No. 2 Ashland To Start GLIAC Play On The Road

No. 2 Ashland To Start GLIAC Play On The Road

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Opening Tip

The No. 2-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team will begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on the road in the first week of December, traveling to Lake Superior State (1-5) on Dec. 1 and Northwood (2-1) on Dec. 3.

In 2015-16, the Eagles became the first program in GLIAC history to win both three regular-season and three conference tournament championships in a five-year period.

Ashland has started 6-0 for the second season in a row and the 10th time in program history. That start includes three wins in a five-day span - at Gannon (97-44) and at home vs. Slippery Rock (99-67) and Mercyhurst (85-59) in the 2016 Holiday Inn Express Tournament.

Over the last five seasons, the Eagles are 94-13 (.879) in GLIAC regular-season play. They also are 22-4 in their last 26 games away from Kates Gymnasium.

 

Eagles On The Air

- Both games this week will be aired live on WNCO-AM 1340, with Noah Cloonan on the call.

- Select home games will be aired live on WRDL-FM 88.9.

- 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.

 

Eagles Vs. Lakers And Timberwolves

Ashland comes into the first game of 2016-17 GLIAC action on a six-game winning streak against Lake Superior State.

In 2015-16, the Eagles defeated the Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 77-47. AU's three forwards – Laina Snyder (18), Julie Worley (13) and Andi Daugherty (12) – all scored in double figures, while Ashland boasted a 43-29 rebounding advantage and hit all nine free throws.

The Eagles also have won seven of their last eight matchups with Northwood. Last season, Ashland took an 83-68 road decision over the Timberwolves, as the trio of Daugherty (18 points), Snyder (15) and Worley (12) again led the offensive charge.

"We've done some things well early, but it's still really early, though," said Fralick. "Going into GLIAC (play) is a whole different ball game. It's a whole different world. Conference play, we know each other really well. It's a really good league. We know there's some things that we're proud of the way we're doing it, and, with that being said, we know we still have a lot of room for growth.

"Really tough road trip to start GLIAC play. And they're both really different teams. We're excited to start GLIAC play."

 

Ashland Moves Up To No. 2 In Division II WBCA Poll

The Eagles are inching closer to returning to the top spot in the country.

In the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 29) afternoon, Ashland has moved up to No. 2. The Eagles received four first-place votes, with No. 1-ranked Emporia State garnering the other 20.

Ashland has achieved its highest ranking in the WBCA poll since finishing the 2013 season at No. 1 following its NCAA Division II national championship. This is the first time AU has been ranked No. 2 in the poll since Feb. 26-March 12, 2013.

This marks the 55th time Ashland has been in the Top 25 poll, all since the 1995-96 season. It is the 39th time the Eagles have been in the Top 10, and the 32st time they have been in the Top 5. It is the 20th straight poll in which AU has appeared.

Ashland is one of two GLIAC teams in the latest Top 25 poll, along with Grand Valley State (No. 17).

 

AU's Snyder Earns Second Straight GLIAC South Honor

Ashland University junior forward/center Laina Snyder has earned her second consecutive GLIAC South Division Player of the Week award, and her sixth overall.

In wins at Gannon on Wednesday (Nov. 23), and at home against Slippery Rock on Saturday (Nov. 26) and Mercyhurst on Sunday (Nov. 27), Snyder collected 52 points, 36 rebounds, nine assists, four blocks and seven steals while hitting 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) from the field and 4-of-5 (80 percent) from the free-throw line.

In the course of those three wins, Snyder moved from 18th to 15th on Ashland's all-time points list, climbing past a different player in each of those games.

"She's been playing really well. She's improved every year," said Fralick. "She had a great sophomore year. She is better this year, and that's been fun to see."

Through three weeks of the 2016-17 season, Snyder is second in the GLIAC in points per game (17.8), and leads the conference at 11.7 rebounds and 3.8 steals per contest.


They've Been Here Before…

This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have started at least 6-0 (they won the first 21 games in 2015-16), and the 10th time in program history Ashland has won at least the first six games of a campaign.

 

TOP 10 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STARTS TO A SEASON

YEAR             MOST WINS WITHOUT A LOSS TO START

2012-13         24-0

2015-16         21-0

1996-97         12-0

1981-82         12-0

1995-96         11-0

1974-75         7-0

2016-17         6-0

2010-11         6-0

2000-01         6-0

1988-89         6-0

 

Balance, Balance and More Balance

Through the first six games of 2016-17, there has been balance across the board for Ashland in a number of categories:

- SCORING: Seven players averaging at least 8.8 points per game.

