This Week's Schedule
NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships
Friday, Mar. 9
6 p.m. – Maryville (19-11) at ASHLAND (28-1)
Saturday, Mar. 10
7:30 p.m. – Maryville-Ashland winner vs. Northern Kentucky-Quincy winner.
Monday, Mar. 12
7 p.m. – NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championship Game
(The AU games can be heard live on 1340 WNCO-AM with Matt Brubaker on the call.)
Ashland is making its third trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs. This is AU's first journey into the postseason since the 2005-06 season. The Eagles are the top seed in the eight-team Midwest Regional Field. This is the first time Ashland has ever hosted an NCAA Division II regional tournament.
The Eagles enter Friday night's game with a 28-1 record and a 28-game winning streak. That's the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division II – men or women. AU has a 20-game home winning streak dating back to last season. The Eagles are ranked second in the nation. That's the highest ranking in school history.
Last weekend, AU won the first GLIAC basketball championship in school history. The GLIAC Final Four was played at AU and in the tournament championship game, the Eagles outlasted Ferris State, 66-50.
Maryville wasn't regionally ranked last week, but the Saints forced their way into the playoffs by winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament last weekend. The Saints have won nine of their last 11 games. This is their first trip to the NCAA playoffs.
Tickets for the regional games are on sale in the main office of the Ashland University athletic department. Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $4.
Here is the schedule for this weekend's games. The seeds of the participants are listed with the schedule.
Friday, Mar. 9
Noon (Game 1) - Wisconsin-Parkside (#3) vs. Indianapolis (#6)
2:30 p.m. (Game 2) - Ferris State (#2) vs. Drury (#7)
6 p.m. (Game 3) - Maryville (#8) vs. Ashland (#1)
8 p.m. (Game 4) - Northern Kentucky (#4) vs. Quincy (#5)
Saturday, Mar. 10
5 p.m. (Game 5) - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7:30 p.m. (Game 6) - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Monday, Mar. 12
7 p.m. (Game 7) – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
More Tournament Talk
Ashland's NCAA Division II postseason history can be found below.
2003-04 – at Quincy, Ill.
Ashland 82, Ferris State 69
Lake Superior State 95, Ashland 82
2005-06– at Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State 87, Ashland 59
About the Eagles
The Eagles are 16-0 at home this year. Dating back to last season the Eagles have an 20-game winning streak. The last time Ashland lost at home was against Findlay on Jan. 29, 2011. AU lost that day in overtime, 81-73…AU went 3-0 in the GLIAC Tournament last week with wins over Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech and Ferris State…last week's GLIAC basketball championship was the first for AU, men or women…the Eagles have been in the GLIAC since the 1995-96 season. AU has won the GLIAC South Division title six times…AU has captured three pieces of hardware this season – the GLIAC South Division title, the GLIAC regular season title and the GLIAC Tournament title…this is the fifth time in school history Ashland has won 20 or more games in a season. Four of those 20-win campaigns have come with Sue Ramsey as the head coach…prior to this season, the school single-season record for victories came in 2003-04 when the Eagles went 23-8…AU hasn't been outrebounded since Jan. 12 at Tiffin when the Dragons held a 41-40 edge. In the GLIAC championship game, Ferris State stayed even with AU on the glass, 34-34…Ashland hasn't been behind at halftime since it trailed, 34-33 at Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 19. That's a string of 26 games. Only one team during that streak played the Eagles even in the first half (at Ohio Dominican, Feb. 2, 34-34)…AU players have won the GLIAC South Division player of the week award seven times this season. Sophomore forward Ashley Dorner (Bellville, Ohio/Clear Fork) and senior guard Jena Stutzman (Berlin, Ohio/Kent State) have won the award two times apiece and junior forward Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) is a three-time recipient…last week Daugherty was named first team All-GLIAC and was tabbed the GLIAC player of the year. Daugherty is the first AU player to be named the conference player of the year. She was also named the most valuable player in the GLIAC Tournament and is a member of the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Daugherty is the GLIAC leader in scoring (20.6 ppg.) and rebounding (13.7 rpg.). She is second in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (1.8), fourth in field goal percentage (.503) and assists (4.