No. 1 AU Women Begin GLIAC Tourney Tuesday At Home

No. 1 AU Women Begin GLIAC Tourney Tuesday At Home

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Opening Tip

After accomplishing the program's first undefeated regular season, Ashland University's women's basketball team will begin 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament play with a home quarterfinal against Walsh on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

The Eagles are 28-0 overall, and became the first GLIAC women's basketball team to end the regular year at 20-0. The Cavaliers are the tournament's No. 8 seed and are 15-12, 11-9.

In the previous two meetings between Ashland and Walsh during the 2016-17 regular season, the Eagles won 90-53 in North Canton on Jan. 26, and won 92-50 at home on Feb. 16.

Ashland is the only undefeated women's or men's basketball team in NCAA Division II, and is the highest-scoring D-II team at 96.8 points per game through Feb. 23.

The Eagles are 2-0 all-time against Walsh in the GLIAC Tournament.

 

Eagles On The Air

- The quarterfinal game will be aired live on WRDL-FM 88.9.

- The quarterfinal game 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.

 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ashland comes into the 2017 GLIAC Tournament on the heels of a 106-76 home win over Tiffin on Feb. 23 to close out the regular season.

"It was a really honoring night," Fralick said. "It was Senior Night for our three seniors. What we had talked about going into the game is, let's honor them. I thought we did that, so it was a great end to our regular season, and it was an accumulation of a lot of people's hard work and putting the team first."

The Eagles have won their second GLIAC regular-season title in a row and fourth in six seasons, and their sixth GLIAC South Division championship in the last seven years.

Ashland now turns its attention to the Cavaliers for the third time this season.

"Basically, it's like a new season starts now," said Fralick. "We split up the season throughout the year into different segments. And now, we're into a new segment, and we need to prepare and be focused in that.

"There's things after every game that you look back and know we've got to do this better, and we've got to be sharper in this and we have to be more intentional in this. Walsh is a team we know really well, and we're going to have to be ready to play."

 

GLIAC Tournament And The Eagles – By The Numbers

- 3 - Ashland has won three GLIAC Tournament championships (2012, 2013 and 2016)

- 18 - This is the 18th time in 22 seasons in the GLIAC that Ashland will compete in the GLIAC Tournament. This is the 10th consecutive season the Eagles have qualified.

- 2 - Only Michigan Tech (27) and Northern Michigan (23) have made more GLIAC women's basketball tournament appearances than Ashland.

- 13 - The Eagles are 13-1 all-time at home in the GLIAC Tournament.

- 101 - Ashland's record for most points scored in a GLIAC Tournament game is 101, set in a double-overtime game against Ferris State on Feb. 27, 1998.

 

Looking Back At All The 100s

Ashland has scored at least 100 points in 11 games this season, after hitting the century mark just 17 times in the previous 49 seasons combined.

The Eagles also have scored at least 100 points in back-to-back games five times this season after never having done it before.

Ashland comes into the GLIAC Tournament having scored 100-plus points in six of the last eight games, and leads both NCAA Division II and the GLIAC at 96.8 points per game.

The list of Eagle 100-point games this season follows:

 

DATE

OPPONENT

FINAL SCORE

11/12/16

ALDERSON BROADDUS

W, 128-41*

12/8/16

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

W, 101-50

12/10/16

WAYNE STATE

W, 103-55

1/7/17

NORTHERN MICHIGAN

W, 103-55

1/12/17

OHIO DOMINICAN

W, 101-62

1/28/17

FINDLAY

W, 110-65

1/30/17

at Tiffin

W, 119-74

2/4/17

at Hillsdale

W, 102-82

2/9/17

LAKE ERIE

W, 111-70

2/18/17

at Findlay

W, 102-68

2/23/17

TIFFIN

W, 106-76

* - school record for most points in a game

 

Ashland's Home-Court Advantage Is Almost Like No Other

The Eagles ended the regular season at 15-0 at home, moving their school-record regular-season winning streaks at Kates Gymnasium to 40 in the regular season and 30 in the GLIAC regular season.

