Vivian named OAC coach of year, three players honored
AUSTINTOWN — Marietta College placed three players on the 2017-18 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday by the league office and head coach Kole Vivian earned Coach of the Year honors.
“I am really happy to have three representatives on the All-OAC team,” Vivian said. “It speaks to the hard work that our entire team has put in this season. To get three individuals recognized is a testament to our overall success.”
In voting by the conference coaches, seniors Amisha Herd and Brooke Borich were named to the first team, while junior Corrie Burkhardt was honorable mention.
A second team selection last winter, Borich is Marietta’s leading scorer and ranks fourth in the OAC averaging 14.5 points per game. She also leads the Pioneers in total fields (141) and free throw shooting (78.4 percent).
Borich joined the women’s basketball 1,000-point club earlier this winter and currently sits ninth on the all-time scoring list 1,090 career points.
“Brooke had a spectacular senior year. She was a driving force in us having another great February and really picked up her game as the year went on,” Vivian said. “There weren’t many teams in the league that could slow her down and for her to be recognized as one of the best players in the conference seems is appropriate.”
One of the top defenders and playmakers in the OAC, Herd earned her second straight first team nod. She was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore. Herd is second on the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Herd leads the OAC in both assists and steals with 122 and 95, respectively. Her all-around ability was on full display in the OAC Tournament championship game when she notched a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with six assists and four steals.
“Amisha will go down as one of the great players in our program history,” Vivian said. “As good as she was her junior year, she was even better this year as she led the conference in assists and steals.”
Burkhardt is making her first appearance on the all-conference team after averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per night. She ranks second in the OAC in steals with 72 and is fifth in rebounding.
“Almost every great team has a player like Corrie on their roster. She is so talented and smart and brings toughness to our team,” Vivian said. “Corrie is someone who might not as get the recognition, but she was a key piece to our success every night.”