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.841) and sixth in blocked shots (34/1.2 bpg.)…Daugherty is the only player in school history with a triple double. Against Findlay on Jan. 5 she had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists…earlier this season at Lake Erie, Daugherty established a school single-game record with 24 rebounds. The previous record was 21 boards, set last season by Daiva Gerbec (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson)…Daugherty has set school, single-season records for rebounds (397) and points (596). She is one of two players in school history to score 500 points in a season. Last weekend, Daugherty broke the single-season scoring mark of 584 points, set by guard Amber Rall in 2005-06. Rall had two, 500-point seasons…last week, Daugherty established a GLIAC Tournament record for rebounds in a game (20 vs. Michigan Tech) and a GLIAC postseason series (55)…Daugherty has recorded a double-double (points-rebounds) in 11 consecutive games. The last time she didn't have a twin killing was at Wayne State on Jan. 26 when she had 25 points and six boards in 28 minutes.…Dorner is the GLIAC leader in field goal percentage (.568) and is 11th in scoring (13.2 ppg.). Dorner has scored 20 or more points in a game six times this season. The sophomore was named second team All-GLIAC last week. That's the first all-conference honor of her career…Stutzman is third in the conference in three-pointers per game (2.8). She is 12th in the league in scoring (14.0 ppg.). Stutzman has 80 three-pointers this season and that is the second highest single-season total in school history. In her career, Stutzman has 124 triples and that is the second highest total in school history. The career leader is Karen Bley with 202. Stutzman was named to the GLIAC First Team last week, that's the second consecutive year she's been named to that unit…sophomore guard Alyssa Miller (Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley) leads the GLIAC in assists per game (5.2) and assist-turnover ratio (2.0). She is sixth in the loop in field goal percentage (.497). Miller is a member of the GLIAC second team and she is a GLIAC All-Defensive Team selection…junior guard Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth, Ohio) is third in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage (.444) and fifth in three-pointers per game (2.0). Against Northern Michigan last Wednesday, Tenyak was 7-of-8 from three-point range and scored a team-high 23 points. Tenyak's seven treys is the second highest single-game total in AU history, the only AU player to do better was Bridget Donovan, who had eight three-pointers against Mercyhurst in 1999. Tenyak tied the GLIAC Tournament single-game record for triples. Alyson McChesney of Oakland had seven against Northern Michigan in 1997. Tenyak established the GLIAC Tournament single-game record for three-point percentage (.875)…Tenyak has 58 triples this year and that's the third highest single-season total in school history…freshman guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth, Ohio) is first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.451/23-of-51).…the Eagles lead the GLIAC in nine statistical categories – scoring (77.4 ppg.), scoring margin (+19.4), free throw percentage (.822), field goal percentage (.482), three-point field goal percentage (.380), three-point field goal percentage defense (.285), rebound margin (+9.2), assists per game (18.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.3).
Ashland and the NCAA
AU's rankings in this week's NCAA statistics.
Kari Daugherty - 1st in Rebounds Per Game – 13.7
T1st in Double-Doubles – 21
10th in Points Per Game – 20.6
19th in Assist-Turnover Ratio – 1.88
Ashley Dorner - 13th in Field Goal Percentage – 56.8
Alyssa Miller - 15th in Assist-Turnover Ratio – 1.97
19th in Assists – 5.2 apg.
Jena Stutzman - 15th in Three-Point Field Goals Per Game – 2.8
Lindsay Tenyak - 11th in Three-Point Field Goal Percentage – 43.3
Ashland as a Team 1st in Free Throw Percentage – 82.2
1st in Won-Loss Percentage – 96.6
1st in Personal Fouls – 12.7
1st in Assist-Turnover Ratio – 1.31
3rd in Field Goal Percentage – 48.2
3rd in Three-Point Field Goal Percentage – 38.0
4th in Assists Per Game – 18.5
5th in Scoring Margin – 19.0
5th in Rebound Margin – 9.4
8th in Scoring Offense – 77.4
15th in Turnovers Per Game – 14.1
19th in Three-Point Field Goals Per Game – 7.6
Another Version of the Big Ten
Daugherty and Concord's Jolysa Brown are the only two Division II players in the country to be ranked in the nation's Top 10 in rebounding, scoring and double-doubles. Daugherty is first in rebounding (13.7 rpg.), tied for first in double-doubles (21) and is 10th in scoring (20.6). Brown is tied for first in double-doubles (21), is sixth in rebounding (12.1 rpg.) and seventh in scoring (20.9 ppg.).
