#5 Ashland Women To Play Host To Greyhounds

#5 Ashland Women To Play Host To Greyhounds

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Opening Tip

The No. 5-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will continue its early-season non-conference Kates Gymnasium schedule on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. against Indianapolis.

Starting 2016-17 at home in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Midwest Athletic Conference Exempt Tournament, the Eagles defeated both Cedarville (91-47) and Alderson Broaddus (128-41).

The Greyhounds went 2-0 at home in a GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge, defeating Findlay (70-59) and Walsh (57-56). They will play on Nov. 16 at Tiffin before taking on Ashland.

Ashland is 91-11 (.892) in its last 102 games at Kates Gymnasium, and has won eight consecutive regular-season non-conference home games.

Through Nov. 14, the Eagles have the most wins (146) and second-best winning percentage (.864) in NCAA Division II since the start of 2011-12.

 

Eagles Vs. Greyhounds

Through Nov. 14, Ashland leads the GLIAC in scoring offense (109.5 ppg.), field-goal percentage (52.9), assists per game (30.0), steals per game (19.5) and turnovers per game (8.5), and is second in scoring defense (43.0 ppg.), field-goal percentage defense (28.8), 3-point field-goal percentage (48.8), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (17.6), rebounds per game (49.0) and rebounding margin per game (plus-18.5).

Also through Nov. 14, Indianapolis is first in the GLVC in field-goal percentage defense (28.6), tied for first in blocked shots per game (4.5), third in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.9) and fourth in scoring defense (57.5 ppg.) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (26.1).

The last meeting between the Eagles and Greyhounds came on Nov. 24, 2015, with Ashland winning on the road, 74-57, to remain undefeated four games into the 2015-16 campaign. Forward Andi Daugherty led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, while forward Suzy Wollenhaupt came off the bench for 14 points on 6-of-8 from the floor.

 

A Record-Setting Day Against The Battlers

It was a game where the Ashland record book had to be cracked open more than once.

The Eagles' 128-41 win on Nov. 12 at home against Alderson Broaddus saw them set four school records:

- Points (128)

- Field goals (49)

- Assists (35)

- Margin of victory (87)

Ashland also was close to setting new program single-game standards in steals and 3-point field goals.

In addition, junior forward Laina Snyder became the 18th player in program history to score her 1,000th career point, and has 1,006 going into Week 2.

Finally, freshman forward/guard Sara Loomis scored 25 points in just 20 minutes off the bench, becoming the first Eagle to score at least 25 points in a reserve role since Lindsay Tenyak (27) at Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 20, 2011.

"Two great team efforts," Ashland head coach Robyn Fralick said of the wins over Cedarville and the Battlers. "I was impressed that we did the things that we wanted to do well. We did a good job forcing turnovers, converting those into points. I thought our pressure defense was good, we rebounded the ball well and, most importantly, we played hard for 40 minutes."

 

Eagles Still Giving No Quarter

Ashland has played 35 games since the NCAA changed women's basketball from halves to quarters. The following are the Eagles' best scoring quarters and best defensive quarters since the start of the 2015-16 season:

 

HIGHEST-SCORING QUARTERS

DATE

QTR.

OPPONENT

PTS.

11/11/16

2

CEDARVILLE

37

11/12/16

3

ALDERSON BROADDUS

34

11/12/16

4

ALDERSON BROADDUS

34

 

LOWEST-SCORING QUARTERS FOR OPPONENTS

DATE

QTR.

OPPONENT

PTS.

2/25/16

1

LAKE ERIE

0

2/1/16

4

at Lake Erie

2

12/19/15

3

ST. JOSEPH'S (IND.)

4

1/14/16

2

WALSH

6


One 1,000-Point Scorer Down, One To Go…

Statistics like this aren't easily compiled, but the odds of there being too many instances where different players have scored their 1,000th career point on the same team in back-to-back games are low.

Snyder surpassed that milestone against Alderson Broaddus, and Daugherty has the opportunity to do so vs. Indianapolis with 24 points.

