This Week's Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 24 – ASHLAND (15-9/10-7 GLIAC) at Ohio Dominican (6-18/4-13), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26 – Lake Erie (3-20/2-15) at ASHLAND (15-9/10-7), 3 p.m.
A Quick Look at the Eagles
With two regular season games remaining, the Ashland University Eagles find themselves jostling for playoff positioning. The Eagles are tied for fifth in the overall GLIAC standings. Who they will play and where is still to be determined. The first round of the conference tournament will be played on Wednesday, Mar. 2, with games being hosted by the tourney's top four seeds. Ashland comes into this week looking to break a two-game slide. Last week, the Eagles lost at Michigan Tech (68-50) and Northern Michigan (74-66). AU owns wins this season over Ohio Dominican (75-70, Feb. 3) and Lake Erie (84-71, Dec. 11).
Both games this week can be heard live on WNCO (1340 AM) with Ken Carman at the microphone. The campus radio station, WRDL-FM (88.9), will do both games live with Matt Brubaker on the play-by-play and Marcus Walsh providing the commentary.
Head Coach Sue Ramsey
Ashland University head coach Sue Ramsey is in her 23rd season as a collegiate head coach. Her overall record is 345-323. At Ashland, Ramsey is 250-195. This is her 16th season at AU. Ramsey is the program's career leader in victories and she has guided the Eagles to the NCAA Division II playoffs twice (2003-04, 2005-06). She is the only coach in the program's history to lead the Eagles to the Division II playoffs. Ramsey's 2003-04 team won a school record 23 games.
Prior to arriving at AU, Ramsey spent eight seasons as the head coach at the University of Dayton (1986-1994). The AU head coach is a 1978 Miami (OH) graduate. She earned her master's degree from Dayton in 1988.
Eye on the Eagles
Sophomore forward-center Daiva Gerbec's (Dublin, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) name can be found all over the GLIAC stat sheet. She is the conference's leading rebounder (10.8 rpg.) and is fourth in free throw percentage (.856). Gerbec is sixth in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and 11th in field goal percentage (.489). Gerbec has 260 rebounds, which is the third highest single-season mark in school history. Gerbec needs 21 more boards to set the school single-season record of 280, established by Jackie Mason in 2003-04. Mason also holds the school single-season record for rebounds per game (10.2) Gerbec has 14 double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season…senior forward Liz Tyler (Monroeville, Ohio) is 14th in the conference in field goal percentage (.457). Tyler is one of two seniors on the team, the other is guard Rachel Poorman (Zanesville, Ohio/Maysville). Poorman is eighth in the league in assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and 13th in assists (3.1 apg.). Tyler is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg.) and Poorman is fourth (8.5 ppg.). Both players will be honored on Saturday prior to tipoff…in the last three games, freshman forward Mikaela Lengal (Brunswick, Ohio) has averaged 9.3 ppg. For the year, she averages 4.3 ppg. In that span, she's shot 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the field…sophomore guard Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth, Ohio) is shooting 45 percent (36-of-80) from three-point range. Tenayk is third in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage… freshman guard Alyssa Miller (Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley) has moved into second place on the club in assists (66/2.8 apg.). In her last four games, she has averaged 4.8 apg…sophomore forward-center Beth Mantkowski (Fairlawn, Ohio/Copley) is ninth in the GLIAC in blocked shots (28/1.2 bpg.)…junior guard Jena Stutzman (Berlin, Ohio/Kent State) is the GLIAC leader in free throw percentage (.927) and three-point field goals (2.4 per game). Stutzman is third in the league in scoring (16.2 ppg.). Stutzman suffered a leg injury in the first half of the Jan. 29 game against Findlay and hasn't taken the court since then.
Streaks, Strings and Things
When Michigan Tech grabbed 41 rebounds against the Eagles last Thursday (Feb. 17), it marked the first time a team snared 40 rebounds against AU since Findlay had 47 on Jan. 5, (10 games)…in the last three games, the Ashland bench has outscored the opposing reserves, 40-12…over the last three games, Miller has played 106 out of 120 minutes. That's an average of 35.3 minutes per game. For the year, Miller is averaging 23.1 minutes per game…over the last nine games, the Eagles have reached double digits in steals once (10 vs. Grand Valley State, Feb. 10)…AU has played three overtime games and is 1-2 in those games. This is the most OT games the Eagles have played since they had three overtime games during the 2001-02 campaign…Gerbec has scored in double digits in 12 consecutive games. The last time she didn't score 10 or more points came in San Diego against Mars Hill on Dec. 30 when she had five points.
