No. 1 Eagles Embark On Three GLIAC Games In Five Days

No. 1 Eagles Embark On Three GLIAC Games In Five Days

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Opening Tip

The No. 1-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will play three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division games over a five-day period, beginning on Jan. 26.

Ashland (19-0 overall, 11-0 GLIAC) will travel to Walsh to take on the Cavaliers (9-9, 5-6) on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., then return to Kates Gymnasium on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. to face Findlay (9-10, 3-8). The Eagles will finish the wrap-around weekend with a game on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Tiffin (4-12, 2-9).

Ashland has a 3½-game lead over Ohio Dominican in the GLIAC South Division, and a two-game lead over Saginaw Valley State in the conference overall. The Eagles' magic number for clinching a South title for the sixth time in seven seasons is six.

The Eagles have won 36 consecutive regular-season home games, a program record, and 10 road/neutral-site games overall in a row, four shy of the program mark.

 

Eagles On The Air

- The next three games all will be aired live on WNCO-AM 1340, with Marty Bannister on the call.

- The Findlay home game 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 Top WBCA Division II Poll For Sixth Straight Time

In the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, released on Tuesday (Jan. 24) afternoon, Ashland University sits at No. 1 for the sixth time in a row.

The Eagles are one of four remaining undefeated teams in Division II. In this week's poll, Ashland received 22 of 24 first-place votes, with No. 2 Virginia Union earning the other two.

Ashland has been the top-ranked team in the WBCA Division II poll 19 times, including the first 12 polls in the 2012-13 campaign, and is 34-1 (.971) all-time when playing as the No. 1 team in the country.

Since 1995-96, the Eagles have been ranked in the WBCA poll 62 times, have been in the Top 10 on 46 occasions and been in the Top 5 in 38 polls.

Ashland has been ranked by the WBCA in 27 consecutive polls.

The Eagles are the lone Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference representative in this week's WBCA poll.

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland is coming off a one-game week – an 86-79 win at Lake Erie on Jan. 19 – and will have a week prior to the upcoming cluster of games.

"Lake Erie was a very challenging game," Fralick said. "Lake Erie put up a great fight. At the end of the game, the thing that we look back on that we did really well is we did a great job in transition, we rebounded well…and we shot free throws well, especially down the stretch."

In 2015-16, the Eagles went 2-1 against Walsh - winning 78-64 at home in the regular season and 68-59 at home in a GLIAC Tournament semifinal, and losing 69-58 on the road for their first loss of the season.

Last season, Ashland won both matchups with Findlay - 78-69 on the road and 78-67 at home.

Against Tiffin a season ago, the Eagles took 68-55 (home) and 85-69 (road) decisions.

"It's a unique part of the schedule right now," said Fralick. "It's just the nature of the schedule and the nature of college basketball and our league play. It's one of those things that we all have to figure out how to utilize our time wisely.

"They're all very different. Walsh is very athletic, and then we play Findlay, which always presents a tough challenge. It's just three very different styles of play and three different teams with really different strengths. We've got to be doing what we do, and be doing that well."

 

Snyder Earns Fifth South Award of Season

Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder has earned the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week award for the third straight time and the fifth time overall in 2016-17, as announced on Monday (Jan. 23) afternoon.

For the top-ranked Eagles in their win at Lake Erie, Snyder recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots. It was her 36th career double-double.

Snyder has 1,327 career points, good for seventh place on Ashland's all-time scoring list. She also has 787 career rebounds, fifth on Ashland's all-time list and seven away from tying Daiva Gerbec (794) for fourth, and 236 career steals, also good for fifth on AU's list.

Snyder is second in the GLIAC in points per game (18.3), leads the conference in both rebounds per game (9.9) and steals per game (3.3), is tied for second in the circuit in blocks per game (1.6) and is tied for fifth in assists per game (3.6).

Of the 10 GLIAC South Players of the Week in 2016-17, eight have been Eagles – Snyder in Weeks 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 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 43 points away from Jodi Dobransky-Campbell (1,370) for sixth place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, while Daugherty (1,218) is 20 points away from Alanna Buurma (1,238) for 11th place all-time.

