#3 Eagle Women Set For Three Vs. PSAC West

#3 Eagle Women Set For Three Vs. PSAC West

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Opening Tip

The No. 3-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team (3-0) will play three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division foes in a five-day period in Week 3 of the 2016-17 season.

The Eagles will go on the road for the first time this season on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. against Gannon (1-4), then return home for the 2016 Holiday Inn Express Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 26) at 1 p.m. against Slippery Rock (3-1) and Sunday (Nov. 27) at 3 p.m. vs. Mercyhurst (4-0).

Ashland is coming off an 88-66 regional home victory over Indianapolis on Nov. 19, giving it 92 wins in its last 103 games (.893) at Kates Gymnasium, and nine consecutive regular-season non-conference home victories.

The Eagles have won 12 straight regular-season non-conference games overall coming into the week.

 

Eagles Vs. Gannon, Slippery Rock And Mercyhurst

In Ashland's last game against Gannon at home early in the 2014-15 season, the Eagles prevailed, 80-73. Forward Andi Daugherty led four players in double-digit scoring with 20 points and added 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.

Prior to that, the Eagles and Golden Knights played twice in the 2012-13 campaign – a 70-59 win in the second game of the season, then a 74-63 victory in the Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas. In the Elite Eight win, forward Daiva Gerbec posted 23 points and eight rebounds, forward Kari Daugherty added 15 points and 15 boards and guard Taylor Woods racked up 21 points, 10 assists and eight caroms.

"Gannon always is a good regional opponent," said Ashland head coach Robyn Fralick. "A younger team, they have a lot of freshmen in their lineup. It will be a good test going into Thanksgiving break."

Ashland will play its first game against Slippery Rock since the early part of the 2008-09 season – a 78-51 home victory.

The last Eagles game against Mercyhurst was in the early going in 2013-14 in Erie, Pa., with AU taking a 60-47 decision from the Lakers.

Gannon and Mercyhurst both were a part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at one time, coming in for the 1997-98 season and leaving following 2007-08.

"We're really thankful that the Holiday Inn Express helps us with this tournament, and it's really good teams," Fralick said of the field, which includes Hillsdale.

 

Snyder Garners Week 2 GLIAC South Player Of The Week Award

For the first time in 2016-17 and the fifth time in her Eagle career, Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder is the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week.

In the home win against Indy, Snyder posted 29 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, three blocks and two assists while shooting 14-of-22 from the field in 27 minutes of action.

In three games this season for the Eagles, Snyder is averaging 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 5.3 steals per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. Earlier this season, she became the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, and with 1,035 points, Snyder is 14 away from passing Lisa Graue (1,048) for 17th on AU's all-time list.

Snyder comes into Week 3 with 28 double-doubles in 70 career games, and with 633 career rebounds, is 123 away from tying Alanna Buurma and getting on the Top 5 list in Ashland history.

 

Eagle Women Move Up To No. 3 In WBCA Coaches' Poll

A 3-0 start to the 2016-17 season has allowed Ashland to move up two spots in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II coaches' poll, released on Tuesday (Nov. 22).

This is the Eagles' highest ranking in the WBCA poll since March 8, 2016, when they also were No. 3. It also ties for AU's best national ranking since it finished No. 1 after winning the NCAA D-II national championship in 2013.

This marks the 54th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-96 season. It is the 38th time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 31st time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 19th straight poll in which AU has appeared.

Ashland is one of three GLIAC teams in the latest Top 25 poll, along with Grand Valley State (No. 19) and Saginaw Valley State (No. 23).


AU Starts With Three In-Region Victories

Ashland has gotten off to a good start overall and regionally, with all three wins in the first two weeks of the season coming against Midwest Region opponents.

"Indy's a very good team. They've proven that early in their season," said Fralick. "They've played a very tough schedule and done well, so it was a good team win for us early in the year."

While the official Midwest Region rankings are a long way off, the D2SIDA women's basketball media poll has the Eagles leading the way in the region, followed by Drury at No. 2, Bellarmine at No. 3, Saginaw Valley State at No. 4 and Grand Valley State at No. 5.

 

The Countdown Continues…

Daugherty is 16 points away from becoming the 19th player in Ashland women's basketball history to reach 1,000 in a career. In 70 career games as an Eagle, she has scored at 16 points on 28 occasions.

 

Balance Is An Offensive Buzzword So Far

Ashland has had three different leading scorers in the first three games of 2016-17, and six Eagles are averaging at least 9.7 points per contest.

"What we've done well so far is we've shared the ball. I think what's really telling to me is our assists," Fralick said of a team which averages a Division II-high 28.7 assists per game. "You look across the box score at the end of the game, there's a lot of people contributing in different areas of the game. We hope that that continues to be a strength of our team."

 

The Eagles' New Block Party

Ashland had eight blocks against the Greyhounds, the most for the team in a game since recording eight at home against Tiffin on Feb. 21, 2015.

The Eagles have blocked 14 shots in three games, six coming from freshman forward/guard Sara Loomis.

"Sara is very much a natural shot blocker. She gets quite a few by herself," said Fralick. "She's very, very long, which obviously helps."

 

Johnson Fitting Into Starting Lineup

Freshman guard Jodi Johnson immediately moved into the starting lineup this season, and so far, is averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 58.8 percent from the field.

Johnson also has posted double-digit points in two of her three starts - 11 against Cedarville and 13 vs. Indy.

"When freshmen come in, there's a lot of learning," Fralick said. "She's done a great job. I think what stands out about her is she impacts the game in a lot of ways. We hope that continues, and she continues to grow."

 

Worley Keeping Up Last Year's Pace

Junior forward Julie Worley had 14 games of 10 or more points off the bench for the Eagles in 2015-16, and finished as the team's third-leading scorer at 8.5 points per game despite not starting a game.

So far in 2016-17, Worley has two double-digit scoring games, is averaging 12.0 points per game and is Ashland's third-leading scorer.

Her 14 points vs. the Greyhounds and her 13 points against Alderson Broaddus represent two of her best scoring games as an Eagle:

 

DATE

OPPONENT

PTS.

MIN.

2/25/16

LAKE ERIE

16

24

1/7/16

NORTHERN MICHIGAN

16

15

2/20/16

at Tiffin

15

21

2/6/16

MALONE

15

18

11/19/16

INDIANAPOLIS

14

18

2/7/15

at Malone

14

13

11/12/16

ALDERSON BROADDUS

13

20

1/14/16

WALSH

13

19

1/3/16

at Lake Superior State

13

12

 

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. 21):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

147

23

.865

2. Limestone

145

21

.873

3. Bentley

140

28

.833

4. Emporia State

137

33

.806

5. West Texas A&M

132

34

.795

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles are second in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Nov. 21):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. Limestone

145

21

.873

2. Ashland

146

23

.865

3. Bentley

140

28

.833

4. Alaska Anchorage

122

28

.813

5. Emporia State

137

33

.806

 

Juniors Take Turns As Rebound Leaders

The junior forward trio of Snyder, Daugherty and Worley had led or co-led AU in rebounds in a game in 69 of the first 70 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

Snyder (14)

INDIANAPOLIS

11/19/16

 
 

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