Women's Basketball: Mount Union's Bova and Venet Headline All-OAC Teams

Suzy Venet and Annie Bova
Suzy Venet and Annie Bova

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior guard Annie Bova (Parma Hts./Beaumont) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year while Suzy Venet was named OAC Coach of the Year to headline the All-OAC teams selected by the conference's head coaches.

Bova led the team and was second in the conference in scoring at 18.9 points per game and earned OAC Tournament MVP honors leading the Purple Raiders to the OAC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.  It is the third straight season she has been named All-OAC as she was a second team selection in 2014 and a first team pick in 2015 and 2016.

Bova is the sixth Raider to earn OAC Player of the Year honors joining Dana Zarzycki (1995), Suzy Venet (1997, 1998), Keri Canning (2000), Kori Wiedt (2012) and Rosa LaMattina (2012, 2013).

In her 11th season as head coach, Venet engineered a 10-game win turnaround from a year ago, led a team that was the preseason No. 7 pick in the conference to 20 wins, a second place finish in the conference, an OAC Tournament title and back to the NCAA Tournament.  It is the third team she has been named OAC Coach of Year as she won the award in 2010 and 2012.

Senior guard Katie Reed (Alliance/Marlington) has been selected to the All-OAC second team.  Reed started all 27 games for the Raiders and was second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game. She made a team-best 56 three-pointers this season and her 42.7-percent from behind the arc is second best in the OAC.

Mount Union takes on Guilford (N.C.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 5 p.m. at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.