BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--Guard Sadia Johnson (Kalamazoo [Mich.] Central High School) on Monday became the first freshman in the history of the Adrian College women's basketball program to be named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year. In fact, she's the first Bulldog ever to earn one of the region's top awards handed out by D3hoops.com.
"Sadia had an outstanding first year," says Kathy Morris, who wrapped up her 25th season at the Adrian helm, "which is a true reflection of her passion for the game, as well as her desire to succeed. This is a great honor for Sadia and Adrian College!"
Johnson made an immediate impact during her first season in the Bulldogs' lineup, earning 2017 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Second Team accolades. She averaged a team-leading 16.0 points per game (on 42.4 percent field goal shooting) for second in the MIAA. She ranked 12th in NCAA Division III freshman scoring and was the top scorer in the region among her class peers.
The biology major led Adrian in scoring during 14 games, including a career-high 26-point effort to fuel an 83-79 comeback win at Lancaster Bible on Dec. 15.
Johnson's 383 total points are believed to be a program freshman scoring record and are just 15 points shy of the Bulldogs' top-10 for a single season.
Her attacking style of play resulted in 92 free throws made on 123 attempts, ranking second in the conference, for a .748 percentage (sixth). Her 133 field goals made also ranked eighth in the MIAA.
Johnson also contributed 68 rebounds, 39 assists and 35 steals.
During the season, the Kalamazoo native twice received MIAA Player of the Week honors (Dec. 19, Jan. 30).
Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. There were 723 players nominated nationwide.
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Player of the Year: Lisa Murphy, Carnegie Mellon
Coach of the Year: Michelle Durand, Ohio Northern
Rookie of the Year: Sadia Johnson, Adrian