"To score 1,000 points period in a college career is very impressive, and that's why it's celebrated, because it's not common," Fralick said. "To do it early in your junior year is very unique. I think they would both tell you that they've been able to do it because they've been able to play together, and they make each other better, and they're both dynamic players.

"That's a really neat thing that individually, this is quite an accolade, but it took a collective effort to do it."

 

The Kids Are Alright

Ashland's four freshmen all saw time in the first two games of the 2016-17 season.

- Loomis has 29 points and 20 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

"Sara has been consistently productive, in our preseason games and then, obviously, these first two games," said Fralick. "She's very skilled, and being 6-2 is a great advantage defensively and being able to finish around the basket."

- Guard Jodi Johnson started both games and posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

- Guard Renee Stimpert leads the team in assists with 13, while adding eight points and five rebounds.

"Renee is a dynamic playmaker," Fralick said. "She's really good at pushing the ball. We play fast, she does a good job of playing fast and creating opportunities for her teammates."

- Guard Baylee Kuhlwein dished out three assists and grabbed a rebound in 17 minutes.

 

The Winning Combination

Four of Ashland's five starters from the 2015-16 season return for 2016-17.

This year's starting lineup has done plenty of winning over the years:

 

NAME

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

TOTAL

Andi Daugherty

2-0

31-2

25-9

 

58-11

Alex Henning

2-0

31-2

3-1

 

36-3

Kelsey Peare

2-0

31-2

20-6

13-5

66-13

Laina Snyder

2-0

31-2

21-5

 

54-7

Jodi Johnson

2-0

 
 
 

2-0

 

Eagles Turn Halftime Leads Into Wins

Ashland is 28-0 since the start of the 2015-16 season when leading at the half.

That should come as no surprise, since Ashland has made a habit in recent years of not only having the lead after the first 20 minutes, but finishing that off in the second half:

 

SEASON

WHEN LEADING AT HALF

SEASON

WHEN LEADING AT HALF

2016-17

2-0

2013-14

12-2

2015-16

26-0

2012-13

35-0

2014-15

23-2

2011-12

29-1

 

Peare Starts Senior Season With A Bang

Senior guard Kelsey Peare has improved her 3-point field-goal percentage as her career has progressed, going from 27.8 percent in her first two seasons combined to 35.6 percent as a junior to a 6-for-7 effort in the first two games of the new campaign.

"Every single year she's been here, she's improved," Fralick said. "She's a completely different player now than she was when she came in as a freshman, and that's because she's put in a lot of time in developing her game. It's fun to see your players' hard work pay off."

Peare has 28 points, three rebounds and three assists so far in 2016-17.

 

Morrison Provides Senior Leadership, Production Off Eagle Bench

Another senior guard, Rachelle Morrison, came off the bench to post 20 points, three rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes in the first weekend of the season.

"Rachelle's box score numbers were great," Fralick said, "but more importantly than that, she's an incredible leader, and that's something she's really brought to our team this year, is just the consistency about her, consistency of her expectations of the team, consistency of her communication, and those are things that not everybody gets to see, but I get to see it every day."

 

Ashland Helps Set The Division II Pace

Ashland has been one of Division II's top women's basketball programs in the last five-plus years, a stretch which includes a national championship in 2013 and a national runner-up finish in 2012.

In the wins column, the Eagles lead Division II since the start of the 2011-12 season (through Nov. 14):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

146

23

.864

2. Limestone

144

21

.873

3. Bentley

138

28

.831

4. Emporia State

135

33

.804

5. West Texas A&M

131

34

.794

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles are second in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Nov. 14):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. Limestone

144

21

.873

2. ASHLAND

146

23

.864

3. Bentley

138

28

.831

4. Alaska Anchorage

120

28

.811

5. Emporia State

135

33

.804

 

Juniors Take Turns As Rebound Leaders

The junior forward trio of Snyder, Daugherty and Julie Worley had led or co-led AU in rebounds in a game in 68 of the first 69 games of their careers...

