No. 1 AU Women Begin South Second Round On The Road

No. 1 AU Women Begin South Second Round On The Road

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Opening Tip

The No. 1-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will begin the second round of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division play looking to tie a pair of program-record winning streaks.

Ashland (22-0 overall, 14-0 GLIAC) will go to Ohio Dominican (15-6, 10-4) on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Hillsdale (12-9, 6-8) on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. to continue South play. Two wins this week would give the Eagles 24 consecutive wins to start a season, as well as 14 straight road wins - both tying program records.

Playing three games in five days last week, Ashland won at Walsh (90-53), at home vs. Findlay (110-65) and at Tiffin (119-74), scoring a combined 319 points in the process.

Ashland's magic number (combination of AU wins/ODU losses) for clinching its sixth GLIAC South Division championship in seven seasons is three. The Eagles were the first to qualify for the 2017 GLIAC Tournament.

 

Eagles On The Air

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

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

- Head coach John Ellenwood appears on "The Early Bird's Word" on WRDL every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. during the season.

 

AU Women Unanimous No. 1 Team In Latest WBCA Poll

For the seventh poll in a row, Ashland University's women's basketball team is the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II.

The difference in the poll which came out on Tuesday (Jan. 31) afternoon – it is unanimous.

For the first time since April 2, 2013, immediately following the Eagles' national championship, Ashland has every first-place vote in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. AU (22-0) is one of three undefeated teams in the country, along with No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo (21-0) and No. 5 Lincoln Memorial (19-0).

Ashland has been the top-ranked team in the WBCA Division II poll 20 times, including the first 12 polls in the 2012-13 campaign, and is 37-1 (.974) all-time when playing as the No. 1 team in the country.

Since 1995-96, the Eagles have been ranked in the WBCA poll 63 times, have been in the Top 10 on 47 occasions and been in the Top 5 in 39 polls. Ashland has been ranked by the WBCA in 28 consecutive polls.

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

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

During the Eagles' five-day stretch with three games, they became the first GLIAC team to qualify for the 2017 tournament.

"It's great. It's what we've been able to do so far," Fralick said. "The trick of the season is continuing the journey. It's a great accomplishment for what we've been able to do so far. The magic is being present in what's in front of you."

In the last three games, Ashland has hit 61.9 percent from the field, 57.4 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Earlier this season, the Eagles defeated both Ohio Dominican (101-62) and Hillsdale (85-66) at Kates Gymnasium.

The Panthers are 7-1 at home so far in 2016-17, and the Chargers are 7-3 in their home gym.

"We just know each other really well, because we play each other a lot," said Fralick. "Two tough teams. Ohio Dominican and Hillsdale are both having good seasons."

 

Snyder Snags Sixth GLIAC South Player Of The Week Honor Of Season

The official title is GLIAC South Division Player of the Week.

Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder has won the award so many times in 2016-17 that it might be appropriate to rename it after her. Snyder earned the honor for the fourth week in a row, the sixth time this season and the 10th time in her Eagle career on Monday (Jan. 30) afternoon.

For the No. 1-ranked Eagles in wins last week at Walsh and at home against Findlay, Snyder recorded 43 points on 20-of-29 shooting (69.0 percent) from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line, and added 14 rebounds, six assists, six steals and two blocks.

"Laina winning GLIAC South Player of the Week was very deserving," Fralick said. "It's multiple categories where she's impacting. She plays both ends. She's a great offensive and defensive player."

Snyder scored 23 points at the Cavaliers and 20 points vs. the Oilers, giving her three straight 20-plus-point games and five in the last seven outings. She has 1,387 career points, good for sixth place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, as well as 808 career rebounds (fourth) and 247 career steals (fifth).

On the GLIAC statistical leaderboard, Snyder is first in rebounding (9.5 rpg.) and steals (3.4 spg.) second in scoring (18.5 ppg.), and fourth in blocks (1.5 bpg.) and assists (3.5 apg.).

Of the 11 GLIAC South Players of the Week in 2016-17, nine play for Ashland – Snyder in Weeks 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 11, 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 (1,387) is 27 points away from tying current Eagle assistant coach Kari (Daugherty) Pickens (1,414) for fifth place on Ashland's all-time scoring list, while Daugherty (1,252) is six points from Daiva Gerbec (1,258) for 10th 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

LAINA SNYDER/ANDI DAUGHERTY

Current

2,639

Gweynn Hampel/Darla Plice

1977-78

2,518

 

Even More On Snyder And Daugherty

Snyder and Daugherty are the second and third players in program history known to have racked up at least 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists in their careers:

 

NAME

SEASONS

PTS.

REB.

AST.

Laina Snyder

2014-15 – current

1,387

808

212

Andi Daugherty

2014-15 – current

1,252

651

226

Kari Daugherty

2011-12 – 2012-13

1,414

903

245

 

And Then There Were Three

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

 

TEAM

RECORD

NEXT OPPONENT

Ashland

22-0

2/2 at Ohio Dominican (15-6)

Colorado State-Pueblo

21-0

2/3 HOME vs. Adams State (1-17)

Lincoln Memorial

19-0

2/1 at Brevard (5-13)

 

Through Jan. 30, Ashland is one of just 12 women's basketball teams at all NCAA levels still unbeaten.


They've Been Here Before…

The 2016-17 season marks the third time in program history Ashland has won at least 21 straight games to start a campaign, with all three coming in the last five seasons:

 

TOP ASHLAND UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STARTS TO A SEASON

YEAR            MOST WINS WITHOUT A LOSS TO START

2012-13         24-0

2016-17         22-0

2015-16         21-0

 

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 166 victories and an .878 winning percentage (166-23) through Jan. 22.

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Jan. 30, Ashland leads Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.69-to-1), assists per game (24.8), field-goal percentage (51.8) and scoring margin per game (34.1), is second in the country in scoring offense per game (95.8) and is fourth in steals per game (15.2), 3-point field-goal percentage (tied, 39.7) and turnover margin per game (10.05).

Senior guard Kelsey Peare moves back into the lead in 3-point field-goal percentage in the country (53.2) and is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.58-to-1). Snyder is ninth in the nation in steals per game.

On the active career D-II leaderboard, Snyder is fifth in steals per game (2.78) and seventh in steals and double-doubles (36), and junior forward Julie Worley is ninth in field-goal percentage (57.5).

In addition to Snyder's conference ranks, Peare is first in 3-point field-goal percentage (53.2) and second in assists per game (4.2), Johnson is second in steals per game (2.5) and third in free-throw percentage (84.8), freshman forward/guard Sara Loomis is third in blocks per game (1.6) and Worley (56.3) and Daugherty (55.7) are 4-5 in field-goal percentage.

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

Ashland can tie the program record for consecutive regular-season road/neutral-site wins this week.

The entire list of current Eagle winning streaks follows:

 

CATEGORY

CURRENT

AU RECORD

Regular-season home win streak

37 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

37 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

Regular-season win streak

28 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

27 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

27 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

Overall win streak

22 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

20 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Home win streak

12 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

Road/neutral-site win streak

12 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

Regular-season road/neutral win streak

12 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

9 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

 

Consistency, Even Quarter-To-Quarter

When a team is 22-0, there are many statistics that can be emphasized.

One of the more interesting ones going into February for the Eagles is their consistency from quarter to quarter:

 

QUARTER

PTS. FOR

PTS. AGAINST

MARGIN

First

555

345

+210

Second

539

300

+239

Third

538

357

+181

Fourth

476

356

+120

 
 

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