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One more season: Sue Ramsey will retire after her 20th year coaching Eagles women’s basketball

Kevin Stoicovy

September 25, 2014

Ashland University women’s head basketball coach Sue Ramsey said she will retire from coaching after the 2014-2015 season. On Monday, Ramsey addressed her decision to step down from coaching after spending the past two decades as the leader of the AU women’s basketball program.“I am both humbled a...

Record crowd for women brings the energy

By Melanie Sudar and Teresa Williams

March 21, 2013

It’s Monday night. Campus is practically empty. But Kates Gymnasium is roaring with excitement and thrill. Both Ashland University students and members of the community packed the gym as they watched the Eagles win their second straight regional title. The team played in front of a record-setting cr...

The only freshman on a star-studded team

By Melanie Sudar

March 21, 2013

There are a lot of firsts when it comes to college. First time living on your own; first roommate; first big responsibility; and the first time you make your own decisions. But for freshman McKenzie Miller, she had a different list of “firsts.” Miller is the only freshman on the Ashland University...

Disney magical for No. 1 women’s basketball team

By Chris Bils

November 15, 2012

The women’s basketball team began its season with a long weekend trip to sunny Anaheim, Calif. and the Disney Tip-off Classic. The trip was more business than vacation, however. Ashland took on some of the top teams in the country and came out victorious, solidifying its preseason No. 1 national ranki...

AU lights up twitter

By Justine Ackerman

March 29, 2012

A public relations email glided into every student’s mailbox March 22 around 3:53 p.m. Instead of notifying students that parking lots were going to be closed or an emergency test system was being done, the email stated: The Ashland University women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II...

Eagles fall in championship

By Chris Bils

March 29, 2012

One of the biggest strengths of Ashland’s women’s basketball team all year has been its refusal to get rattled. When All-American junior forward Daiva Gerbec and freshman guard Taylor Woods went down to injury, the Eagles stuck together. When a team like Michigan Tech or Bentley made a big run, they...

Memorable Moments: March 20 vs. Alaska-Anchorage and March 21 vs. Bentley

Memorable Moments: March 20 vs. Alaska-Anchorage and March 21 vs. Bentley

By Chris Bils

March 23, 2012

The 2011-12 Ashland women’s basketball season has been one to remember. The team has won 33 straight games and will play for the national championship 8 p.m. tonight in San Antonio. Over the last three weeks, the Eagles hosted and won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Mi...

#PackKates

By Justine Ackerman

March 23, 2012

Purple and gold streamers snapped against the trees they were tied to as gusts of wind and gossip blew citizens and students alike into Ashland University’s Kates Gymnasium the night of March 12. For some, it was the first time they had stepped foot in the gym, while others automatically climbed the bl...

Editorial: Campus communication needs to be improved

March 23, 2012

This week Ashland University students and faculty crowded around computers all around campus to watch the women’s basketball team battle for their position in the NCAA Final Four. The women’s team is a big deal and gives all AU students something to be proud of. For the first time in a long time, AU...

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By Justine Ackerman

March 23, 2012

SAN ANTONIO — As the two teams stood on the court, huddled together before the beginning of the Final Four game in San Antonio, the letters “A-U” already rang out from the crowd. Almost everyone in the stands was wearing purple and terrible towels with the Ashland University logo on them flapped w...

Eagles keep dancing in National Championship

Press Conference 1

By Chris Bils

March 23, 2012

SAN ANTONIO — Great players play great in big games. Never was that saying truer than in Ashland’s 77-62 victory over Bentley in the NCAA Division II Women’s Final Four in San Antonio. The win propels the Eagles into the national championship game, which will be 8 p.m. Friday against Shaw (N.C.). Junior All-American forward Kari Daugherty tied a career high with 31 points, grabbed 22 rebounds – one shy of tying a tournament record – and dished out six assists while senior guard Jena Stutzman had 22 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Eagles. Stutzman started the game on fire, scoring seven points and dishing out an assist in transition before the first media timeout as Ashland took a 15-2 lead. The Eagles were looking good, and after Daugherty scored eight points over a span of just over three minutes they led 33-13 with 6:33 to play in the first half. Just as Bentley did in an 18-point comeback against nationally-ranked no. 1 Wayne State (Neb.), the Falcons fought back to within five before the half was over. Just when it looked like the momentum was shifting Bentley’s way, Stutzman made one of the defining plays of her career. She held the ball between the center circle and the 3-point line as the clock wound down at the end of the first half. “I was going to try to get some penetration and just try to get a jump shot off or a dish to the post, but then she backed off me so I was like, ‘Ooh, I’m just gonna let it fly,’” Stutzman said. The ball flew straight through the bottom of the net for three points that put the Eagles up 38-30 going into halftime and did a lot to raise their morale going into the second half. “That was huge going into halftime,” Daugherty said. “It really gave us the momentum going into the second half.” Bentley opened the second half with two quick baskets that cut the lead to four and would cut it to three (40-37) with just under two minutes gone. That would be as close as the Falcons would come, however. The Eagles used stingy defense, a rebounding edge of 11 and – as always – excellent free throw shooting (14 of 16) to hold off another Bentley comeback. “I think one great thing about our team is that we never get shaken,” Stutzman said. “We never get down, we’re confident in each other, we’re always huddling on the floor, we’re always saying ‘defense and rebounding, defense and rebounding’ because you can’t win games trading baskets with a team.” The Eagles also got big shots on the offensive end from players other than Stutzman and Daugherty, especially once the Falcons began pouring players onto Daugherty when she caught the ball in the post. She repeatedly found the open player, leading to clutch shots from junior forward Beth Mantkowski, sophomore guard Alyssa Miller and sophomore forward Ashley Dorner. “Alyssa and Ashley and everyone relocated to a spot where it was easy to hit them,” Duagherty said. It wasn’t that hard, all I had to do was turn and they were right there and they were able to knock down some shots. “It was just a great overall team game. We could not have beaten a team of that caliber without everyone playing their best basketball.” Miller finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists, Dorner had ten points and four rebounds and Mantkowski had two points and two rebounds in ten minutes. With just over three minutes left and the Eagles up by 10, Daugherty hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. On Ashland’s next possession, Stutzman hit another “3” from the exact same spot and just like that the game was out of reach. The focus now shifts to the national championship. Just like Ashland, Shaw has never won a national title. That will change come Friday night. No matter what happens, however, there is only one player who will be playing her last game in an Ashland uniform. “This has been our goal all year, and I feel so blessed to get to play my last game in the national championship,” Stutzman said. “I couldn’t ask for a better team and better coaches, and it’s an amazing feeling.”

Memorabe Moments: March 12 vs. Wisconsin-Parkside

By Chris Bils

March 14, 2012

The 2011-12 Ashland women’s basketball season has been one to remember. Currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, the team has won 31 straight games and shows no signs of slowing down. Over the past two weeks, the Eagles have won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Midwest Regi...