No. 1 Ashland Women To Play Host To Storm

No. 1 Ashland Women To Play Host To Storm

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Opening Tip

Ashland University's women's basketball team already has made a good amount of history during the 2016-17 season, and it will look to make some more on Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at home against Lake Erie.

The No. 1-ranked Eagles (24-0 overall, 16-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will seek a new program record for most consecutive wins to begin a season when they play host to the Storm (7-15, 5-11) at Kates Gymnasium.

Ashland already has won the GLIAC South Division for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, and has a two-game lead over Saginaw Valley State in the pursuit of a second straight GLIAC regular-season championship, and fourth in last six years.

The Eagles come into the week having won 37 consecutive regular-season games at home, and overall this decade, they have gone 106-16 (.869) at "The Kates."

 

Eagles On The Air

- This week's game will be aired live on WNCO-AM 1340, with Marty Bannister on the call.

- This week's 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.

 

Eagle Women Undisputed No. 1 Team In D-II Once Again

Ashland University's women's basketball team is the unanimous No. 1 in NCAA Division II for the second week in a row in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the latest of which was released on Tuesday (Feb. 7).

The Eagles are the No. 1-ranked team in the country for the eighth poll in a row.

The latest WBCA poll marks the 21st time Ashland has been in the top-ranked team in the country. Ashland's eight straight No. 1 rankings mark the program's second-longest streak (12, 2012-13). The Eagles are 39-1 (.975) all-time when playing as the No. 1 team in D-II.

Ashland has been ranked in the WBCA poll 64 times, has been in the Top 10 in the poll 48 times and has been in the Top 5 on 40 occasions, all since 1995-96. This is the 29th straight time the Eagles have been ranked by the WBCA.

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

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland ended last week with road wins against Ohio Dominican (90-52) and Hillsdale (102-82), finishing off three road wins in six days.

"We kind of looked at this stretch as its own kind of segment, with three games," Fralick said. "Our focus going into it was toughness, and making sure our toughness was really good. The game at ODU, it took us a while to get going, but I thought our defense was really good the whole game.

"And then at Hillsdale, I thought, especially at the beginning of the third quarter, we played really well. To come out with three wins - all in the same week, all on the road - we did some things really well."

Earlier this season, the Eagles won a hard-fought game at Lake Erie, 86-79. The 86 points represent the fifth-fewest for AU in a game in 2016-17.

Ashland does not have a Saturday game this week.

"Right now, it's that fine line as a coach. You have to be extremely intentional about time, and how you're using it and what you're using it for," said Fralick. "What we're really excited about is it's a normal practice week. We haven't had that in a little bit. The focus is for us to improve.

"Lake Erie gave us a great game (on the road). We had a really, really tough game there the last time, and we know that."

 

2016-17 Vs. 2012-13 – At The Tale Of The Tape

Comparisons are inevitable. In the case of Ashland's University's two women's basketball teams that have started a season at 24-0, a comparison can be fun, as well.

The team statistics below show that both teams had their unique strengths:

 

CATEGORY

2016-17

2012-13

Points per game

95.8

79.0

Points per game allowed

62.2

53.9

Scoring margin per game

+33.6

+25.1

Field-goal percentage

51.7

48.4

Field-goal percentage defense

37.9

36.3

3-point field-goal percentage

38.8

40.4

3-point field-goal percentage defense

27.4

26.7

Free-throw percentage

77.7

75.9

Rebounds per game

42.0

43.3

Rebound margin per game

+8.5

+13.4

Assists per game

24.8

18.7

Turnovers per game

15.0

12.3

Turnovers forced per game

24.7

14.4

Turnover margin per game

+9.7

+2.1

Assist-to-turnover ratio

1.7-to-1

1.5-to-1

Steals per game

15.0

6.1

100-point games

8

1

75-point games

24

17

Season double-digit scorers

5

4

Season scorers at 5.0+ ppg.

9

7

Players averaging 27+ minutes/game

0

5

 

Eagles' Scoring Balance Abounds

Ashland has had at least five players score in double figures in 14 of 24 games this season. The Eagles are averaging 4.7 players with at least 10 points per game in 2016-17.

The breakdown of the number of individual double-digit scoring games this season follows:

 

NAME

10+-POINT GAMES

Laina Snyder

24

Andi Daugherty

20

Jodi Johnson

18

Kelsey Peare

16

Julie Worley

14

Maddie Dackin

12

Sara Loomis

4

Alex Henning

3

Rachelle Morrison

1

Renee Stimpert

1

 

"What's been a trademark of this team so far has been consistency and sharing the ball," said Fralick. "We've got to continue to improve, but that stat to me is a reflection of sharing the ball and getting high-percentage shots, and playing unselfishly. And those are things we need to continue to do."

 

Snyder, Daugherty Climbing AU Points Lists Separately, Together

Snyder and Daugherty each went past the 1,000-career-point mark earlier this season. Snyder (1,419 career points) is in fifth place all-time at Ashland, while Daugherty (1,278) is ninth.

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

LAINA SNYDER/ANDI DAUGHERTY

Current

2,697

Kari Daugherty/Daiva Gerbec

2012-13

2,672

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

1,419

824

222

Andi Daugherty

2014-15 – current

1,278

671

230

Kari Daugherty

2011-12 – 2012-13

1,414

903

245

 

And Then There Were Two

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

 

TEAM

RECORD

NEXT OPPONENT

Ashland

24-0

2/9 HOME vs. Lake Erie (7-15)

Colorado State-Pueblo

23-0

2/7 HOME vs. N. Mexico Highlands (2-18)

 

Through Feb. 5, Ashland is one of eight women's basketball teams at all NCAA levels to still be undefeated:

DIVISION I (1) - Connecticut.

DIVISION II (2) - ASHLAND and Colorado St. Pueblo.

DIVISION II (5) - Thomas More, Ohio Northern, SUNY Geneseo, Amherst and St. Thomas (Minn.).

 

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 168 victories and an .880 winning percentage (168-23) through Feb. 5.

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

Ashland can set yet another program winning streak 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

30 (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)

Consecutive wins to start a season

24 (2016-17)

24 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Overall win streak

24 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

22 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Road/neutral-site win streak

14 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

14 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

 
 

Regular-season road/neutral win streak

14 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

Home win streak

12 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

11 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Ashland continues to be the Division II pacesetter in a number of team statistical categories. Through Feb. 5, the Eagles lead the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66-to-1), assists per game (24.8), field-goal percentage (51.7) and scoring margin per game (33.7). AU also is second in scoring offense per game (95.8), and tied for third in steals per game (15.0).

Peare continues to lead D-II in 3-point field-goal percentage at 51.5, and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.43-to-1. Snyder is 10th in the country in steals per game at 3.21.

 
 

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