It was just another day at the office for Ashland University's women's basketball team – a win, and new mention in the NCAA Division II record book.
The No. 1-ranked Eagles won on Saturday (Feb. 3) afternoon at Davenport, 107-85, to improve to 22-0 overall and 14-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The victory extends the Eagles' Division II basketball record for consecutive wins to 59, and they also tied the NCAA all-division women's basketball record for most consecutive 100-point-games with six.
Glenville State set the original mark in D-II in 2014, and Louisiana Tech did it in Division I in 1982.
Ashland has scored in triple figures 13 times this season, and that D-II women's hoops record for a season is 18, also set by Glenville State in 2013-14.
The Eagles' magic number to win the GLIAC South Division title is three.
Davenport is 7-14, 5-9.
1. Perhaps as impressive as the overall winning streak is Ashland winning its 31st straight game away from home – one away from tying the D-II women's basketball record of 32, set by Saint Rose from Nov. 30, 1996-Feb. 20, 1999.
2. Also putting up big numbers once again was sophomore guard Jodi Johnson, who scored a career-high-tying 31 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Another sophomore guard, Renee Stimpert, dished out a career-high 14 assists, one shy of the program record.
3. Senior forward Andi Daugherty added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists; senior forward Laina Snyder and sophomore guard/forward Sara Loomis each added 14 points, and junior guard Brooke Smith rounded out five Eagles in double-digit scoring with 12.
4. Snyder has 1,996 career points, four away from becoming the second player in program history with 2,000 (Amber Rall, 2,087). Daugherty moved into fourth place on the program's all-time rebounding list (853), while Daugherty, Snyder and fellow senior forward Julie Worley all played in their 123rd career games – tied for third all-time at AU.
5. Ashland had 33 assists on 41 made field goals, while hitting 53.2 percent from the field – the sixth straight game in which the Eagles made at least half their shots.
6. Trailing early at 10-6, the Eagles went on a 9-0 spurt to take the lead. By the end of the first quarter, that run was extended to 20-5, and the lead to 26-15 – thanks to a defense-to-offense showing of six turnovers into 16 points.
7. Ashland started the second quarter in similar fashion, keeping Davenport off the scoreboard for the first 3:23 and extending its lead to 36-15. At the half, the Eagles led 57-28, had turned 14 turnovers into 29 points and had 16 assists on 20 made field goals.
8. The Panthers started the third quarter on a 13-2 run, but junior guard Maddie Dackin stopped it with a triple. Ashland was outscored in the third, 32-23, thanks to the Panthers hitting from downtown (nine threes through 30 minutes), but the Eagles led 80-60 going into the fourth.
9. Davenport's Emily Severn hit seven 3-pointers en route to 25 points, while Kelsey Crockett came off the bench for 17.
10. The Panthers made 54.7 percent from the field. It was just the fourth time in 2017-18 an opponent has out-shot Ashland from the floor in a game.
Back at Kates Gymnasium for another GLIAC game on Thursday (Feb. 8) at 5:30 p.m. vs. Lake Superior State (2-17, 1-13).