Eagle Women Start At No. 8 In WBCA Preseason Poll

Eagle Women Start At No. 8 In WBCA Preseason Poll

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For the fourth season in a row, Ashland University's women's basketball team will start in the top 10 of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 10.

Released on Thursday (Oct. 31), the 2019-20 WBCA NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll has the Eagles slotted at No. 8. This is the 70th consecutive poll in which Ashland has been in the Top 25, and this follows the previous three seasons, in which AU was No. 5 in the preseason in 2016-17, No. 1 in 2017-18 and No. 2 in 2018-19.

Earlier this month, the Eagle women were picked to finish second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division in 2019-20.

The 2018-19 season saw Ashland finish 29-3 overall and 18-2 in the GLIAC regular season, win the GLIAC Tournament and qualify for the Division II postseason for the fifth consecutive year. The Eagles return four starters this season – senior guards Jodi Johnson (18.0 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 3.0 apg.) and Renee Stimpert (9.9 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 7.3 apg.), senior forward Sara Loomis (16.0 ppg., 10.0 rpg.) and junior forward Karlee Pireu (10.8 ppg., 5.4 rpg.) – while also bringing back two of the top off-the-bench performers in the conference a year ago in senior guard/forward Sarah Hart (6.6 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.8 apg.) and sophomore guard Hallie Heidemann (6.3 ppg., 1.9 rpg., 1.1 apg.).

Spanning the last eight seasons, Ashland women's basketball has put together perhaps the best stretch in Division II history – 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.

The Eagles will begin 2019-20 with two games in Louisville, Ky. – Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m. vs. Cedarville, and Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. vs. Ohio Dominican. On Friday (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m., Ashland will play an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Dayton.

 

2019-20 WBCA NCAA DIVISION II PRESEASON TOP 25 COACHES POLL

Rank

School (2018-19 record)

Points

First-place votes

2018-19
final rank

1

Drury (35-1)

550

8

3

2

Lubbock Christian (31-6)

538

14

1

3

Grand Valley State (29-4)

458

0

8

4

Azusa Pacific (28-6)

436

0

9

5

Virginia Union (28-3)

404

0

13

6

UC San Diego (30-1)

394

0

6

7

Fort Hays State (32-2)

368

0

5

8

ASHLAND (29-3)

333

0

11

9

Indiana (PA) (30-4)

330

0

4

10

Saint Anselm (22-10)

328

0

14

11

Central Missouri (25-7)

295

1

NR

12

West Texas A&M (29-4)

264

0

23

13

Anderson (SC) (30-3)

251

0

22

14

Lee (TN) (25-7)

247

0

NR

15

Nova Southeastern (21-12)

228

0

16

16

Alaska Anchorage (30-3)

225

0

7

17

University of the Sciences (30-3)

174

0

12

18

Minnesota State Moorhead (27-7)

172

0

NR

19

Le Moyne (NY) (26-6)

151

0

NR

20

Southwestern Oklahoma State (36-1)

150

0

2

21

Lander (23-9)

139

0

NR

22

Glenville State (30-3)

133

0

25

23

North Georgia (30-5)

132

0

15

24

Angelo State (26-6)

98

0

19

25

Benedict (20-7)

73

0

NR

 

ALL-TIME ASHLAND UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLL RANKINGS

Weeks in rankings: 105

Weeks in Top 10: 86

Weeks in Top 5: 70

Weeks at No. 1: 44

Most consecutive weeks in rankings: 70 (current)

Most consecutive weeks in Top 10: 56

Most consecutive weeks in Top 5: 38

Most consecutive weeks at No. 1: 29

Highest ranking: No. 1 (last on March 4, 2018)

Highest final ranking: No. 1 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in rankings: 5 (2012-13, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)

Full seasons in Top 10: 3 (2012-13, 2016-17 and 2017-18)

Full seasons in Top 5: 3 (2012-13, 2016-17 and 2017-18)

Current streak: 70

 

 

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