Facts and Figures
- AU is 9-2 at Kates Gymnasium with the losses coming to Hillsdale (Dec. 19) and Findlay (Jan. 29). A year ago, the Eagles were 9-6 at home.
- The Eagles have won at least nine home games for seven consecutive seasons. A win on Saturday against Lake Erie would give the Eagles their first 10-win season at home since 2008-09 (10-3).
- AU has held five teams this season to 53 points or less.
- Ashland finished the year 5-2 vs. the GLIAC North Division.
- AU has two players – Gerbec and Mantkowski – with 20 or more blocks. The last time that happened was in 2008-09 when Lynsey Warren rejected 30 shots and Jessica Minch had 26 blocks.
- The Eagles lead the GLIAC in scoring (71.2 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.786). They are second in field goal percentage defense (.366) and three-point field goal percentage (.370) and third in field goal percentage (.441) and rebound margin (+3.8).
- Ashland is the NCAA Division II leader in free throw percentage (.786).
- Two players – Gerbec and Poorman – have started every game this season. Last season the only player to start all 28 games was guard Lindsey Gaut. Over the last two games, Poorman has started the most games (45) of any player on the roster.
- Gerbec has never attempted a three-pointer in her collegiate career.
- The Eagles are 6-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.
Ashland vs. Ohio Dominican
The Eagles lead the all-time series, 9-1. The teams played this season on Feb. 3, in Ashland and the Eagles won, 75-70. ODU's only victory over the Eagles came in 1984-85, 72-58. This is ODU's first season in the GLIAC.
Scouting Ohio Dominican
The Panthers are 6-18, 4-13 within the league. ODU has lost five of its last six games. The Panthers' last win came on Feb. 12, 62-60 over Findlay.
Abby Glover, a 5-11 junior guard, is scoring a team-high 9.4 ppg. She's also bringing down 6.0 rpg. Summer Hale, a 5-11 senior forward, is ODU's top rebounder at 6.8 rpg. She averages 9.1 ppg. Melissa Hersey, a 5-4 senior guard, is third in the GLIAC in assists (4.8) and fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8). Tracy Snider, a 5-10 junior guard, is fourth in the league in three-point percentage (.447/42-94).
Ohio Dominican is third in the GLIAC in three-pointers per game (6.6). The Panthers are 14th in points per game (57.8) and field goal percentage (.357).
In the first meeting this season, Gerbec had 16 points and 15 boards and Mantkowski had 16 points and five rebounds. Twelve of Gerbec's points came in the second half. AU led at the break, 35-27. Glover had 13 points and Hale finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Ashland vs. Lake Erie
Ashland holds a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with the Storm. The teams first met in 1981-82 and the Eagles came away with a 90-25 win. In this year's first game, played at LEC on Dec. 11, the Eagles were an 84-71 winner.
Scouting Lake Erie
Lake Erie begins the week with a 3-20 record, 2-15 in the GLIAC. LEC is trying to break a four-game losing streak. The Storm's last win was on Feb. 5 at Ohio Dominican, 68-67. LEC hosts Tiffin on Thursday night (Feb. 24).
Stephanie Rogers, a 6-1 junior forward-center, is one of the GLIAC's most productive players. There's not much she can't do. She is fifth in the loop in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and seventh in rebounding (7.7 rpg.), field goal percentage (.521/124-238) and steals (42/1.8 spg.). Rogers is eighth in free throw percentage (.817/98-120) and she is the GLIAC leader in blocks (72/3.1 bpg.). In this year's first game against Ashland, Rogers had 18 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and five blocked shots.
Jen Caiola, a 5-10 junior guard, averages 12.3 ppg. She had 16 points against AU.
LEC's head coach is Bob Booher. This is his sixth season with the Storm. A year ago, he led LEC to an 18-9 mark. Before arriving at LEC, Booher was the head coach at Lakeland Community College for six years.
In the GLIAC
The playoff picture continues to come into focus. Seven teams have clinched postseason spots. Now, as to how some of those teams line up, that's to be determined. The overall standings for the top teams can be found below.
W L W L
#1 Michigan Tech 16 1 21 2
y – Grand Valley State 13 5 20 5
x – Lake Superior State 12 5 15 8
x – Findlay 11 6 16 8
x – Hillsdale 10 7 16 7
x – Ashland 10 7 15 9
x – Northwood 10 7 14 9
Tiffin 8 9 14 10
Wayne State 7 10 8 16
Ferris State 7 11 11 13
y – clinched tournament quarterfinal home game
x – clinched berth in GLIAC Tournament
The Eagles will find out over the weekend what is in store for them next year. The first round of the GLIAC tournament will be played on Wednesday, Mar. 2.