No. 1 Ashland Women Finish 2016 On The Road

No. 1 Ashland Women Finish 2016 On The Road

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Opening Tip

The top-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will finish 2016 with four straight road games - two non-conference and two in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Eagles (10-0 overall, 4-0 GLIAC) will take on Notre Dame College (2-5) on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., then return to GLIAC play against Ferris State (2-7, 2-2) on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and No. 22-ranked Grand Valley State (7-2, 3-1) on Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

Ashland will play another nationally-ranked team between Christmas and New Year's Day, going to No. 4 Bellarmine (8-0) on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.

The Eagles are coming off their first back-to-back 100-plus-point games in program history - a 101-50 win at Kates Gymnasium over Saginaw Valley State on Dec. 8 and a 103-55 home decision vs. Wayne State on Dec. 10.

Ashland also has scored at least 100 points three times this season for another program record.

 

Eagles On The Air

- Both games this week will be aired live on WNCO-AM 1340.

- Select home games will be aired live on WRDL-FM 88.9.

- All GLIAC home regular-season games will be aired on tape delay on SportsTime Ohio.

- 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.

 

Ashland Women Are New No. 1 In WBCA Division II Poll

After more than three years away, Ashland is back on top of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 poll.

In the latest WBCA poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 13) afternoon, the Eagles sit at No. 1 for the first time since the season-ending 2013 poll following the program's first national championship. Ashland received 20 of 24 first-place votes.

"It's a great recognition," said Fralick, "and yet we know so much of that has come from what this program has done in the past. We've had a great start. There's something you need to hold on to about that, because that's a good thing. We also know it's just a start.

"What I've loved about this team is a few things. There's a selflessness about them that's really the next teammate up, and they're happy for each other. They love to play. What I've really enjoyed about this group is they love to play. Moving forward, we still have a lot of season ahead of us."

This marks the 14th time Ashland has been the No. 1 team in the WBCA poll, as the Eagles also earned the honor for 13 weeks during the 2012-13 national title run (preseason-Feb. 12, 2013 and April 2, 2013).

Ashland has a 25-1 all-time record when playing as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

Tuesday is the 57th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-96 season. It is the 41st time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 34th time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 22nd consecutive poll in which AU has appeared.

The Eagles are joined in the Top 25 by fellow GLIAC squad Grand Valley State (No. 22).

Ashland is one of 12 undefeated women's basketball teams in NCAA Division II through Monday (Dec. 12).

Going into this week, the Eagles rank first in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.91-to-1), assists per game (26.9), field-goal percentage (52.0), scoring margin per game and scoring offense per game (98.1), and are second in Division II in steals per game (15.2).

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland's home wins against Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State not only was the first time in program history with 100-plus points in consecutive games, they also tied the program record for consecutive regular-season home wins with 32.

"It was a great week for us," Fralick said. "I thought we played really well on both ends of the ball (against Saginaw). And then, in the Wayne State game, I just liked our energy on both ends of the ball. Wayne State is a team that scores a lot of points. We settled in defensively and did a good job."

The Eagles will play three games in six days on the road, then come back from Christmas for yet another road contest to close 2016.

"Notre Dame College just beat Cleveland State at Cleveland State (in an exhibition). Last year, they had 20 wins," Fralick said. "Ferris State has had some big wins. They just came off winning at Walsh. They're much-improved from last season. And Grand Valley's a team that was just in the Final Four with their entire team returning, so a really tough week ahead, and they're all on the road, so we're going to need to be ready to play.

"Our kids come here to play great teams. Our kids come here to play in a great league. That's a big part of why they want to play at Ashland, these sorts of challenges. It will be a tough task. We know they are all very different to prepare for. That's what makes it fun. You want to play against the best."

 

Daugherty Lands Week 5 GLIAC South Player Of The Week Award

For the eighth time as an Eagle, Ashland junior forward Andi Daugherty has earned the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week award.

