No. 1 AU Women Open South Play With Two At Home

No. 1 AU Women Open South Play With Two At Home

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Opening Tip

The No. 1-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division play this week with a pair of games at Kates Gymnasium.

Ashland (16-0 overall, 8-0 GLIAC) will play host to Ohio Dominican (10-5, 5-3) on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and Hillsdale (9-6, 3-5) on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. The Eagles have a three-game lead in the South over the second-place Panthers, and a four-game lead over third-place Walsh.

Finishing off GLIAC North regular-season play last week, Ashland defeated both Michigan Tech (82-75) and Northern Michigan (103-55) at home. In the process, the Eagles set a new program mark for consecutive regular-season home wins with 34.

Coming into the week, Ashland has won 91 of its last 100 games at Kates Gymnasium, and has NCAA Division II's longest current winning streak at 16 games.

 

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.

 

Eagle Women Stay At No. 1 In WBCA Division II Coaches' Poll

For the fourth consecutive time, Ashland University's women's basketball team is the top-ranked team in the country in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the latest edition of which was released on Tuesday (Jan. 10) afternoon.

The Eagles received 22 of 24 first-place votes in the latest poll. They received 20 first-place votes on Dec. 13, 21 on Dec. 21 and 22 on Jan. 3.

This is the 17th time Ashland has been the No. 1-ranked team in the WBCA poll. The Eagles are 31-1 all-time when playing as the top team in the country.

Tuesday marks the 60th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-96 season. It is the 44th time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 36th time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 25th straight poll in which AU has appeared.

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

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, Jan. 3 and Jan. 10).

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland established a new program record for consecutive regular-season wins at Kates Gymnasium (34) with victories last week over Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.

"Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are both really good teams," Fralick said. "They're both two of the top teams in the North. We think of that as a season, the North part, and we wanted to finish that out undefeated, and we were able to do that against two really good teams.

"We got a lot of good feedback from those games, both positive and things that we watched and thought, 'Wow, we've got to really do this better.'"

Ashland is 12-0 against Ohio Dominican since the Panthers joined the GLIAC, including 66-62 (home) and 74-65 (road) victories in 2015-16. The win in Columbus involved a rally from a 15-point third-quarter deficit.

The Eagles have won eight of the last nine meetings with Hillsdale. Last season, Ashland beat the Chargers at home, 80-42.

"It's teams that we know really, really well," said Fralick of the South. "It will obviously be a tough segment of the season.

"Both teams are two of the top teams in the South. ODU...they've played an extremely challenging schedule, especially their non-conference schedule, and they're good. Same with Hillsdale. A much-improved team from last year, so it'll be a tough start to begin the South."

 

Snyder Lands Third South Award Of Season

For the third time in 2016-17 and the seventh time in her Eagle career, Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder is the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week, as released on Monday (Jan. 9) afternoon.

In home wins over Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan, Snyder recorded 37 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, nine steals and a block. Her 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Huskies marked her 34th career double-double.

Snyder is ninth on Ashland's all-time scoring list with 1,263 career points (10 away from Sue Rupp, 1273, in eighth place), and with 755 career rebounds, is one away from tying Alanna Buurma for fifth on that all-time list. She also has 229 career steals, now fifth on AU's all-time rolls.

In the GLIAC this season, Snyder is first in rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and steals (3.5 spg.), tied for second in blocks (1.6 bpg.) and third in scoring (17.7 ppg.).

"Laina's an incredibly dynamic player," Fralick said. "She impacts the game in so many ways...in getting steals and blocks. She rebounds at both ends of the court. She scores and finishes in a variety of ways. She's had a great season, and what I'm excited about is she's a player who's continued to develop over her career."

Of eight 2016-17 GLIAC South Players of the Week, six have been Eagles – Snyder in Weeks 2, 3 and 8, junior forward Andi Daugherty in Weeks 5 and 7 and freshman guard Jodi Johnson 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 11 points away from passing Sue Rupp for eighth place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, while Daugherty is 13 points away from passing Gail Wasmus for 14th place.

In the 50-season history of Eagle women's basketball, only four sets of teammates whose last season of play were together 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

2,451

 

Daugherty Earns National Award

For the second time in her career, Daugherty was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) NCAA Division II women's basketball national Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday (Jan. 3) night.

Daugherty posted 28 points, the second-most of her Eagle career, and a season-high-tying nine rebounds, in No. 1 Ashland's 88-83 win at No. 4 Bellarmine on Dec. 30 afternoon. 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.

For her efforts against the Knights, Daugherty also was named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for the ninth time in her Eagle career on Jan. 2.

Daugherty also was named USBWA national Player of the Week on Jan. 26, 2016.

 

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. 8) with 160 victories, eight more than second-place Limestone. In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles also are first in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Jan. 8) at .874 (158-23), five percentage points better than No. 2 Limestone.


They've Been Here Before…

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

16-0

 

Gaudy Numbers Aren't What's Important

With a win against the Panthers, Fralick would start her head-coaching career with 48 wins in her first 50 games.

All well and good, but...

"Honestly, what I love to say is my life is full," she said. "It's full of good things. It's full of a job I love and kids that I love to coach, and then I've two really awesome kiddos at home. My focus is typically on what's happening right in front of me.

"When I'm with my team, I'm all in with them, and when I am home with my kids and with Tim, I'm all in with them. That's kind of where my focus is."

 

Peare – AU's Self-Made Senior Standout

Ashland senior guard Kelsey Peare leads the nation in both 3-point field-goal percentage (57.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.64-to-1). She also is well on her way to establishing career-bests in points per game (10.3) and field-goal percentage (56.0).

"Kelsey is one of those players that it's really obvious that her impact extends way beyond the box score," Fralick said. "She's an unbelievable passer because she keeps the game simple. She makes the right pass. She can guard.

"And what's been really fun about Kelsey over her career is how improved of a player she is from her freshman year. And all that credit goes to her, because she's a kid that hasn't taken short cuts."

At home, Peare has a turnover ratio of 37-to-4 and shoots 69.0 percent from beyond the arc.

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

Ashland has added to one program record winning streak, and is close to tying another.

The entire list of current Eagle winning streaks follows:

 

CATEGORY

CURRENT

AU RECORD

Regular-season home win streak

34 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

34 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

24 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

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

Regular-season win streak

22 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Overall win streak

16 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

14 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Home win streak

9 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

44 (Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 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)

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

6 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Jan. 8, the Eagles are tops in Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.78-to-1), assists per game (25.1), field-goal percentage (50.8) and scoring margin per game (34.9). Ashland is second in the country in scoring offense per game (94.8), third in steals per game (15.3) and fourth in turnover margin per game (10.75).

Peare leads the nation in both 3-point field-goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Snyder is tied for fifth in the country in steals per game (3.50), while senior guard Alex Henning is seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.31-to-1).

In terms of active career D-II players, Snyder is third in steals per game (2.76) and seventh in steals (229) and double-doubles (34), junior forward Julie Worley is ninth in field-goal percentage (57.5) and Peare is 10th in games played (109).

 

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

1/5/17

MICHIGAN TECH

23:28

5:00

11:32

1/7/17

NORTHERN MICHIGAN

38:20

1:16

0:24

 
 

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