Regional Roll Call
The Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II Midwest Region Team was announced this week and Daugherty was named first team all-region and the Midwest Region player of the year. The junior now moves on to the All-America ballot. The Midwest Region Team was selected by sports information directors within the region. The Daktronics All-American team will be selected by sports information directors from around the country.
Daugherty was the only GLIAC player to be named to the all-region first team. She is the first AU player to be cited as the region's player of the year.
Books and Basketball
The 2011-12 GLIAC All-Academic Basketball Teams were announced this week.
AU put four players on the All-Academic Team. To land a spot on that unit, a player must have a grade point average between 3.00-3.49 and not be a first-year transfer or true freshman. The Ashland quartet includes Dorner, redshirt-freshman Chelsea Laporte (Miamisburg, Ohio), junior forward-center Beth Mantkowski (Fairlawn, Ohio/Copley) and Tenyak.
Three AU players were named to the GLIAC Academic All-Excellence Team. To earn a spot on that team, a player must have a grade point average between 3.50-4.00 and not be a first-year transfer or true freshman. The Ashland players on that team are junior guard Kaci Finfrock (West Milton, Ohio/Milton-Union), Miller and Stutzman.
- Over the last 11 games, Daugherty has averaged 18.0 rpg., and has had 20 or more rebounds three times.
- Miller played 40 minutes in both games of the GLIAC Final Four.
- The last time someone other than Daugherty or Dorner led the Eagles in rebounding was when junior guard Kaci Finfrock (West Milton, Ohio/Milton-Union) pulled down seven rebounds against Oakland City on Nov. 26.
- The Eagles haven't missed more than three free throws in a game since they went 15-for-19 at the line on Jan. 12 at Tiffin. In the last five games, the Eagles are shooting 93.1 percent (68-of-73) at the line.
- Ashland has had the same starting five – Daugherty-Dorner-Stutzman-Miller-Tenyak for 27 consecutive games. The last time that combo was broken up was on Nov. 13 vs. Indianapolis when junior Beth Mantkowski (Fairlawn, Ohio/Copley) was in the lineup in place of Dorner.
Head Coach Sue Ramsey
Ramsey has a career record of 377-325 and this is her 25th season. At Ashland she is 282-197 and this is her 17th season. Ramsey has guided the Eagles to the only three NCAA Division II playoff berths in school history. In addition to this year's invite, the other bids came in 2003-04 and 2005-06. Ramsey is AU's career leader in victories. The AU head coach is also an assistant athletic director and the university's senior women's administrator. Last week, Ramsey was named the 2011-12 GLIAC Coach of the Year. That's the first time she's received that award.
Prior to arriving at AU, Ramsey spent eight years as the head coach at the University of Dayton (1986-1994). She served as an assistant coach at Cincinnati (1984-86) and Miami (1983-84) and as a graduate assistant coach at Illinois State (1982-83).
Ramsey is a 1978 Miami (OH) graduate. She earned her master's degree from Dayton in 1988.
Scouting the Field
Record – 20-7/15-3 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – 0-0
Winning never grows old. The Lady Panthers prove that – this is their 10th consecutive year in the NCAA postseason.
The Lady Panthers have won 14 of their last 17 games. Bethanie Funderburk, a 5-10 sophomore guard, averages a team-leading 15.5 ppg. Funderburk is a first team all-conference and first team all-region performer.
Katie Pritchard, a 5-7 junior guard, averages 11.0 ppg. Pritchard was a first team all-conference choice. The Lady Panthers grudgingly allow points, they are giving up 61.3 ppg. Two members of this team – 5-11 junior forward Abby Bracker and 6-1 senior forward-center Erica Groose - were named to the GLVC All-Defensive Team. Drury and Wisconsin-Parkside are the only teams in the 16-team conference to place two members on the All-Defensive Team.
Head coach Steve Harold, in his fifth season at Drury, has guided the Lady Panthers to a pair of GLVC titles (2008, 2010). Before taking the Drury job, he was the head coach at Glenville State.
Drury had a five-game winning streak before taking a tumble against Indianapolis (60-54) in the GLVC Tournament.
