No. 2 Eagles Start GLIAC Home Slate Vs. #24 SVSU, WSU

No. 2 Eagles Start GLIAC Home Slate Vs. #24 SVSU, WSU

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Opening Tip

The No. 2-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team (8-0 overall, 2-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will open home league play in 2016-17 with two games this week at Kates Gymnasium – Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. against No. 24 Saginaw Valley State (6-1, 2-0) and Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. vs. Wayne State (4-3, 2-0).

This week's games feature the GLIAC South Division leader in the Eagles, and two of the three GLIAC North Division tri-leaders in the Cardinals and Warriors.

The Eagles are coming off two road wins to start the GLIAC season – 94-66 at Lake Superior State on Dec. 1 and 95-63 at Northwood on Dec. 3.

Ashland comes into the week on a 14-game regular-season winning streak and a 30-game home regular-season winning streak.

The Eagles have won more games (152) than any NCAA Division II women's basketball program since the start of the 2011-12 season.

 

Eagles On The Air

- Both games this week will be aired live on WNCO-AM 1340, with Marty Bannister on the call.

- Both games this week will be aired live on WRDL-FM 88.9.

- Head coach Robyn Fralick appears on "The Early Bird's Word" on WRDL every Friday at 8:30 a.m., and on "Inside The Huddle With Noah Cloonan" every Wednesday during the season.

 

Eagles Vs. Cardinals And Warriors

Ashland has won six straight games against Saginaw Valley State, the last of which was a 72-57 decision at home last season. In that game, forwards Andi Daugherty (19 points) and Laina Snyder (18) and guard McKenzie Miller (16) all scored in double figures, while the Eagles boasted a 39-26 rebounding advantage.

Against Wayne State, the Eagles have won eight of the last nine matchups. In 2015-16, Ashland took both meetings against the Warriors - 92-82 in double overtime in Detroit, Mich., and 81-60 at home.

The road game last season saw Ashland survive multiple last-second baskets by WSU, and Daugherty scored what still is a career-high 32 points. Both Daugherty (13 rebounds) and Snyder (15 points, career-high-tying 18 rebounds) had double-doubles, while Miller and guard Alex Henning each added 18 points.

"Really big weekend ahead," Fralick said. "Saginaw is an NCAA Tournament team that won an NCAA Tournament game last year. Their entire team is returning, and they have more depth, so they're better.

"And then Wayne State just came off a really big win against Hillsdale. They're always a tough matchup. They tend to be very athletic. As the GLIAC always is, some more tough contests ahead."

 

Ashland Women Stay At No. 2 In Division II WBCA Poll

For the second consecutive week, Ashland is the No. 2-ranked team in the country, as the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 poll was released on Tuesday (Dec. 6) morning.

The Eagles received three first-place votes, while top-ranked Emporia State (8-0) received the other 21.

The No. 2 ranking is Ashland's highest in the WBCA poll since finishing the 2013 season at No. 1 following its NCAA Division II national championship.

This marks the 56th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-96 season. It is the 40th time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 33rd time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 21st straight poll in which AU has appeared.

The Eagles are 17-1 all-time as the No. 2-ranked team the WBCA poll.

Ashland is one of three GLIAC teams in the latest Top 25 poll, along with Grand Valley State (No. 16) and Saginaw Valley State (No. 24).

Through games of Dec. 4, Ashland is one of 13 undefeated women's basketball teams in Division II.

 

Johnson Lands First GLIAC South Player Of The Week Award

It didn't take long for Ashland freshman guard Jodi Johnson to earn her first GLIAC Player of the Week honor.

Johnson was named the Week 4 GLIAC South Player of the Week on Monday (Dec. 5) afternoon. In road wins against Lake Superior State and Northwood, Johnson scored a career-high 17 points twice, and she finished the weekend averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game while hitting 8-of-13 from the field and all 16 attempts from the free-throw line.

In eight games (all starts) in her freshman season, Johnson is averaging 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per contest, and is hitting 56.0 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line.

"When freshmen come in, there's a lot to learn," Fralick said. "She's a really good basketball player - she finds ways to score, she's a good passer, she's a good rebounder. She creates opportunities for her teammates, so she impacts the game in a lot of ways, and that's been fun to see."

This is the third consecutive week an AU women's player has earned GLIAC South honors, as Snyder garnered the award in Weeks 2 and 3. Johnson becomes the program's first freshman to win the award since Daugherty did so twice in 2014-15.


They've Been Here Before…

This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have started at least 8-0 (they won the first 21 games in 2015-16), and the sixth time in program history Ashland has won at least the first eight games of a campaign.

