Two days after one of the best overall days in the history of Ashland University athletics, there will be another key event in Eagle Nation.
Following up on a second-place national finish for Ashland's men's indoor track and field team, a sixth-place national finish for the Eagle wrestling team and a Midwest Regional semifinal home win for AU's women's basketball team on Saturday (March 11), the No. 1-ranked Eagle women will look to return to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on Monday (March 13) night at home against Drury.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (LINK) – Ashland (33-0) will seek its third Elite Eight appearance in the last six seasons on Monday at 7 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium in the 2017 Midwest Regional championship game against Drury (30-3). The Eagles' 33 consecutive wins tie the program record, as does the team's 20-0 home record in 2016-17.
A win on Monday night would put Ashland in the Elite Eight, which would start on March 21 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.
ONE TO WATCH: In her last eight games, junior forward Andi Daugherty is averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and is hitting 56.0 percent from the floor, 45.8 percent from 3-point range and 97.1 percent from the free-throw line.
WOMEN'S TENNIS (LINK) – The Eagles (0-17) will conclude the 2016-17 season with Senior Day against Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday (March 18) at 1 p.m. at the Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex. Ashland's lone senior, Meghann Fitzpatrick, will be honored.
ONE TO WATCH: Fitzpatrick has two doubles wins so far in the spring portion of the season.
BASEBALL (LINK) – Ashland (5-9) returns from its annual Florida spring trip to play five games in four days – a neutral-site non-conference game on Thursday (March 16) vs. West Liberty in Washington, Pa., and a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference set on Saturday and Sunday (March 19) at Findlay.
ONE TO WATCH: In back-to-back days to end the trip, freshman infielder Carson Mittermaier hit a three-run home run and a double.
SOFTBALL (LINK) – The Eagles (7-10) come back to campus after its Florida trip to play a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday (March 15) at 3 p.m. at Urbana.
ONE TO WATCH: Senior outfielder Ally Farrah is hitting .481 with three doubles, two RBIs and nine runs scored this season.
MEN'S GOLF (LINK) – Ashland starts the championship part of 2016-17 at the two-day SVSU Spring Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky.
ONE TO WATCH: Sophomore Austin Kondratick paced the Eagles in all five fall tournaments, finishing in the top 14 individually in all five.