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

LAINA SNYDER/ANDI DAUGHERTY

Current

2,545

Gweynn Hampel/Darla Plice

1977-78

2,518

 

And Then There Were Four

Ashland enters the new week as one of only four undefeated women's basketball teams in NCAA Division II:

 

TEAM

RECORD

NEXT OPPONENT

ASHLAND

19-0

1/26 at Walsh (9-9)

Colorado State-Pueblo

19-0

1/27 at Chadron State (5-11)

Virginia Union

17-0

1/25 at Elizabeth City State (4-10)

Lincoln Memorial

17-0

1/25 HOME vs. Carson-Newman (12-6)

 

"All we talk about is playing hard and playing together and playing the right way," Fralick said. "It sounds simple, but it's not easy. There's just always another game to prepare for, so, in a lot of ways, your focus can remain small because your focus has to remain small.

"Our eyes immediately turn to what's next and what we need to get ready for."


They've Been Here Before…

This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have started at least 19-0 (they won the first 21 games in 2015-16), and the third time in program history Ashland has won at least the first 19 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

19-0

 

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.

The Eagles lead Division II since the start of the 2011-12 season with 163 victories and an .876 winning percentage (163-23) through Jan. 22.

At all levels of NCAA, Ashland is one of just 10 women's basketball programs with a winning percentage of .875 or better over the last six seasons:

 

TEAM

NCAA DIVISION

W

L

PCT.

UConn

I

202

10

.953

Baylor

I

194

14

.933

Notre Dame

I

194

15

.928

Amherst

III

159

15

.914

DePauw

III

156

15

.912

Hope

III

147

16

.902

St. Thomas (Minn.)

III

151

18

.893

George Fox

III

148

18

.892

Tufts

III

154

20

.885

ASHLAND

II

163

23

.876

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

As of Jan. 22, Ashland is the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.72-to-1), assists per game (24.8), field-goal percentage (50.2) and scoring margin per game (32.8). The Eagles are second in scoring offense per game (94.2), and tied for third in steals per game (15.1).

Individually, senior guard Kelsey Peare is second in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (50.6) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.50-to-1), and Snyder is ninth in steals per game (3.32).

On the D-II active career player charts, Snyder is fifth in steals per game (2.74) and seventh in steals and double-doubles, and junior forward Julie Worley is ninth in field-goal percentage (56.8).

In the GLIAC, Ashland is the top-ranked team in scoring offense per game, field-goal percentage, assists per game, steals per game, 3-point field-goal percentage defense (26.0) and rebounding margin per game (8.9), second in rebounds per game (42.5) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage (36.8), free-throw percentage (77.2) and field-goal percentage defense (38.1).

In addition to Snyder's conference ranks, Peare is No. 1 in 3-point field-goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio and second in assists per game (4.1), Daugherty is fourth in field-goal percentage (55.4), Johnson is second in steals per game (2.5) and fourth in free-throw percentage (83.9) and freshman forward Sara Loomis is tied for fourth in blocks per game (1.5).

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

Ashland has the opportunity to extend one winning streak, set a new one by itself and get closer to tying a third in this cluster of games.

The entire list of current Eagle winning streaks follows:

 

CATEGORY

CURRENT

AU RECORD

Regular-season home win streak

36 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

36 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

26 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

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

26 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

 
 

Regular-season win streak

25 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Overall win streak

19 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

17 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Home win streak

11 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

Road/neutral-site win streak

10 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

Regular-season road/neutral win streak

10 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

7 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

 

Ashland's 17-game regular-season winning streak in conference play is the best active mark in the GLIAC:

 

TEAM

CURRENT GLIAC REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAK

ASHLAND

17

Grand Valley State

3

Ohio Dominican

3

Michigan Tech

2

Northern Michigan

2

Ferris State

1

Findlay

1

Hillsdale

1

 
 

AU

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