Ashland is 33-1 at home under Fralick, and since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, it has won 103 of its 114 home games (.904). The Eagles' 15-game home winning streak overall is the sixth-longest currently in Division II through Feb. 23.

The Eagles have gone 14 consecutive seasons with a winning record at "The Kates."

 

Worley Makes The Most Of Every Chance

Prior to making her first two collegiate starts in the final two games of the regular season, Ashland junior forward Julie Worley was on a pace to score 1,000 career points without ever getting a starting assignment.

Worley's game has gone up in those two starts, as she has posted 36 points, 17 rebounds and three steals while hitting 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the field and 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the free-throw line.

"The credit goes to Julie," Fralick said. "Julie has always put herself in a position to be prepared. Her preparation on the court and in the classroom are really, really clear. And she's also always done whatever the team's needed, always. And she's done it willingly and she's done it really well.

"This is just another example of that for her."

In 93 career games, Worley has scored 723 points, and in 2016-17, she already has scored a career-high 327 points. Also one of the top players in Division II in terms of active career field-goal percentage, Worley finished the regular season second in the GLIAC in that category at 58.4 percent, and is fourth in the conference in points scored per 40 minutes (24.6).

 

Eagles Chasing More GLIAC History

Ashland earned the GLIAC's first-ever 20-0 women's basketball regular season, and now it looks to become the first GLIAC women's basketball program to win both four regular-season and four tournament championships in a six-year period.

"This time of the year, in our conference especially, you have to have a good season to be in the tournament," Fralick said. "Everyone who is still playing has had a good season. You've got to be sharp, you've got to be ready and there are going to be a lot of different challenges."

In 2016, the Eagles became the first GLIAC women's basketball program to win both three regular-season and three tournament championships in a five-year span.

 

UNDEFEATED WBB TEAMS IN GLIAC PLAY IN A SINGLE SEASON

- 2016-17 Ashland – 20-0

- 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

 

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 (1,348) 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

2,789

Kari Daugherty/Daiva Gerbec

2012-13

2,672

Gweynn Hampel/Darla Plice

1977-78

2,518

 

And Then There Was…One

Through Feb. 23, Ashland is the only undefeated women's or men's basketball team in NCAA Division II, and 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 III (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 172 victories and an .882 winning percentage (172-23) through Feb. 23.

 

The Notebook

- Ashland has had a field-goal percentage of 50 percent or better in four straight games and nine of the last 10.

- The Eagles have had at least 25 assists in a game 15 times this season.

- Ashland has forced at least 20 turnovers in a game 23 times this season, including the last eight games in a row.

- Over the last seven games, Worley is averaging 15.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while hitting 65.6 percent from the field.

- Daugherty has hit 19 of her last 22 (86.4 percent) from the foul line, and in the last six games, is averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest.

- Senior guard Kelsey Peare has hit 15 of her last 23 (65.2 percent) from the 3-point line, and in the last four games, has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 18-to-3.

- In the last 17 games, freshman guard Jodi Johnson is averaging 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, and has scored in double figures 13 times.

- Freshman guard Renee Stimpert has dished out 39 assists in the last eight games, including a career-high nine in the regular-season finale.

 

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

40 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

40 (Dec. 19, 2014-current)

Regular-season win streak

34 (Feb. 6, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season home win streak

30 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

30 (Jan. 2, 2015-current)

Consecutive wins to start a season

28 (2016-17)

28 (2016-17)

Overall win streak

28 (Nov. 11, 2016-current)

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

GLIAC regular-season win streak

26 (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

15 (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

Through Feb. 23, the Eagles are the Division II pacesetter in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66-to-1), assists per game (25.0), field-goal percentage (52.0), scoring margin per game (34.1) and scoring offense per game (96.8).

Peare continues to lead the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (54.0) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.68-to-1).

Ashland finished the regular season leading the GLIAC in scoring offense per game, field-goal percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage (40.9), assists per game, steals per game (14.8) and rebounding margin per game (plus-9.0).

 
 

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