 

TOP ASHLAND UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STARTS TO A SEASON

YEAR             MOST WINS WITHOUT A LOSS TO START

2012-13         24-0

2015-16         21-0

1996-97         12-0

1981-82         12-0

1995-96         11-0

2016-17         8-0

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Dec. 4, the Eagles are the Division II pacesetter in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.86-to-1), assists per game (26.0), field-goal percentage (52.4) and scoring margin per game (40.8). Ashland is second in the country in steals per game (15.6), and tied for second in scoring offense per game (97.1).

Individually, senior guard Kelsey Peare leads the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (64.0), while Snyder is tied for third in steals per game (3.88).

 

Defense Continues To Suffocate

At Lake Superior State, the Eagles led 12-0 before the Lakers could get their first shot off. Ashland has forced at least 17 turnovers in every game so far in 2016-17.

Entering the week, Ashland is ranked first in the GLIAC in field-goal percentage defense (35.0), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (24.3) and turnovers forced per game (24.4), and second in scoring defense per game (56.4) and rebounding margin per game (12.6).

"Our defense is a huge part of our identity," Fralick said. "It's a huge part of what we do, so we definitely set the tone early in the Lake State game with the way we guarded, and I thought we did the same thing, set the tone early in the Northwood game."

 

Getting Starters Rest, Bench Production

None of Ashland's starters are averaging more than 23.9 minutes per game, and five of the Eagles' reserves are averaging anywhere from 13.3-19.4 minutes per contest.

On average, Ashland's bench is outscoring the opposition's bench, 38.4-14.8.

"A huge strength of our team is our depth," said Fralick, "and with the way we play and the effort that needs to be put into every possession, we need depth. The depth is a strength, so we're trying to maximize that.

"Any time you're getting experience, it counts. The fact that we've been in situations where everyone's gotten to play and find ways to impact the game has been really a great thing for our team. You can't teach experience."

 

Snyder, Daugherty Climbing AU Points Lists Separately, Together

Snyder and Daugherty each went past the 1,000-career-point mark earlier this season. Snyder is 11 points away from passing Catherine Portyrata for 14th place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, and Daugherty is three points from moving past Alyssa Miller for 17th place.

In the 50-season history of Eagle women's basketball, only four sets of classmates have each gone past 1,000 points. Snyder and Daugherty are chasing those pairs on a different list:

 

CLASSMATES

LAST SEASON

COMBINED PTS.

Amber Rall/Catherine Portyrata

2006-07

3,210

Kari Daugherty/Daiva Gerbec

2012-13

2,672

Gweynn Hampel/Darla Plice

1977-78

2,518

LAINA SNYDER/ANDI DAUGHERTY

Current

2,176

 

Could Be A Record-Tying Weekend

With two wins this week, Ashland will tie its record for consecutive regular-season wins at home. The mark is 32, accomplished from Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 9, 2013, and the current Eagles regular-season Kates Gymnasium win streak is 30, started on Dec. 19, 2014.

 

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 Dec. 4):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

152

23

.869

2. Limestone

148

21

.876

3. Bentley

143

30

.827

4. Emporia State

141

33

.810

5. West Texas A&M

135

35

.794

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles are second in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Dec. 4). Ashland has closed the gap on Limestone in the first four weeks of 2016-16, going from trailing by 15 percentage points to trailing by only seven:

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. Limestone

148

21

.876

2. Ashland

152

23

.869

3. Bentley

143

30

.827

T4. Alaska Anchorage

124

29

.810

T4. Emporia State

141

33

.810

 
 

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 73 of the first 75 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

Snyder (14)

at Gannon

11/23/16

Snyder (15)

SLIPPERY ROCK

11/26/16

Loomis (10)

MERCYHURST

11/27/16

Snyder (9)

at Lake Superior State

12/1/16

Snyder (10)

at Northwood

12/3/16

 

2016-17 Competitiveness Chart

The following is a look at the Eagles' 2016-17 "competitiveness chart" – the measure of how long a team leads, is tied and trails in a game:

 

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME AHEAD

TIME TIED

TIME BEHIND

11/11/16

CEDARVILLE

37:21

2:39

0:00

11/12/16

ALDERSON BROADDUS

38:28

1:32

0:00

11/19/16

INDIANAPOLIS

39:39

0:21

0:00

11/23/16

at Gannon

37:26

1:42

0:43

11/26/16

SLIPPERY ROCK

39:13

0:46

0:00

11/27/16

MERCYHURST

27:32

0:50

11:38

12/1/16

at Lake Superior State

39:29

0:31

0:00

12/3/16

at Northwood

38:00

1:00

1:00

 
 

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