Eagles complete perfect regular season

Noah Cloonan

The Ashland University Women’s basketball team completed the first undefeated regular season in school history defeating the Tiffin Dragons, 106-76.

With the win, AU become the first GLIAC team to finish the conference season 20-0.  

Tiffin kept the game close early including taking a 7-6 lead after a three ball by Deidre McKay.

 It was a tight first half as they Eagles only led by 13 at the break, 53-40. 

The second half was a different story for the Eagles as they opened the half on a 23-0 run to extend their lead to 76-40. 

AU never looked back as they cruised to the victory. 

It was senior night inside Kates Gymnasium as AU recognized the three seniors on this years team, Kelsey Peare, Alex Henning and Rachelle Morrison. 

Peare has been a major component to the team’s success during her four years at AU. Head coach Robyn Fralick has dubbed her many times as the most improved player she has ever coached and that has shown this season as she leads the Nation in three-point field goal percentage at 53.8%. 

Against Tiffin, Peare finished with 15 points on 6-9 shooting.

 Alex Henning has been the starting point guard for the past two seasons for the Eagles after transferring from Bucknell. She has cemented herself as one of the best on-ball defenders in the GLIAC and had five points and four rebounds against the Dragons.

The final senior, Morrison, has been a staple on the team for four seasons and is widely regarded by her teammates as one of the best leaders on the floor. 

Off the bench, she was able to knock down a three pointer in her ten minutes of action in her final regular season home game of her career.

 Julie Worley once again replaced Laina Snyder in the starting lineup and had a team high 20 points and nine rebounds. Jodi Johnson also had 20 points for the Eagles.

The regular season is over, but the real work is just beginning for the women’s basketball team as they will begin their quest for their second straight GLIAC Championship against Walsh on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.