- REBOUNDING: Five players averaging at least 4.0 boards per contest.

- ASSISTS: Six players with at least 17 assists.

- STEALS: Five players with at least 10 steals.

"A strength of this team is our depth," Fralick said, "and that shows statistically, it shows in the game and it shows in the way we can play. And we need to continue to figure out ways to maximize that."

 

Giving The Defense Its Due

While a lot of the attention has gone to an Ashland offense which is scoring nearly 100 points per game in the early going, the Eagles' defense is more than doing its part as well.

Through three weeks of the new campaign, AU leads the GLIAC in 3-point field-goal percentage allowed (21.0) and steals per game (15.8), and is second in scoring defense per game (53.7), field-goal percentage allowed (33.0) and rebounding margin per game (14.7).

"We have guarded well," said Fralick. "We've had spurts where we've guarded very well, and we've had spurts where we've given up too many easy baskets. It's something we'll continue to work on. It's a big part of what we do."

 

Peare Still On Fire

Ashland senior guard Kelsey Peare leads the GLIAC in 3-point field-goal percentage (72.2), and is third in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.3-to-1). Peare is hitting 64.7 percent from the field and averaging 3.5 assists per contest.

"Kelsey has always found ways to positively impact the game, but she's improved so much since her freshman year," Fralick said. "Her consistency has always been one of her trademarks, what she brings defensively, her hustle plays. And offensively, she's a smart player, and then she's been shooting it really well."

 

Henning, Stimpert Making For Tough Point Guard Duo

Ashland's point guard tandem of senior Alex Henning and freshman Renee Stimpert have combined for some impressive early-season numbers.

In a combined 33.5 minutes per game, Henning and Stimpert are together averaging 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game, while posting 49 assists to just 12 turnovers.

"Our point guard play has been really solid," Fralick said. "They've done a good job dictating the tempo, pushing the ball, creating opportunities for their teammates, so we hope to see that continue."

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Through Nov. 27, the Eagles are the NCAA Division II national team leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.16-to-1), assists per game (27.3), scoring margin per game (44.3) and scoring offense per game (98.0). Ashland also is third in the country in field-goal percentage (52.4) and steals per game (15.8), and fourth in turnover margin per game (11.0).

Also through Nov. 27, Snyder is tied for sixth in D-II in active career rebounding average (9.2) and eighth in the country in active career double-doubles (30).

 

Ashland Helps Set The Division II Pace

Ashland has been one of Division II's top women's basketball programs in the last five-plus years, a stretch which includes a national championship in 2013 and a national runner-up finish in 2012.

In the wins column, the Eagles lead Division II since the start of the 2011-12 season (through Nov. 27):

 

SCHOOL

WON

LOST

PCT.

1. ASHLAND

150

23

.867

2. Limestone

146

21

.874

3. Bentley

141

30

.825

4. Emporia State

139

33

.808

5. West Texas A&M

134

34

.798

 

In terms of winning percentage, the Eagles are second in the country since the start of 2011-12 (through Nov. 27). Ashland has closed the gap on Limestone in the first three weeks of 2016-16, going from trailing by 15 percentage points to trailing by only seven:

 

SCHOOL

WON

LOST

PCT.

1. Limestone

146

21

.874

2. Ashland

150

23

.867

3. Bentley

141

30

.825

T4. Emporia State

139

33

.808

T4. Alaska Anchorage

122

29

.808

 

Juniors Take Turns As Rebound Leaders

The junior forward trio of Snyder, Daugherty and Worley had led or co-led AU in rebounds in a game in 71 of the first 73 games of their careers...

 

LEADER(S)

OPPONENT

DATE     

Daugherty (12)

vs. Cedarville

11/14/14

Snyder (15)

vs. Ursuline

11/15/14

Daugherty (9)

at Southern Ind.

11/22/14

Daugherty (11)

GANNON

11/25/14

Daugherty (20)

GRAND VALLEY

12/4/14

Daugherty/Snyder (9)

FERRIS STATE

12/6/14

Daugherty (7)

at Hillsdale

12/11/14

Snyder (7)

at Saginaw Valley

12/14/14

Snyder (10)

DAVIS & ELKINS

12/19/14

Snyder (11)

URBANA

12/20/14

Daugherty (8)

NORTHWOOD

1/2/15

Snyder (13)

LAKE SUPERIOR

1/4/15

Snyder (7)

at Northern Mich.

