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‘AU Eagle Basketball’ secures a national championship

By Chris Bils

March 30, 2013

“AU Eagle Basketball” cannot be explained in a sentence. It cannot be accomplished with just one person. It is not just the five players on the floor at any given time. It is the vision of one woman—head coach Sue Ramsey—and what she calls playing the game the right way, and it takes a whole team...

Ashland one step away from a national title

Senior forward Ashley Dorner fires over Western Washington's Aleisha Hathaway in the second half of Ashland's 66-54 win in the Final Four. Dorner had six huge points to help hold off the Vikings.

By Chris Bils

March 28, 2013

All year, the Ashland women’s basketball team has had one goal: to get back to the national championship and win it. Wednesday night, the first part of that goal was accomplished when the Eagles took down Western Washington in the Final Four, 66-54. Second-ranked Ashland (36-1) led from start to finis...

Ashland ready to face familiar foe in Elite Eight

Sue Ramsey and Cleve Wright have coached against each other since Gannon was in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Golden Knights left in 2008.

By Chris Bils

March 26, 2013

Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey and Gannon head coach Cleve Wright have known each other for a while. The two used to battle twice a year when Gannon was in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. “Yeah, long time,” Ramsey said. “I can’t even add up the years.” Wright is in his 11th...

Ashland takes care of business in first round

By Chris Bils

March 15, 2013

On a day when upsets ruled the Division II women’s basketball landscape, Ashland held tough and moved on to the second round with a 70-56 victory over Indianapolis. The Eagles (32-1) rode behind the stellar play of senior forwards Kari Daugherty and Daiva Gerbec. Daugherty had a game-high 31 point...

Ashland rolls into postseason

Ashland senior forward Kari Daugherty played in her first game after her knee sprain from earlier in the season. Daugherty had 18 points in 21 minutes of the game.

By Chris Bils

March 7, 2013

Ohio Dominican (8-15, 5-15) A crowd of 1,762 packed Kates Gymnasium on Feb. 21 to celebrate Senior Night and the return of senior forward Kari Daugherty from injury, but Ohio Dominican nearly spoiled the party. Ashland withstood a second-half surge by the Panthers that brought them within five points, pu...

Eagles struggle in Daugherty’s return, hold off Ohio Dominican

By Chris Bils

February 22, 2013

A crowd of 1,762 packed Kates Gymnasium to celebrate Senior Night and the return of senior forward Kari Daugherty from injury, but Ohio Dominican nearly spoiled the party. Ashland withstood a second-half surge by the Panthers (8-15, 5-15 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) that brought them wi...

Don’t overthink it

By Chris Bils

February 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day is always full of surprises, but there were few people on Ashland’s campus that saw this one coming. As word started to spread that the undefeated and top-ranked women’s basketball team had fallen 66-51 to Findlay last Thursday, many reacted with some form of denial. It went somethin...

Women’s basketball falls to Findlay

By Chris Bils

February 21, 2013

Perfection is excruciatingly difficult to accomplish. For 25 games this season, Ashland women’s basketball was perfect. The Eagles began the season ranked No. 1 and stayed there for 12 weeks. They had won 49 regular season games in a row and 38 straight against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic C...

Eagles sweat out a 72-62 win over Ferris State

By Chris Bils

December 1, 2012

Easy might not be the right word to describe the Ashland women’s basketball team’s season so far. Comfortable, however, is one that fits. Coming into Saturday’s game against Ferris State, the top-ranked Eagles had won all seven of their games by an average of 27.7 points. The Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1...

AUWBB beats Dayton in thriller

By Chris Bils

November 8, 2012

Who said the women’s basketball team was going to wait until the season started to make things exciting? Saturday, the Eagles knocked off the University of Dayton 79-77 on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by senior guard Lindsay Tenyak. While the game was an exhibition and does not count towards the team’...

Women’s basketball voted No. 1

Senior forward Kari Daugherty lines up a free throw during last year’s national semifinal against Bentley, which the Eagles won 77-62 to advance to the national champoionship. Ashland was voted No. 1 in this season’s preseason poll, one spot ahead of Bentley.

By Chris Bils

November 1, 2012

On Tuesday, the women’s basketball team received the honor of being ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA Today Sports/ESPN Division II Coaches’ Poll. The USA Today Sports board of coaches, made up of 33 coaches from around Division II that are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association,...

How she got here

By Chris Bils

August 22, 2012

Philippians 4:9- Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. If basketball was the only reason that Kari Daugherty came to Ashland, her March 10 performance against Quincy in the Midwest Regional semifinal at Kat...