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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Capital University's Elli Wachtman was named the OAC Freshman of the Year, setting the groundwork for a productive career in the making.
Forward Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) joins a short list of Capital student-athletes to be named OAC Freshman of the Year following a season in which she averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. She shot 52.3 percent from field goal range and 70.2 percent from the charity stripe over the course of the season. Simmone Gage '16 is the only other Capital women's basketball player named to the honor, which she achieved in 2013.
Wachtman came out shot 4-for-5 from the field in limited time over the first two games of her career. To close out the month of November, she recorded her first double-digit scoring effort with 10 points plus five rebounds in 12 minutes of action against Mount Aloysius. Wachtman impressed with 10 points, five rebounds, five steals, and two blocks against then-No. 12 Carnegie Mellon University. Her breakout moment came at this year's Marriott Holiday Tournament when she broke out for a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds against Olivet in a 67-58 victory. It also marked her first and only double-double of the season.
Wachtman went on to score 10 or more points three more times over the next six games, including 17 points versus Heidelberg University (1/11). Her season was shortened to just 16 games due to an injury.
Wachtman serves as the only member of the Capital team to be included on the All-OAC Team, as well. The freshman was one of seven to be tabbed with honorable mention honors.
Complete All-OAC list (courtesy of the OAC)