland, Mich./Portland
14 Allison Heberlein Allison Heberlein G/F/C 5-9 Sr. Haslett, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
21 Kylie Robb Kylie Robb Pt/G 5-5 Fr. Canton, Mich./Plymouth
22 Dani Lollo Danielle Lollo G/F 5-8 Jr. Allen Park, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini
23 McKenzie Breimayer McKenzie Breimayer G 5-7 Fr. Belding, Mich./Belding
24 Miara Okie Miara Okie F/C 6-0 Fr. Port Sanilac, Mich./Sandusky
33 Chelsea Matley Chelsea Matley Pt/G/F 5-6 Sr. Kalkaska, Mich./Kalkaska
40 Mary Votjko Mary Vojtko F/C 6-1 Fr. Benton Harbor, Mich./Lake Michigan Catholic
44 Brooklynne Lane Brooklynne Lane C 6-2 Jr. Manton, Mich./Manton
 

Coaches

Coach Linda Nash

LINDA NASH - Head Coach

nashlin@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2473

 

Head Coach Linda Nash is embarking on her 18th year at the helm of the women’s basketball program.  Entering this season, Nash is three games shy of winning 300 games as the Head Coach of the Saints.  Nash is currently ranked 18th in the NAIA in winningest active coaches.  Nash grins and responds, “Never in a million years did I think I would be anywhere for 18 years.  This is the intrigue I always talk about Aquinas College having.  The college offers such a unique opportunity for young folks graduating from high school to explore their passions and figure out their field of study and career path.  I’m just fortunate to be able to work with young adults during this self-discovery time of their life.  It’s exciting to see so many alums that are part of the AQ women’s basketball family doing so many cool things with their lives.”

 

Nash competed locally at Kenowa Hills High School where she was a three-sport athlete earning All-Conference in basketball, volleyball and softball.  On the court, Nash prided herself in being a hard-nosed competitor that wasn’t afraid to take the big shot when the game was on the line.  She earned Athlete of the Year honors at Kenowa Hills as well as for the OK White Conference.

 

After completing high school, Nash competed for Central Michigan University where she was a four year starter on the team.  Nash comments, “When I went to CMU, we had 120 players go out for the team.  I’m not joking.  I was so scared that I wasn’t going to make the team.  We all had numbers on our back and every time the cut list was posted I had an upset stomach.  Basketball has always been something I am very passionate about.  To me there is no greater opportunity than to work with a group of individuals and to mold them as a team.  It’s a challenge, but when no one cares who gets the job done, it’s a beautiful thing.”

 

Nash completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Psychology and Physical Education.  Nash says, “When I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to coach.  I knew that to pursue coaching at the collegiate level, the next step for me was to become a Graduate Assistant Coach and to complete my Master’s Degree while working with a collegiate team.  That’s when I moved to Tennessee.  I received a call from Marynell Meadors from Tennessee Tech inviting me to come down to campus to check it out.  The rest is history.”  The Eaglette’s were a top 25 Division 1 program and Meador’s was a pioneer and one of the most successful coaches in the nation.  She later went on to coach in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting and later with the Atlanta Dream.  She was also an Assistant Coach with the Olympic team in 2012. 

 

After earning a Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education, Nash moved to Houston, TX where she was an Assistant Coach at Rice University.  “Basketball has allowed me so many wonderful opportunities to grow as a person.  I had two great mentors in Marynell Meadors and Linda Tucker who I worked with for three years at Rice University. “

 
   
Coach Carrie Snikkers

Carrie Snikkers - Assistant Coach

 

Aquinas College head coach Linda Nash has a new addition to the women’s basketball staff with three-time Hope College All-American Carrie Snikkers.  Snikkers prepped locally at Unity Christian High School where she led her team to a state championship her senior year and a runner-up finish her junior year.  She was a four year All-Conference selection and a three year All-State candidate.  She finished her illustrious high school career as the runner-up in the ballot for the prestigious Miss Basketball award presented to the top player in the state.

