Cash Named Coach DiGregorio MVP at Annual Postseason Banquet

Team award winners Janae Jackson, Nikki Arbanas and Sarah Cash
Team award winners Janae Jackson, Nikki Arbanas and Sarah Cash

Sophomore forward Sarah Cash was named the Coach Ed DiGregorio Most Valuable Player for the 2015-16 season at the Youngstown State women's basketball team's annual postseason banquet on Friday evening at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall.

Cash was the first player in school history to lead the Penguins in points, rebounds, steals and blocks, and she was named Second-Team All-Horizon League for her efforts. Cash averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds, which both ranked among the top 10 in the conference.

Janae Jackson, the program's lone senior, received the Most Improved Player award, and sophomore guard Nikki Arbanas was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.

WKBN Sports anchor Chad Krispinsky served as the event's emcee, and he began the program with a long list of the program's accomplishments. Among them were playing in a postseason tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history and winning at least 21 games for the third time in the last four years. A video of highlights from the season created by Robb Schmidt was then shown.

Krispinsky and radio play-by-play voice Jim Campbell also emphasized how well the coaches and student-athletes represent the university and give the community pride and joy. Both already expressed excitement in the 2016-17 season with a large group of YSU's young team returning.

Head Coach John Barnes then took the podium and talked about how much heart, character and toughness his players showed throughout the season to win as many games, especially close ones, during the season. He thanked his assistant coaches, the administration and the women's basketball support staff for their support throughout the season. Barnes also boasted about his team's achievements in the classroom and how special it is to have a team that wins 21 games while also posting a 3.5 grade-point average.

Barnes and his staff handed out the team awards to Cash, Jackson and Arbanas, and Jackson followed by thanking her teammates and coaches for allowing her to have the best year of her basketball career. She also gave a special thank you to athletic trainer Jeff Wills for helping rehabilitate her from several injuries and for supporting her throughout her time as a Penguin.

Get to Know Kelley Wright
November 6, 2015 Get to Know Kelley Wright
Get to Know Melinda Trimmer
November 5, 2015 Get to Know Melinda Trimmer
Get to Know Alison Smolinski
November 4, 2015 Get to Know Alison Smolinski
Get to Know Morgan Olson
November 3, 2015 Get to Know Morgan Olson
Get to Know Kelsea Newman
November 2, 2015 Get to Know Kelsea Newman
Get to Know Janae Jackson
October 30, 2015 Get to Know Janae Jackson
Get to Know Jenna Hirsch
October 29, 2015 Get to Know Jenna Hirsch
Get to Know Sarah Cash
October 28, 2015 Get to Know Sarah Cash
Get to Know Marissa Brown
October 27, 2015 Get to Know Marissa Brown
Get to Know Jill Blacksten
October 26, 2015 Get to Know Jill Blacksten
Get to Know Indiya Benjamin
October 23, 2015 Get to Know Indiya Benjamin
Get to Know Nikki Arbanas
October 22, 2015 Get to Know Nikki Arbanas