No. 1 AU Women Return Home For Tech, Northern

No. 1 AU Women Return Home For Tech, Northern

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Opening Tip

The top-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will return to Kates Gymnasium and head back into Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play in the first week of 2017.

The Eagles (14-0 overall, 6-0 GLIAC) will play host to two GLIAC North Division tri-leaders - Michigan Tech (8-2, 4-1) on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Northern Michigan (9-3, 4-1) on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. The game against the Huskies will be Church Night, and the contest vs. the Wildcats is Upward Basketball Day.

Ashland comes into the new year with a three-game lead in the GLIAC South through just three weeks of league play. The Eagles have that lead over second-place Ohio Dominican and Walsh.

A win over Tech on Jan. 5 would give the Eagles a new program record for most consecutive regular-season home wins. The current Eagles are tied at 32 such victories in a row with the group which set the mark from Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 9, 2013.

 

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.

- 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.

 

Eagles Maintain Top Spot In WBCA Division II Poll

Ashland is the No. 1-ranked team in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll for the third week in a row, as the latest poll was released on Tuesday (Jan. 3) afternoon.

The Eagles remain the top-ranked team in the country, having garnered 22 of 24 first-place votes. Ashland had 20 first-place votes on Dec. 13, and 21 on Dec. 21.

This is the 16th time Ashland has been the No. 1 team in the WBCA poll. Ashland is 29-1 all-time when playing as the top team in Division II.

Tuesday is the 59th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-16 season. It is the 43rd time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 35th time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 24th consecutive poll in which AU has appeared.

Ashland is one of six undefeated teams in Division II, and is one of two GLIAC teams in this week's poll, along with No. 21 Grand Valley State.

2016-17 WBCA TOP 25 POLL RANKINGS: No. 5 (preseason), No. 3 (Nov. 22), No. 2 (Nov. 29 and Dec. 6), No. 1 (Dec. 13, Dec. 21 and Jan. 3).

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The Eagles are coming off a four-game road swing in which they won their two toughest games of 2016-17 - 75-61 at then-No. 22-ranked Grand Valley State on Dec. 19 and 88-83 at then-No. 4-ranked Bellarmine on Dec. 30.

"It was very much a tough grind," said Fralick. "We won in different ways. I was proud of our team to string together four straight road games against really good teams, especially one coming right after (Christmas) break against a Top 5 team on the road. They showed toughness, they showed resiliency and made winning plays.

"Basketball seasons are really long, and they're full of all different kinds of games. So many teams, so many different styles. We got tested. The Bellarmine game, we had to make plays. You can simulate that in practice, but until the game lights are on and you have to do it, that was really good experience for us."

Ashland begins 2017 by finishing regular-season play against the GLIAC North Division.

"Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan both are really good," Fralick said. "They're two of the top teams in the league. They've been two of the top teams in the league consistently. They're good, and we've got to make sure we're ready to play."

 

Daugherty Earns South Honor For Ninth Time

On Monday (Jan. 2) afternoon, junior forward Andi Daugherty was named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for the second time in 2016-17 and the ninth time in her Eagle career.

Daugherty posted 28 points, the second-most of her Eagle career, and a season-high-tying nine rebounds, in Ashland's win at Bellarmine. She scored nine points as Ashland jumped out to a 17-2 lead, then posted eight points as the Knights attempted a fourth-quarter comeback.

Daugherty was 12-for-17 from the floor (12 field goals a new career high), 1-of-2 from 3-point range and added two assists and two steals. She had the 17th 20-plus-point game of her career, and has 1,156 career points, 15th-most in Ashland history.

In 14 games in 2016-17, Daugherty is averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor and 36.0 percent from 3-point range. She is fifth in the GLIAC in field-goal percentage, and eighth in scoring.

"Andi played excellent," Fralick said. "She rebounded, her defensive versatility is always a really, really important part of what we do defensively. And then she scored. She did a great job of keeping the game simple and finishing."

This is the fifth time an Ashland women's basketball player has won GLIAC South Player of the Week this season, as junior forward Laina Snyder did so in Weeks 2 and 3, and freshman guard Jodi Johnson did so in Week 4.

