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Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball
 
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Head Coach: Linda Nash (18th year)

Assistant Coaches: Ray Fron (15th year),

Carrie Snikkers (1st year)

Director of Basketball Operations:

Casey MacDonald (2nd year)

 
2013-14 Record: 21-9 overall, 14-8 WHAC
 
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Outlook
 
Women's Basketball Records
 
Team Statistics: 2013-14
2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13
 
WHAC Statistics: 2013-14
2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11 | 2011-12
 

2013-14 Schedule & Results

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE Live
Tues., Oct. 29 vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

W 67-47

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Sat., Nov. 2 @ Huntington Huntington, Ind.

W 64-48

Wed., Nov 6 @ Goshen Goshen, Ind.

W 75-46

Tues., Nov. 12 vs. Rochester Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 78-64

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Siena Heights* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 69-64 Listen on the Radio
Thurs., Nov. 21 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind. L 66-85  
Sat., Nov. 23 @ UM-Dearborn* Dearborn, Mich. W 96-57  
Tues., Nov. 26 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 77-58

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Dec. 4 vs. Lourdes* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 60-43

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Sat., Dec. 7 @ Marygrove* Detroit, Mich.

W 64-60

 
Wed., Dec. 11 vs. Olivet* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 67-49

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Dec. 14 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 95-89 (2OT)

Listen on the Radio

Mon. - Tues.,

Dec. 30 - 31

Taylor University Tournament Upland, Ind.    
Mon., Dec. 30 vs. Marian Upland, Ind. W 73-60  
Tues., Dec. 31 vs. Taylor Upland, Ind.

W 65-60

 
Sat., Jan. 4 vs. Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 49-59

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Jan. 8 @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich. W 89-71  
Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 60-56

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Jan. 15  @ Siena Heights* Adrian, Mich. L 69-73  
Sat., Jan. 18 vs. UM-Dearborn Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 53-64

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Jan. 22 @ Concordia* Ann Arbor, Mich.

L 57-62

Wed., Jan. 29 vs. Marygrove* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 108-71

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 1 @ Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio L 76-90  
Mon., Feb. 3 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 85-82

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Wed., Feb. 5   vs. Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 78-64 Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 8 @ Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 55-81

Wed., Feb. 12 vs. Lawrence Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 77-63

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 15 @ Madonna* Livonia, Mich. W 90-74  
Wed., Feb. 19 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 49-64 Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 22 vs. Lourdes* @ Owens Community College Sylvania, Ohio

W 74-61

 
Thurs., Feb. 27

WHAC Tournament Quarterfinals

@ Indiana Tech

Fort Wayne, ind. L 75-88  
*Denotes WHAC conference game

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Roster

No. Photos Name Pos Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
11 Taelor Sanders Taelor Sanders Pt/G/F 5-8 Sr. Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt
13 Kelsey Spitzley Kelsey Spitzley G/F 5-10 Fr. Portland, Mich./Portland
14 Allison Heberlein Allison Heberlein G/F/C 5-9 Jr. Haslett, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
21 Marisa Marx  Marisa Marx   Pt/G 5-5 Sr Warren, Mich./Warren Woods Tower
22 Danielle Lollo Danielle Lollo G/F 5-8 So. Allen Park, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini
23 Taylor Pitts Taylor Pitts G 5-5 Fr. St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake
24 Jenna Brower  Jenna Brower  G/F 5-9 Sr. Hopkins, Mich./Hopkins
25 Nicci Thomas Nicci Thomas G/F 5-11 Sr. Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall
32 Emily Sweet Emily Sweet G/F 5-9 So. Oxford, Mich./Powers Catholic
33 Chelsea Matley Chelsea Matley Pt/G/F 5-6 Jr. Kalkaska, Mich./Kalkaska
34 Angela Broggi Angela Broggi F/C 5-11 So. Plymouth, Mich./Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard
40 Elle Sturgell Elle Sturgell F/C 6-1 Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids West Catholic
42 Lindsey Karpowicz Lindsey Karpowicz F/C 6-0 Sr. Grandville, Mich./Grandville
44 Brooklynne Lane Brooklynne Lane C 6-2 So. Manton, Mich./Manton
52 Carly Bardwell Carly Bardwell            F/C 5-11 Sr. Allendale, Mich./Allendale
 

Coaches

Coach Linda Nash

LINDA NASH Head Coach - 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 Ray Fron

RAY FRON Assistant Coach -- Assistant Coach Ray Fron is no stranger to the Aquinas College sideline.  Fron partnered with Nash 18 years ago and this will be his 15th year providing wisdom to the program.  Nash says, “When I was first hired, I put an ad in the paper advertising for an Assistant Coach.  I had no idea at the time that our first meeting would lead to a friendship spanning almost two decades.  Coach Fron is a perfect fit for Aquinas College.  He jokes that he grew up two blocks from campus and as a youngster spent many nights trying to sneak into the old fieldhouse to watch games.  Fron has three generations of his family that received degrees from Aquinas College.  Fron completed his Masters Degree in Education, his dad is a graduate, and his daughter and son both completed degrees  from Aquinas College.”

