In a 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal which saw records fall and be tied, No. 1-ranked Ashland University defeated Northwood, 111-75, on Saturday (March 3) at Kates Gymnasium.
The Eagles improve to 30-0 this season, and have won at least 30 games for the third consecutive year. Ashland, which has won 67 consecutive games overall, will play in the GLIAC Tournament championship game for the fourth consecutive season, and the seventh time in the last eight years.
"It's a team we saw just a week ago," said Ashland head coach Robyn Fralick, who now has been a head coach in 100 games – and won 98 of them, "and we felt like, after that game…we had a lot of things we could clean up. Our team did a great job of doing those details better."
The Timberwolves' season ends at 17-11.
1. Ashland scored a GLIAC Tournament-record 111 points, and it was the 18th time this season the Eagles have hit the century mark – tying the NCAA women's basketball all-levels record, set by Glenville State in 2013-14.
2. For the second consecutive game, an Eagle reached the 1,000-point mark. On Saturday, it was senior forward Julie Worley, who came off the bench for 11 points, giving her 1,001 for her career to become the 21st player in program history to hit that plateau.
"I think it's an honor," Worley said. "Individual success comes because you are on great teams. None of us would have reached that goal without great teammates."
3. Senior forward Laina Snyder led Ashland with 25 points, and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Yet another senior forward, Andi Daugherty, added 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Daugherty became the third player in program history to reach 1,900 career points (1,903). Daugherty and Snyder each also played in their 131st game as Eagles on Saturday, breaking the program record of 130 set last season by Kelsey Peare.
"You don't work an entire season and put all the time into it...we put all this work in, and it's a new chunk of season," Daugherty said. "There's just a new fire that's lit and a new energy. This is the fun time to play basketball."
4. Sophomore guard Jodi Johnson scored 16 points and added six assists, sophomore guard Renee Stimpert chipped in with 12 points, six boards and seven helpers (now 200 assists on the season), and junior guard Maddie Dackin added 10 points in the victory.
5. Ashland hit 17 3-point field goals, one shy of the school single-game record and setting a new GLIAC Tournament record, was 57.4 percent from the floor and 60.7 percent from the arc, and had 28 assists on 39 made field goals (the field goals tie a GLIAC Tournament record).
6. The Eagles came out of the gate white hot, hitting their first seven shots from the floor, all assisted. In the first quarter, Ashland hit 15-of-18 from the field with 12 assists, including 7-of-10 from downtown, and had a 39-13 lead going into the second.
7. At the half, the Eagle lead was 63-27, as the shooting percentages were 66.7 from the field and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from distance. Ashland had 19 assists on 24 baskets, while also keeping Northwood to 1-of-10 from beyond the arc with 11 turnovers.
8. Ashland is 26-14 all-time in the GLIAC Tournament, and 10-2 in tourney semifinals. The Eagles also are 18-1 in the GLIAC Tournament at home, and 3-0 all-time in the conference tourney vs. the Timberwolves.
9. Northwood is the second team Ashland has defeated three times this season, along with Davenport. In 2016-17, the Eagles beat both Grand Valley State and Walsh thrice, and the last time AU topped a team three times in the same season prior to that was Michigan Tech in 2012-13.
10. For the Timberwolves, Lindsay Orwat led all scorers with 28 points, Maddy Seeley added 20 and Karli Herrington came off the bench for 10.
The 2018 GLIAC Tournament championship game on Sunday (March 4) at 3 p.m. at home vs. Grand Valley State, a 67-45 winner over Ferris State in Saturday's second semifinal.