In September of 2016, Ashland University's women's basketball program unveiled its Fastbreak Club.
In September of 2019, the Eagle women are introducing Fastbreak Club Junior, a club for fans in eighth grade or younger.
"The Fastbreak Club was established as a way garner a community of support around our women's basketball team," said Ashland head coach Kari Pickens. "When I look at our community, I just see how many young people love watching our girls play, and we wanted them to be a part of that community, and get the chance to interact with our girls."
To promote the new club, Ashland women's basketball will have a free youth clinic on Sept. 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium for girls and boys in grades 1-8. All participants must bring their own basketball for the opportunity to learn from the 2019-20 Eagle women. Those who attend the youth clinic can learn the basic skills of the game, like shooting, passing, dribbling, etc., while having fun.
"The free clinic that we are putting on is for the entire community. You don't have to be a part of the club," Pickens said. "It is just a free clinic for everyone. My hope is…everyone can get an opportunity to connect with our girls, learn something and have a good time."
For more information on the free clinic, contact Ashland graduate assistant coach Kylie Frizell at 330-749-3168, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2018-19, the Eagles finished 29-3 overall and 18-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, winning their fourth consecutive GLIAC Tournament championship and qualifying for the Division II postseason for the fifth year in a row.
Over the last eight seasons, Ashland women's basketball has put together perhaps the best stretch in NCAA Division II – two national championships, two national runner-up finishes, seven D-II playoff appearances, six GLIAC Tournament championships, five GLIAC regular-season titles, a Division II basketball-record 73-game winning streak (Nov. 11, 2016-March 21, 2018), and an aggregate record of 246-27 (.901).
Those 246 wins represent the most for any D-II women's hoops program in the last eight seasons.