On Friday (April 7), Ohio's United States Senators, Rob Portman (R) and Sherrod Brown (D), introduced a resolution in the Senate recognizing the athletic achievement of the 2016-17 Ashland University women's basketball team.
The Eagles won their second Division II national championship on March 24, defeating Virginia Union, 93-77, in Columbus. Ashland became the first D-II women's basketball team to finish a season at 37-0, and set a new D-II single-season record for points with 3,456.
"Ohio is home to some of the best basketball teams in the country, and we are proud to have Ashland's women's team leading Division II basketball," Portman said. "Congratulations to Coach (Robyn) Fralick and the Eagles on capping their undefeated, record-setting season with another championship."
"By winning the national championship, Ashland secured the perfect ending to their historic season," said Brown. "With two NCAA Division II championships in the last five years, I look forward to the Eagles continuing their tradition of excellence for years to come. Congratulations to the coaches, players and the university on a job well done."
Over the last six seasons (2011-12 to 2016-17), Ashland has two national titles and a national runner-up finish, and the most wins (181) and best winning percentage (.887, 181-23) in D-II in that time frame.
The full text of the resolution follows:
Congratulating the Ashland University women's basketball team for winning the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association division II championship.
Whereas the Ashland University Eagles won the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (referred to in this preamble as the "NCAA") division II women's basketball championship game against the Virginia Union University Panthers at Alumni Hall on the campus of Ohio Dominican University by a score of 93 to 77;
Whereas, with a record of 37-0, the Ashland University Eagles achieved the best record ever by a NCAA division II women's team;
Whereas the 2017 NCAA championship was the second division II national championship for Ashland University during the last 5 years;
Whereas head coach Robyn Fralick was named the 2017 United States Marine Corps Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coach of the Year;
Whereas assistant coach Kari Pickens was named the 2017 Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year;
Whereas Laina Snyder was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA division II women's basketball tournament: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) congratulates the Ashland University women's basketball team on winning the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association division II championship; and
(2) recognizes the contributions and achievements of each player, coach, and staff member of the Ashland University women's basketball team who contributed to the 2016–2017 undefeated season.