Record – 22-6/17-2 GLIAC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – AU leads, 17-10
The Bulldogs are the second seed in this tourney and they are the GLIAC North Division champions. FSU has won 16 of its last 18 games. The only setbacks in that stretch have come to AU. The last of those losses came last Sunday in the GLIAC championship game, 66-50.
Defense and a passion for rebounding are the trademarks of this team. FSU is seventh in the country in rebound margin (9.1). The Bulldogs lead the GLIAC in field goal percentage defense (.358). Much of FSU's strength inside can be traced to 6-2 freshman forward-center Christiana Branch. She averages 9.7 ppg., 8.2 rpg., and is the GLIAC Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the GLIAC All-Tournament Team.
Guard Sarah DeShone, a 5-7 sophomore, averages a team-high 14.4 ppg. She is a member of the GLIAC First Team and is a second team Daktronics all-region choice. Tricia Principe, a 5-9 sophomore guard-forward, averages 11.1 ppg., and Nikki Arner, a 6-2 sophomore-forward, is good for 9.5 ppg., and 5.6 rpg.
Head coach Tracey Dorow is experienced in postseason play. This is her 14th year at FSU and in 2006-07 she guided the 'Dogs to the NCAA Sweet 16. Outside of the Eagles, FSU should be the most comfortable team playing at Kates Gymnasium. They have played in Ashland enough so that there should be no worries about making this trip.
FSU is listed, "Among Others Receiving Votes," in this week's NCAA Division II poll.
Record – 19-10/11-7 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – Indianapolis leads, 19-11
The Greyhounds feature the GLVC's leading scorer in 5-7 junior guard Kristin Turner, who pumps out 19.5 ppg. Turner is also third in the GLVC in triples per game (2.55/74) and fourth in assists (3.9 apg.). She is a first team All-GLVC selection and a first team Daktronics All-Midwest Region pick.
Katy McIntosh, a 5-8 sophomore guard, is second on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg.). Sydney Weinert, a 6-1 junior forward, averages 9.4 ppg., and 6.5 rpg. She is a member of the GLVC All-Defensive Team. However, injuries have limited her to 22 games.
Indianapolis is second in the GLVC in free throw percentage (.765) and field goal percentage (.447) and third in assist-turnover ratio (0.93). Back on Nov. 13 at California, Pa., in the second game of the season, Ashland downed the Greyhounds, 74-69. Turner had 11 points in that game and Weinert had 12 points and six boards. Daugherty paced the Eagles with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Indy led AU, 35-32 at halftime. In the second half, Ashland outscored the Greyhounds, 42-34.
Constantin Popa is in his first season as the Indianapolis head coach. He spent the last four years as an Indy assistant. Popa is seven feet, three inches tall and was a two-time All-Big East selection when he played at Miami.
Indy plays Wisconsin-Parkside in the first game of the tournament on Friday. The Greyhounds went 0-2 against W-P this season.
Record – 19-11/11-7 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – 0-0
The Saints have won five consecutive games. Last weekend in Springfield, Ill., the Saints were the fifth seed in the GLVC Tournament. They won the championship with wins over Northern Kentucky (80-70), Quincy (70-66) and Kentucky Wesleyan (75-62). The victory over KWC came in the championship game. Maryville has won nine of its last 11 games. This was the first year the school was eligible for the GLVC Tournament. This is the first year the Saints are eligible for the NCAA playoffs.
Maryville is led by 6-1 junior forward-center Abby Duethman. A first team All-GLVC selection, she averages 15.7 ppg., and a GLVC-high 8.7 rpg. Shelby Miller, a 5-7 freshman guard, produces 13.1 ppg. She was named the GLVC freshman of the year and is a second team all-conference pick. Head coach Chris Ellis is in his 11th season at Maryville. He's been a head coach on the college level for 27 seasons.
Maryville is the GLVC leader in free throw percentage (.782) and is third in three-point field goals per game (7.0/210) and three-point percentage defense (.282).
Record - 21-6/14-4 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – NKU leads, 22-5
Once upon a time, NKU and AU were both in the GLVC. That accounts for the number of games these teams have played. This NKU team finished second in the GLVC East and before losing to Maryville in the GLVC Tournament, had reeled off five straight wins. NKU has won nine of its last 11 games. Northern Kentucky is listed among, "Others Receiving Votes," in this week's NCAA Division II national poll.