 

Snikkers continued her education and playing career at Hope College where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 2011.  She was a stellar performer for the Flying Dutch and helped lead the team to four straight MIAA conference titles.  She was a 2 year captain for her team and in addition to her three-time first team All-American accolades; she was the National Player of the Year her junior season.  Upon graduation, Snikkers had a one year stint playing professionally in Spain for the Universatario de Ferrol team.

 

Carrie Snikker comments, “I’ve always known Aquinas College had a successful women’s basketball program and I know a lot of the former players.  Basketball has always played such a pivotal part in my life and it’s a new challenge for me to be on the sideline instead of running up and down the court.  I’m excited to be on staff at Aquinas College and I’m beginning to feel more comfortable with the system they run.  As a player I brought intensity to the game and I am looking forward to being a part of this hard working program.”

 

   
Coach Taelor Sanders Taelor Sanders - Assistant Coach
 

Season Outlook

The 2014-15 Aquinas College women’s basketball team will have a different look with the graduation of six seniors from last year’s squad.   Head Coach Linda Nash comments, “We graduated a group of six seniors that capped their careers off with a 21 win season last year.  The team was led by Honorable Mention NAIA All-American Taelor Sanders, who leaves some big shoes to fill.  We have six new freshman in the program and they are talented.  Our success this year will depend on our upper classman and their ability to lead and how quickly our young players adapt to the collegiate game.”

 

The Saints are led by the dynamic duo of seniors Allison Heberlein and Chelsea Matley.  Heberlein is a two-time WHAC All-Conference player and led the Saint’s in scoring a year ago with a 14.9 ppg average.  She also led the team in rebounding with just under eight rebounds a game.  She is a pure 3-point shooter and hit on 70 three’s last season.  Matley can slash to the basket with the best of them.  Last year she averaged seven ppg and she notched 56 steals.  She is a defensive specialist and she will be called on to shut down the opponents top scorers.

 

The junior class consists of 6’2” Brooklynne Lane.  Lane has the ability to be a dominant force in the paint.  She possesses a soft shooting touch and the Saints need her to be a strong presence in the post.  She averaged 5.5 ppg last season and she has the ability to be a double-double contributor in scoring and rebounding.  Joining Lane is Dani Lollo, who is coming off ACL surgery at the end of last season.  Lollo worked hard during the off-season, but her knee is still giving her some problems.  Lollo was a key factor in last year’s team and Coach Nash is keeping her fingers crossed that Lollo can make a strong return.

 

The lone sophomore on the team is Kelsey Spitzley.  Spitzley is a 5’10” versatile player that can play all positions on the floor.  She hit some key shots last year as a freshman and with a year of experience under her belt she will be relied on heavily.  She can shoot the three as well and play in the post.  She is a gritty competitor.

 

The success of this year’s team will depend on the ability of the six talented freshman to make the transition to the collegiate game.  All six freshman capped off their high school careers garnering many accolades.  Coach Nash comments, “This is a very talented group of players.  They were leaders on their high school teams and they have all played in some big games.  They possess size, athleticism, court sense and scoring potential.  What they lack in experience they make up for with their competitive nature.”

 

Katie Theut, a 5’10” all-purpose player, can do it all.  She is an excellent three point shooter and her length is an asset on defense.  She has the ability to step in and make an immediate impact.  Anna Omness is a 5’8” defensive terror.  She is the type of player that does all of the little things.  She has great anticipation and she has the ability to slash to the basket.

 

The Saint’s signed a talented group of point guards in McKenzie Breimayer and Kylie Robb.  Nash comments, “Briemayer and Robb are both gutsy players who want the ball in clutch situations.  They both were the floor leaders for their high school teams.  They are quick and they are excellent passers.”

 

Rounding out the freshman class are post players Miara Okie and Mary Vojtko.  Okie was an All-State player from Sandusky High School and Vojtko was Honorable Mention.  Nash says, “Miara is an athlete.  She is extremely athletic and she has a nose for the ball.  She is a great rebounder and she will add depth to our inside game.  Vojtko has good size and strong hands.  She has a soft shooting touch around the basket and she has made some great strides.” 

 

The future looks bright for the Saints.