1/8/15

Daugherty (9)

at Michigan Tech

1/10/15

Snyder (14)

at Walsh

1/15/15

Snyder (5)

MALONE

1/17/15

Daugherty (12)

FINDLAY

1/22/15

Snyder (13)

WAYNE STATE

1/24/15

Worley (9)

at Ohio Dominican

1/29/15

Snyder (11)

at Tiffin

1/31/15

Worley (9)

LAKE ERIE

2/2/15

Daugherty/Snyder (11)

WALSH

2/5/15

Daugherty (7)

at Malone

2/7/15

Snyder (11)

at Findlay

2/12/15

Daugherty (14)

at Wayne State

2/14/15

Daugherty (9)

O. DOMINICAN

2/19/15

Daugherty (12)

TIFFIN

2/21/15

Snyder (11)

at Lake Erie

2/26/15

Snyder (11)

NORTHWOOD

3/4/15

Daugherty (10)

vs. Walsh

3/7/15

Daugherty (10)

at Michigan Tech

3/8/15

Daugherty/Snyder (5)

vs. Southern Ind.

3/13/15

Daugherty (13)

at Michigan Tech

3/14/15

Snyder (13)

vs. Lewis

3/16/15

Snyder (11)

vs. Cedarville

11/13/15

Snyder (10)

at Alderson Broaddus

11/14/15

Daugherty (7)

SOUTHERN IND.

11/21/15

Daugherty (12)

at Indianapolis

11/24/15

Snyder (18)

at Grand Valley St.

12/3/15

Snyder (9)

at Ferris State

12/5/15

Snyder (14)

HILLSDALE

12/9/15

Snyder (7)

SVSU

12/12/15

Daugherty (12)

ST. JOSEPH'S

12/19/15

Snyder (14)

URBANA

12/20/15

Daugherty (7)

at Northwood

1/2/16

Snyder (8)

at Lake Superior

1/3/16

Snyder (12)

N. MICHIGAN

1/7/16

Snyder (9)

MICH. TECH

1/9/16

Daugherty (8)

WALSH

1/14/16

Daugherty (9)

at Malone

1/16/16

Daugherty (8)

at Findlay

1/21/16

Snyder (18)

at Wayne State

1/23/16

Snyder (9)

O. DOMINICAN

1/28/16

Snyder (12)

TIFFIN

1/30/16

Miller (10)

at Lake Erie

2/1/16

Daugherty (7)

at Walsh

2/4/16

Snyder (10)

MALONE

2/6/16

Snyder (14)

FINDLAY

2/11/16

Daugherty/Snyder (7)

WAYNE STATE

2/13/16

Snyder (13)

at Ohio Dominican

2/18/16

Snyder (9)

at Tiffin

2/20/16

Daugherty (11)

LAKE ERIE

2/25/16

Snyder (9)

N. MICHIGAN

3/1/16

Snyder (7)

WALSH

3/5/16

Daugherty/Snyder (10)

GRAND VALLEY

3/6/16

Daugherty (16)

URSULINE

3/11/16

Snyder (9)

DRURY

3/12/16

Worley (10)

CEDARVILLE

11/11/16

Snyder (13)

A. BROADDUS

11/12/16

Snyder (14)

INDIANAPOLIS

11/19/16

Snyder (14)

at Gannon

11/23/16

Snyder (15)

SLIPPERY ROCK

11/26/16

Loomis (10)

MERCYHURST

11/27/16

 

2016-17 Competitiveness Chart

The following is a look at the Eagles' 2016-17 "competitiveness chart" - the measure of how long a team leads, is tied and trails in a game:

 

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME AHEAD

TIME TIED

TIME BEHIND

11/11/16

CEDARVILLE

37:21

2:39

0:00

11/12/16

ALDERSON BROADDUS

38:28

1:32

0:00

11/19/16

INDIANAPOLIS

39:39

0:21

0:00

11/23/16

at Gannon

37:26

1:42

0:43

11/26/16

SLIPPERY ROCK

39:13

0:46

0:00

11/27/16

MERCYHURST

27:32

0:50

11:38

 
 

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