Top-Ranked AU Women Can Make More History Vs. Dragons

Top-Ranked AU Women Can Make More History Vs. Dragons

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Opening Tip

The 2016-17 Ashland University women's basketball team can complete a historic regular season on Feb. 23.

Ashland (27-0 overall, 19-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will play host to Tiffin (6-18, 4-15) at 5:30 p.m. on Senior Night at Kates Gymnasium. A win over the Dragons would give the Eagles the program's first undefeated regular season in 50 seasons of play, and the first 20-0 regular season in the history of GLIAC women's basketball.

The Eagles are coming off two wins last week - 92-50 at home against Walsh on Feb. 16, and 102-68 at Findlay on Feb. 18.

Ashland, the only undefeated women's or men's basketball team in NCAA Division II, comes into the regular-season finale with a program records for consecutive regular-season home wins (39), GLIAC regular-season home wins in a row (29) and most wins to begin a season (27).

 

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.

 

Ashland Women Top WBCA D-II Poll For 10th Time In A Row

For the second time in program history, Ashland University is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II in 10 consecutive Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Coaches' Polls.

In the latest poll released on Tuesday (Feb. 21) afternoon, the Eagles also were the unanimous top choice in the country for the fourth week in a row. Ashland is the only undefeated women's or men's basketball team in Division II.

The latest WBCA poll marks the 23rd time Ashland has been the top-ranked team in Division II. Ashland's 10 straight No. 1 rankings is the program's second-longest streak (12, 2012-13). The Eagles are 42-1 (.977) all-time when playing as the No. 1 team in the country.

Ashland has been ranked in the WBCA poll 66 times, has been in the Top 10 in the poll 50 times and has been in the Top 5 on 42 occasions, all since 1995-96. This is the 31st straight poll in which the Eagles have appeared.

Ashland is the lone GLIAC team in the latest WBCA poll.

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland's latest two wins already give the 2016-17 Eagles the fourth-most wins in a season in program history, trailing only 2012-13 (37), 2011-12 (33) and 2015-16 (31).

"It was a great week," Fralick said. "Playing two tough South opponents, and (it was) two really competitive games. I thought we showed a lot of fight and played really hard."

In this season's first meeting with the Dragons in Tiffin, Ashland won 119-74, scoring the most points in a road game in program history.

The Eagles already know their GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal opponent at home on Feb. 28 will be Walsh, but Tiffin is first and foremost on their minds.

"That's the trick to a season, focusing on what's in front of you," said Fralick. "Right now, what's in front of us is Tiffin, and our focus is finishing out the regular season and finishing it well.

"All five of their players on the court at any time can shoot the ball, and they can shoot it well."

 

AU's Senior Trio To Be Honored Vs. Tiffin

Ashland senior guards Kelsey Peare, Alex Henning and Rachelle Morrison will be honored prior to their final regular-season game at Kates Gymnasium.

Peare is averaging 11.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game, is first in NCAA Division II in 3-point field-goal percentage (53.7) and second in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.67-to-1).

"It's such a great story," said Fralick. "She's one of the most improved players I have ever seen coaching. She's put in the work, and she thinks of others really well."

Henning goes for 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per contest while hitting a team-best 61.2 percent from the field.

"Alex obviously sets the tone with our defense," Fralick said, "her ability to hawk the ball, and she's an extremely consistent person and a really good teammate."

Morrison has played in 23 games this season, averaging 2.7 points and hitting 31.0 percent from 3-point range in 9.9 minutes per outing.

"Rachelle is the heart and soul of our team. She's the center of our huddle," said Fralick. "We are who we are, and we are where we are as a team this year because of her. Her consistency, her willingness to put the team absolutely first speaks volumes.

"This senior class, there's two things that have stood out about them. First of all, their maturity, and second of all, their consistency. And that has absolutely trickled down to our whole team."

 

Daugherty's GLIAC South Honor Puts Her, AU Women's Counts At 10

The number of the day for Ashland University's women's basketball team on Monday (Feb. 20) was 10.

Junior forward Andi Daugherty earned her 10th career GLIAC South Division Player of the Week award on Monday. It also is the 10th time this season an Eagle has been selected for the honor.

In a two-win week for the No. 1-ranked Eagles, Daugherty posted a pair of 20-plus-point games - 24 at home against Walsh and 21 at Findlay. She has scored at least 20 points in 19 career games.

For the week, Daugherty averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while hitting 77.3 percent from the field, 83.3 percent from the 3-point line and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line. In the home win vs. the Cavaliers, Daugherty's combined shooting efforts of 9-for-10 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the foul line marked her best percentage in 94 career games as an Eagle.