Daugherty was named the 2016-17 Week 5 GLIAC South Player of the Week on Monday (Dec. 12) afternoon. In home wins against No. 24-ranked Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State last week, Daugherty posted 32 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and six steals while hitting 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in just 44 minutes.

"Andi had an excellent week, extremely efficient," said Fralick. "Shot the ball well, rebounded. Her defensive versatility is critical in what we do. Good passing. She impacts the game in a lot of ways every night."

Also over the weekend, Daugherty (1,095 career points) passed both Alyssa Miller and DeAndria Bethune and moved into 16th place on Ashland's all-time scoring list.

In the first 10 games of 2016-17 for the Eagles, Daugherty is averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game while hitting 57.3 percent from the floor (fourth-best in the conference), 31.3 percent from 3-point range and 71.0 percent from the foul line.

This is the fourth straight week an AU women's player has earned GLIAC South laurels, following junior forward Laina Snyder in Weeks 2 and 3, and freshman guard Jodi Johnson in Week 4.

"The fact that we've had three different players speaks to our depth and our balance," Fralick said. "It's been different kids playing exceptionally well on different nights."


They've Been Here Before…

This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have started at least 10-0 (they won the first 21 games in 2015-16), and the sixth time in program history Ashland has won at least the first 10 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         10-0

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Dec. 11, senior guard Kelsey Peare continues to lead Division II in 3-point field-goal percentage (67.6), and is third in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.63-to-1). Snyder is tied for fifth in the country in steals per game (3.5) and fourth in double-doubles (seven), while senior guard Alex Henning is seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.89-to-1).

In the GLIAC, Snyder leads the league in rebounding (11.2 rpg.) and steals, and is fourth in scoring (17.1 ppg.), while Daugherty is seventh in scoring (15.3 ppg.). Ashland boasts three of the conference's top five shooters in terms of field-goal percentage - Peare (65.1), Daugherty (57.3) and sophomore guard Maddie Dackin (56.4) - and both Peare (first) and Dackin (tied for sixth, 45.8) are in the top 10 in 3-point percentage. Johnson is fifth in the league in free-throw percentage (88.5), and Stimpert (second, 4.0), Peare (tied for fifth, 3.7) and Henning (eighth, 3.5) all are in the top 10 in assists per contest. Freshman forward Sara Loomis is third in the conference in blocks per game (2.0).

 

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 49 points away from tying Gail Wasmus for 13th place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, while Daugherty is 28 points away from tying Catherine Portyrata for 15th 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

2,246

 

Eagles' High-Octane Offense Continues

Coming into the week, Ashland (98.1 ppg.) leads the country in scoring offense by 2.2 points per game over the second-best team, West Virginia State (95.9). The Eagles' 128 points vs. Alderson Broaddus is tied for second-most in the country in a game in 2016-17.

"With our depth, there's a lot of productivity," Fralick said. "It's one thing to play a lot of players. It's another thing to play a lot of players that are being very productive, and that's what our bench this year has brought. We play with great tempo and pace. It's an up-and-down game."

 

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. 11):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

154

23

.870

2. Limestone

149

22

.871

3. Bentley

145

30

.829

4. Emporia State

142

34

.807

5. West Texas A&M

136

36

.791

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles are second in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Dec. 11). Ashland has closed the gap on Limestone in the first four weeks of 2016-17, going from trailing by 15 percentage points to trailing by only one:

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. Limestone

149

22

.871

2. Ashland

154

23

.870

3. Bentley

145

30

.829

4. Alaska Anchorage

125

29

.812

5. Emporia State

142

34

.807

 

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 75 of the first 77 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

Snyder (10)

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

12/8/16

Snyder (13)

WAYNE STATE

12/10/16

 

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

12/8/16

SAGINAW VALLEY ST.

39:01

0:59

0:00

12/10/16

WAYNE STATE

38:56

1:04

0:00

 
 

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