 

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 13 points away from passing Alanna Buurma for 10th place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, while Daugherty is 45 points away from passing Gail Wasmus for 14th 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

2,382

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Jan. 1, the Eagles have the best overall winning streak (14) and conference winning streak (14) in the country. Ashland leads NCAA Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71-to-1), assists per game (25.1), field-goal percentage (51.2) and scoring margin per game (35.9), is second in scoring offense per game (95.1), third in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.0) and turnover margin per game (10.07), tied for third in steals per game (15.1) and sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (22.3).

Senior guard Kelsey Peare remains the top 3-point shooter in the country at 59.3 percent, and is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.86-to-1). Senior guard Alex Henning is sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.43-to-1), while Snyder is eighth in steals per game (3.36) and tied for ninth in double-doubles (seven).

Snyder is third among active Division II players in career steals per game (2.72), seventh in career double-doubles (33) and tied for seventh in career steals (220).

 

Ashland Sets The Division II Pace

Ashland has been the best Division II women's basketball program 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 Jan. 1):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

158

23

.873

2. Limestone

150

23

.867

3. Bentley

147

31

.826

4. Emporia State

145

34

.810

5. West Texas A&M

138

37

.789

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles also are first in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Jan. 1):

 

School

Won

Lost

Pct.

1. ASHLAND

158

23

.873

2. Limestone

150

23

.867

3. Bentley

147

31

.826

4. Alaska Anchorage

129

29

.816

5. Emporia State

145

34

.810


They've Been Here Before…

This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have started at least 14-0 (they won the first 21 games in 2015-16), and the third time in program history Ashland has won at least the first 14 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

2016-17

14-0

 

Getting It Done Against Some Of The Best

Ashland is 3-0 against teams that were nationally-ranked at the time of the game, and the results, beyond the wins themselves, are impressive:

 

CATEGORY

VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS

Points per game

88.0

Points allowed per game

64.7

Field-goal percentage

50.8

Field-goal percentage allowed

39.1

3-point field-goal percentage

48.1

3-point field-goal percentage allowed

17.4

Rebounds per game

37.7

Rebounds allowed per game

35.7

Assists per game

24.3

Turnover margin per game

+6.0

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

In addition to potentially setting a new program record for consecutive regular-season home wins this week, Ashland has a few more winning streaks on the line as it returns to GLIAC play.

The entire list of current Eagle winning streaks follows:

 

CATEGORY

CURRENT

AU RECORD

Regular-season home win streak

32 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

32 (Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 9, 2013)

32 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

 
 

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

22 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

26 (Feb. 3, 2011-Dec. 16, 2013)

Regular-season win streak

20 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

49 (Nov. 13, 2011-Feb. 9, 2013)

Overall win streak

14 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

33 (Nov. 13, 2011-March 21, 2012)

GLIAC regular-season win streak

12 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

38 (Feb. 24, 2011-Feb. 9, 2013)

Road/neutral-site win streak

9 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

14 (Nov. 13, 2011-March 21, 2012)

Regular-season road/neutral-site win streak

9 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

23 (Nov. 13, 2011-Jan. 24, 2012)

Home win streak

7 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

44 (Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 9, 2013)

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

6 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

17 (Feb. 24, 2011-Jan. 24, 2012)

 

Versatility Extends To The Boards

Ashland's versatility has been evident in the scoring and assist columns throughout 2016-17, but thanks to a road trip in which Johnson twice led the Eagles in rebounding in a game, the numbers on the boards are becoming more spread out, as well.

Snyder goes for 9.9 rebounds per game, but freshman forward Sara Loomis (6.0), junior forward Julie Worley (4.9), Daugherty (4.8) and Johnson (4.8) also are going for at least 4.8 boards a night.

"Our rebounding's been really balanced. Jodi at the guard spot really brings that to our team," Fralick said. "That being said, that's something we want to clean up a little bit."

 

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

12/14/16

at Notre Dame College

38:47

1:13

0:00

12/17/16

at Ferris State

38:30

1:30

0:00

12/19/16

at Grand Valley State

33:13

2:45

4:02

12/30/16

at Bellarmine

39:30

0:30

0:00

 
 

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