 

Although Fron has an easy-going demeanor, don’t let that fool you.  When it’s time for practice and games, it’s all basketball and you aren’t going to find a more competitive person on the sidelines than Fron.  In addition to coaching, Fron is a middle school Special Education teacher in Wayland, MI.  The three season’s that Fron wasn’t with the Saints program, he was the head coach at Spring Hill College in Alabama.  Fron comments, “For as long as I can remember, I have always had goals that I wanted to achieve.  One of them was to be a head coach at the collegiate level.  I now can say that I crossed it off my bucket list.  I had a great three years at Spring Hill College, but I was beginning to miss Grand Rapids, MI where I had family and friends.  I called up Nash and here I am.  We have a great friendship and professional working relationship.  We are a lot a like and in some ways very different.  I think our personalities mesh well and we are focused on getting this team back to national prominence. 

 

Fron has an impressive and extensive background in coaching basketball.  He has close to 30 years of coaching experience ranging from middle school to high school to the collegiate level.  His passion for the game and his players is evident when you watch Fron on the sidelines.  He brings great energy and a positive vibe to the program, but has very high expectations for getting things done right.  Both Nash and Fron know what it takes to win championships and to compete in the national tournament.  This year’s focus has been to take care of the little things and let the rest take care of itself.

 

Fron and his wife Kari have been married 35 years and our the proud parents of three.  Oldest daughter Lauren, is a teacher in Sioux City, IA.  Son Robert (wife Ronda) is a teacher in the Kelloggsville School District.  Both Robert and Lauren coach.  Fron’s youngest daughter Tarah (husband Eric) graduated from Hope College and is working at Pine Rest.  The Fron’s eyes light up when conversation centers on their first granddaughter Ainsley who is 3 1/2 years old.

   
Carrie Snickers

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.”

 

 

Season Outlook

The focus of the 2013-14 Aquinas College women’s basketball team is to take care of the small things that will lead to success.  Defensive pressure will be the key to the success of the team.  Head Coach Linda Nash, entering her 18th season at the helm of the program says, “We are on a mission.  We have all of the tools to be a very good basketball team.  What will separate us from the pack is if we can get tougher and play tenacious defense for 40 minutes every night we lace up our shoes for games.  It is a challenge that we talk about every day in practice.”

 

The Saints return six seniors with plenty of playing experience and the drive to cap off their playing career with a WHAC conference championship and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.  Taelor Sanders and Lindsey Karpowicz return for a fifth year after both sustained season ending injuries a year ago.  Sander’s was a member of the WHAC All-Conference team her junior year as she led the Saints in scoring with 16 ppg.  She is a hard-nosed competitor that loves a challenge and her commitment to training will make her one of the premier players in the WHAC.  Karpowicz, is focused and ready for her final campaign.  She will provide a strong presence in the post and she has improved her shooting around the basket.  Carly Bardwell, Jenna Brower and Nicci Thomas will all provide a defensive spark for the team.  They possess good length defensively and they are aggressive rebounders.  Senior sharp-shooting guard Marisa Marx will provide an offensive punch for the Saints. 

 

The junior class is solid with Allison Heberlein, Chelsea Matley and Elle Sturgell.  Heberlein had a breakout season last year as a sophomore while trying to fill the void on the perimeter when Sanders went down with an injury.  She was an All-Conference performer and averaged 15 ppg.  Matley is one of the quickest players on the team and has the ability to be a great defensive stopper for the Saints.  She came on extremely strong at the end of the season and she will be counted on to bring energy on the court.  She has a deadly pull-up jump shot and is not afraid to mix it up.  Sturgell, a volleyball player for the Saints, will join the team in mid-November.  She has good size and athleticism.

 

The sophomore class of Brooklynne Lane and Dani Lollo will be joined by two transfer players, Angela Broggi and Emily Sweet.  Lane and Lollo both logged significant minutes as freshman and both will factor heavily into the Saints plans.  Lane is a 6’2” force in the post and she has the ability to dominate.  Lollo had a great summer of training and it has shown in the pre-season.  She is a blue-collar worker and she has a knack for the ball.  Although undersized, look for her to battle for every ball.  Transfer students Angela Broggi and Emily Sweet have skills that will mesh well for the Saints.  Broggi is a solid player with a great understanding of the game and she is physical.  Sweet, as her name says it, has a “sweet” shot and is a player that has the ability to light it up from deep.

 

The freshman class of Kelsey Spitzley and Taylor Pitts (Pitts and Spitz) will factor into plans for the Saints.  What they lack in experience, they make up for in hustle and defense.  Spitzley is an all-around player with great size at 5’10”.  She knows the game and is making the adjustment to a quicker and stronger collegiate game.  Pitts is lightning quick on defense and she has the ability to get to the basket and find open team-mates.  She is a true point guard and will give opponents fits while defending them.

 

Coach Nash is joined by long-time Assistant Coach Ray Fron who returns for his 15th year on the sideline.  Coach Fron comments, “There is a great competitive spirit in practice.  The seniors are providing great leadership and we are really focusing on our defensive game.  It is a grueling season and the WHAC is a very competitive conference.  We know what we need to do to be successful and our attention to the little things will hopefully pay off for this team.”