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Eagles dominate Dragons in front of large home crowd

Zach Read

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On an afternoon that honored former basketball players from the past 50 years, the Ashland University women’s basketball team had no trouble impressing the alumni at Kates Gymnasium on Saturday (Jan. 27th).

The Eagles (20-0, 12-0 GLIAC) defeated the visiting Tiffin dragons (6-14, 2-10 GLIAC) by a score of 111-46 to mark their 57th consecutive win in front of a packed Kates Gymnasium.

With this win for Ashland they have now tied the longest winning streak for NCAA Division II basketball, regardless of gender. This original mark was set by the Winona State men’s team from Jan. 13, 2006-March 22, 2007.

The Dragons were no match for the Eagles as Ashland caused turnover after turnover in the first quarter and took a 34-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Leading the way for the Eagles was senior forward Andi Daugherty who posted a season-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field while adding seven rebounds and four assists. She became the third player in program history to score at least 1,750 career points (1,758).

“She does so many things that come up in the box score, and then she does so many things that don’t,” head coach Robyn Fralick said.

Other standouts for the Eagles on Saturday was sophomore guard Jodi Johnson who landed her fifth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Johnson had a perfect game scoring 17 points by shooting 6-6 from the field, 3-3 from behind the arc, and 2-2 from the charity stripe while adding eight steals to her stat line.

Including Daugherty and Johnson, four other Eagles scored in double digits: senior forward Laina Snyder had 14 points while sophomore guard Renee Stimpert contributed 10 points, seven assists, and four steals. Coming off the bench for the Eagles were forwards Sara Loomis who contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and Julie Worley who added 11 points to the scoring column.

“Something that we emphasize a lot and something that I feel like that has really developed and grown over the year, with this particular team, is sharing the ball,” Fralick said. “And I thought we did that very well against Tiffin.”

As the Eagles went into halftime, they were in total control with a score of 69-22.

In the second half Ashland dropped back from their usual full-court press to half court defense and improved in that area of their game. Fralick said that she liked how they were still able to apply defensive pressure in the half court in the second half.

“With the amount of points that we’ve been beating teams, we still have to make sure that we’re improving,” Daugherty said.

In the second half, the Eagles only gave up 24 points to the Dragons on their way to their fourth straight triple digit game. Ashland has had 11 games this season in which they have scored over 100 points and Saturday’s win was their eighth 100 point game in the last ten outings.

The Dragons were led by freshman guard Jensen Hiegel who finished the contest with 13 points.

The sixth man was present Saturday as Kates Gymnasium was packed by community members and students.

“It was definitely a tournament type atmosphere. It’s great being able to play in that type of an environment,” Daugherty said.

The No. 1 Eagles will travel to Wayne State on Saturday (Feb. 1) to take on the Warriors.

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