Ashland University's women's basketball team will play three games in the final six days before the NCAA's "dead period," and most likely will do so as the top-ranked team in Division II.
The Eagles (10-0, 4-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) could be the No. 1-ranked team in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 poll, to be released on Tuesday (Dec. 13), after previous No. 1 Emporia State's loss at Fort Hays State over the weekend. It would be the first time Ashland would be atop the poll since the final 2013 ranking following the program's national championship.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (LINK) – Ashland will go on the road for the remainder of December, including three games in a six-day span – at non-conference foe Notre Dame College (2-5) on Wednesday (Dec. 14) at 6 p.m., then at GLIAC rivals Ferris State (2-7, 2-2) on Saturday (Dec. 17) at 3 p.m. and No. 16 Grand Valley State (7-2, 3-1) on Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.
ONE TO WATCH: Junior forward Julie Worley has scored double-digit points in seven of 10 games in 2016-17, and is fourth on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (LINK) – The Eagles (6-3, 2-2) go back on the road to take on Ferris State (6-3, 2-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Grand Valley State (7-4, 3-1) on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Ashland is 4-1 away from home this season, and 22-11 in road/neutral-site games since the start of the 2014-15 season.
ONE TO WATCH: In the last four games, junior center Teddy Metzen is averaging 11.5 points while hitting 19-of-27 (70.4) percent from the floor.
WRESTLING (LINK) – No. 11-ranked Ashland will see where it stacks up among the best in the region at the 38th Annual Midwest Classic on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 18) in Indianapolis, Ind. It will be the Eagles' final action until they open home 2016-17 action on Jan. 13 against Notre Dame College.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior 149-pounder Brent Fickel leads the Eagles in pins with four, and is 8-3 with 12 takedowns so far this season.