LEADER(S)

OPPONENT

DATE

Daugherty (12)

vs. Cedarville

11/14/14

Snyder (15)

vs. Ursuline

11/15/14

Daugherty (9)

at Southern Ind.

11/22/14

Daugherty (11)

GANNON

11/25/14

Daugherty (20)

GRAND VALLEY

12/4/14

Daugherty/Snyder (9)

FERRIS STATE

12/6/14

Daugherty (7)

at Hillsdale

12/11/14

Snyder (7)

at Saginaw Valley

12/14/14

Snyder (10)

DAVIS & ELKINS

12/19/14

Snyder (11)

URBANA

12/20/14

Daugherty (8)

NORTHWOOD

1/2/15

Snyder (13)

LAKE SUPERIOR

1/4/15

Snyder (7)

at Northern Mich.

1/8/15

Daugherty (9)

at Michigan Tech

1/10/15

Snyder (14)

at Walsh

1/15/15

Snyder (5)

MALONE

1/17/15

Daugherty (12)

FINDLAY

1/22/15

Snyder (13)

WAYNE STATE

1/24/15

Worley (9)

at Ohio Dominican

1/29/15

Snyder (11)

at Tiffin

1/31/15

Worley (9)

LAKE ERIE

2/2/15

Daugherty/Snyder (11)

WALSH

2/5/15

Daugherty (7)

at Malone

2/7/15

Snyder (11)

at Findlay

2/12/15

Daugherty (14)

at Wayne State

2/14/15

Daugherty (9)

O. DOMINICAN

2/19/15

Daugherty (12)

TIFFIN

2/21/15

Snyder (11)

at Lake Erie

2/26/15

Snyder (11)

NORTHWOOD

3/4/15

Daugherty (10)

vs. Walsh

3/7/15

Daugherty (10)

at Michigan Tech

3/8/15

Daugherty/Snyder (5)

vs. Southern Ind.

3/13/15

Daugherty (13)

at Michigan Tech

3/14/15

Snyder (13)

vs. Lewis

3/16/15

Snyder (11)

vs. Cedarville

11/13/15

Snyder (10)

at Alderson Broaddus

11/14/15

Daugherty (7)

SOUTHERN IND.

11/21/15

Daugherty (12)

at Indianapolis

11/24/15

Snyder (18)

at Grand Valley St.

12/3/15

Snyder (9)

at Ferris State

12/5/15

Snyder (14)

HILLSDALE

12/9/15

Snyder (7)

SVSU

12/12/15

Daugherty (12)

ST. JOSEPH'S

12/19/15

Snyder (14)

URBANA

12/20/15

Daugherty (7)

at Northwood

1/2/16

Snyder (8)

at Lake Superior

1/3/16

Snyder (12)

N. MICHIGAN

1/7/16

Snyder (9)

MICH. TECH

1/9/16

Daugherty (8)

WALSH

1/14/16

Daugherty (9)

at Malone

1/16/16

Daugherty (8)

at Findlay

1/21/16

Snyder (18)

at Wayne State

1/23/16

Snyder (9)

O. DOMINICAN

1/28/16

Snyder (12)

TIFFIN

1/30/16

Miller (10)

at Lake Erie

2/1/16

Daugherty (7)

at Walsh

2/4/16

Snyder (10)

MALONE

2/6/16

Snyder (14)

FINDLAY

2/11/16

Daugherty/Snyder (7)

WAYNE STATE

2/13/16

Snyder (13)

at Ohio Dominican

2/18/16

Snyder (9)

at Tiffin

2/20/16

Daugherty (11)

LAKE ERIE

2/25/16

Snyder (9)

N. MICHIGAN

3/1/16

Snyder (7)

WALSH

3/5/16

Daugherty/Snyder (10)

GRAND VALLEY

3/6/16

Daugherty (16)

URSULINE

3/11/16

Snyder (9)

DRURY

3/12/16

Worley (10)

CEDARVILLE

11/11/16

Snyder (13)

A. BROADDUS

11/12/16

 
 

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