Snyder breaks rebounding record to lead eagles to victory in Texas

Zach Read, MANAGING EDITOR OF THE COLLEGIAN

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After a challenging first game at the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic in San Antonio, Texas, the Ashland University women’s basketball team did not face much adversity in their second matchup against St. Mary’s on Saturday (Nov. 25).

Coming off of a strong 79-66 win against No. 8 Lubbock Christian the day before, the No. 1 Eagles (6-0) dominated the host St. Mary’s (2-6) by a margin of 87-51.

With the win on Saturday, the Eagles have won 43-consecutive games, moving into third place on the all-time NCAA Division II women’s basketball winning streak list behind only Washburn (51, Jan. 26, 2005-March 11, 2006) and North Dakota State (49, Feb. 25, 1994-Dec. 15, 1995).

After a record setting day by sophomore guard Jodi Johnson yesterday in the free throw category, senior Laina Snyder had a record-breaking day of her own in the rebounding category against St. Mary’s.

On the same play with seven minutes left in the second quarter, Snyder broke Ashland’s all-time leading rebounder and moved into second place on the Eagles all-time scoring list. Snyder grabbed five boards on the evening to give her 939 career boards passing Jackie Mason (937) for first place. She also had a team-high 24 points that moved her into second place with 1,696 career points behind first place Amber Rall (2003-2007) with 2,087 career points.

In addition, Snyder and fellow senior forward Andi Daugherty became the top scoring classmate duo in program history. The two have combined for 3,234 points in their careers, passing Amber Rall and Catherine Portyrata (3,210).

Daugherty finished the contest with 10 points and four assists while Johnson finished with fifteen points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Coming off the bench for the Eagles was sophomore forward Sarah Loomis who contributed 10 points and six boards in only fifteen minutes of action.

In the contest, Ashland was off to an early 10-6 lead and then finished out the rest of the first quarter to go up 23-13.

Going into halftime, the Eagles led the Rattlers 43-27 as they continued to increase the lead in the second half.

Ashland held St. Mary’s to 42% shooting from the field while the Eagles shot 52.4% of their own. The Eagles led in a number of the statistical categories including rebounds (36), assists (21), points off turnovers (41), and points in the paint (48).

Ashland has now finished non-conference play at a record of 6-0 as they look to open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this week.

The Eagles will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, MI. on Thursday (Nov. 30) to take on Lake Superior State (0-4) at 5:30 p.m.

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