"Andi's a very dynamic player. She had a great week," said Fralick. "One of the things that's really stood out to me is her defense, especially lately. It's been at a new level. Just that toughness she brings, and you can see that through the way she impacts a game in a lot of ways."

So far this season, Daugherty is averaging 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while connecting on 56.2 percent from the floor, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent at the foul line. She is eighth in the GLIAC in points per game and tied for third in field-goal percentage.

Daugherty has moved into eighth place on Ashland's all-time scoring list with 1,336 career points, and is fifth in program history in career field-goal percentage at 52.3.

This is the third time Daugherty has earned the GLIAC South award this season. Fellow junior forward Laina Snyder is a six-time recipient in 2016-17, and freshman guard Jodi Johnson earned the award once.

 

Eagles Chasing More GLIAC History

Ashland has one regular-season game to play, and it is chasing some GLIAC history along the way.

With one more win, not only would the Eagles join Saginaw Valley State and Oakland as the only GLIAC women's basketball programs to go through a conference regular season undefeated more than once, they also would be the first GLIAC team to finish a league regular season at 20-0.

 

UNDEFEATED WBB TEAMS IN GLIAC PLAY IN A SINGLE SEASON

- 2016-17 Ashland - 19-0 (one game to go)

- 2011-12 Ashland - 19-0                        

- 1996-97 Northern Michigan - 18-0                

- 1988-89 Oakland 16-0

- 1984-85 Saginaw Valley State - 16-0

- 1983-84 Saginaw Valley State - 16-0

- 1982-83 Oakland - 16-0

- 1981-82 Oakland - 16-0

- 1979-80 Wayne State - 10-0

- 1974-75 Grand Valley State - 8-0

Ashland already is the only GLIAC women's basketball program to win both three regular-season and three tournament championships in a five-year span (2011-12 to 2015-16).

 

Snyder, Daugherty Climbing AU Points Lists Separately, Together

Snyder and Daugherty each went past the 1,000-career-point mark earlier this season. Snyder (1,441 career points) is in fifth place all-time at Ashland, while Daugherty (1,336) is eighth.

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

2,777

Kari Daugherty/Daiva Gerbec

2012-13

2,672

Gweynn Hampel/Darla Plice

1977-78

2,518

 

And Then There Was…One

Ashland enters the new week as the only undefeated women's or men's basketball team in NCAA Division II. Through Feb. 19, Ashland is one of seven women's basketball teams at all NCAA levels to still be undefeated:

DIVISION I (1) - Connecticut.

DIVISION II (1) - ASHLAND.

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 171 victories and an .881 winning percentage (171-23) through Feb. 19.

 

The Threes Keep Falling

Thanks to a red-hot last eight games, Ashland's season 3-point field-goal percentage of 41.3 is second in NCAA Division II and first in the GLIAC.

In the previous five games (Jan. 5-19), the Eagles were 20-for-76 (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Since Jan. 26, however, Ashland has been one of the top teams in the country from downtown:

 

DATE

OPPONENT

3FG

3FGA

3FG%

1/26

at Walsh

5

10

50.0

1/28

FINDLAY

15

24

62.5

1/30

at Tiffin

11

20

55.0

2/2

at Ohio Dominican

4

15

26.7

2/4

at Hillsdale

6

20

30.0

2/9

LAKE ERIE

17

28

60.7

2/16

WALSH

9

21

42.9

2/18

at Findlay

11

16

68.8

TOTAL

 

78

154

50.6

 

The Laundry List Of Winning Streaks

So far in 2016-17, Ashland has set four of the 10 program winning streaks found below:

 

CATEGORY

CURRENT

AU RECORD

Regular-season home win streak

39 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

39 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

Regular-season win streak

33 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

49 (Nov. 13, 2011-Feb. 9, 2013)

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

29 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

29 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

Consecutive wins to start a season

27 (2016-17)

27 (2016-17)

Overall win streak

27 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

25 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

Road/neutral-site win streak

15 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

15 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

Regular-season road/neutral-site win streak

15 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

Home win streak

14 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season road win streak

12 (Feb. 18, 2016-current)

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

 

The Arrow Is Pointing Up

Ashland continues to lead Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65-to-1), assists per game (25.0), field-goal percentage (52.1) and scoring margin per game (34.3), and is tied for the highest-scoring offense in the country at 96.5 points per game with Glenville State.

On the D-II active career leaderboard, Snyder is fifth in steals per game (2.76) and seventh in total steals (257) and double-doubles (37), and senior forward Julie Worley is sixth in field-goal percentage (58.5).

 
 

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