The Norse will make teams work to score points. NKU leads the GLVC in scoring defense (52.9 ppg.), field goal percentage defense (.358) and blocked shots (5.44 bpg.). Northern Kentucky is second in the conference in rebound margin +5.1 and is third in scoring margin (+10.6). NKU is eighth in the nation in scoring defense.
Casse Mogan, a 5-10 senior guard, is the GLVC player of the year. She is a first team all-league pick, a member of the GLVC All-Defensive Team and a first team Daktronics All-Midwest Region selection. She's second in the conference in scoring (17.6 ppg.) and fourth in steals (62/3.0 spg.). Ellen Holton, a 6-1 junior center, averages 10.7 ppg., and 4.6 rpg. She is a second team all-conference performer.
Coach Nancy Winstel has built NKU into one of the top programs in the country. This is the final year in NCAA Division II for Winstel and her bunch. Next year they make the jump to Division I. Under Winstel, Northern Kentucky has won two national championships and over 600 games.
Record – 21-7/15-3 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – AU leads, 2-1
The Hawks lead the GLVC in scoring (74.6 ppg.) and are 19th in the country in that department. Quincy is the GLVC leader in rebound margin (+9.4) and assists (16.2 apg.). The Hawks, who won the GLVC West Division title, were second in the league in scoring margin (+10.7) and third in field goal percentage (.444) and three-point field goal percentage (.360). Even though NKU and Quincy are both in the GLVC, they did not play during the regular season. They meet on Friday in a first round game.
Ali Schwagmeyer, a 5-11 senior forward, was third in the GLVC in scoring (17.5). She was named first team All-GLVC, is a member of the GLVC All-Defensive Team and is a first team all-region choice. Linsay Henke averages 13.7 ppg., and 8.2 rpg. She leads the league in field goal percentage (.575) and is second in rebounds per game (8.5). Henke was named second team all-region on Wednesday. Karlee Gengenbacher, averages 10.5 ppg., and 5.5 rpg., and is a second team all-conference selection.
Before losing to Maryville in the GLVC playoffs the Hawks had won 12 straight games.
Record – 22-5/15-3 GLVC
All-Time Series vs. Ashland – AU leads, 2-0
The Rangers are ranked 17th in the country. They won the GLVC East Division crown and had won nine consecutive games before stumbling in the GLVC playoffs against Kentucky Wesleyan (73-71).
W-P leads the GLVC in three-point field goal percentage defense (.246), three-point field goal percentage (.379), field goal percentage (.448), assist-turnover ratio (1.20) and scoring margin (+11.8). The Rangers are third in scoring defense (57.3 ppg.). The Rangers are fifth in the nation in defending the three. They are fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.20).
It's hard to beat the W-P backcourt. Kaitlyn Bettiga, a 5-6 senior, leads the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.02). She's a member of the GLVC All-Defensive Team. Jadee Rooney, a 5-9 senior guard, is 13th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (2.00). Rooney is a first team All-GLVC pick and a second team all-region selection. Bettinga is first in the GLVC in assists (4.8 apg./130) and Rooney is third (4.0 apg./108). Rooney averages 16.4 ppg.
Wisconsin-Parkside's leading scorer is 5-10 senior forward Brittany Beyer, who averages 16.7 ppg. She was named to the All-GLVC first team and the all-region first team.
The Rangers advanced to the Midwest Region championship game last season where they lost to Michigan Tech, 69-57. Rooney had 20 points in that game and Beyer had 14.
The Top Ten
This week's ESPN/USA Today Division II Top Ten can be found below.
Rank Institution/First Place Votes Last Week's Rank Record Points
1 Wayne State (Neb.) -13 2 29-2 666
2 Ashland - 8 4 28-1 653
3 Edinboro - 1 5 28-1 624
4 Cal-San Diego - 3 1 28-2 593
5 Bentley (Mass.) – 1 6 27-3 592
6 Clayton State (Ga.) – 2 3 28-3 558
7 South Carolina-Aiken 9 26-3 521
8 Alaska-Anchorage 8 27-4 497
9 Washburn (Kan.) 10 28-4 461
10 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 7 25-3 454
The survivor of the Midwest Regional Tournament advances to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in San Antonio. That tournament begins on Tuesday, Mar. 20. The national semifinals will be played on Wednesday, Mar. 21 and the national championship game will be played on Friday, Mar. 23.