DETROIT, Mich. — No. 9 Ashland set school records for points, 3-point field goals and tied the mark for the second-best field goal percentage in a game as it beat No. 7 Wayne State (Neb.) 112-75.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 UCSD 69, No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona 53|
|No. 9 Ashland 112, No. 7 Wayne State (Neb.) 75|
|No. 13 Arkansas Tech 76, Ouachita Baptist 66|
|No. 15 USC-Aiken 52, Montevallo 47|
The win was ninth-ranked Ashland’s 17th consecutive. AU is 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the GLIAC. The winning streak is the longest in school history.
The previous school, single-game record for points came during the 1981-82 season when the Eagles put up 108 points against John Carroll. Against Wayne State, the Eagles had 12 treys, which breaks the school mark of 11. Thursday marked the fifth time this season AU had 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. The first time this season AU played Wayne State, on Dec. 3, Ashland was 10-for-26 from 3-point range.
The Eagles shot 64.4 percentage (38-of-59) from the field on Thursday. That equals the mark AU had against Salem International in 2005. The school record for field goal percentage is 66 percent against Saint Joseph’s in 1991.
On Thursday, the Eagles also shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from three-point range and 88.9 percent (24-of-27) from the free throw line.
This isn’t the first time this season the Eagles left the locker room and burnt a defense to a crisp for 20 minutes. At Northwood on Dec. 19, the Eagles shot 65.7 percent (23-of-35) in the first half and led, 54-22 at the break.
Against Wayne State, the Eagles were in front, 66-36 after 20 minutes. AU led, 14-4 at the 15:07 mark of the first half and enjoyed a 34-12 lead with 10:06 remaining in the first half. With 4:54 to go before halftime the Eagles owned a 50-25 advantage.
Junior forward Kari Daugherty, who entered the game as the GLIAC’s leading scorer at 20.2 ppg., led all players in the game with 25 points. Daugherty made 8-of-10 field goal attempts and was 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Ashland also got 22 points from sophomore guard-forward Ashley Dorner. Dorner was 10-of-13 from the field. Daugherty and Dorner grabbed six rebounds apiece.
Junior guard Lindsay Tenyak was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points. Senior guard Jena Stutzman contributed 11 points and five assists. Freshman guard Taylor Woods came off the bench to score 17 points and collect five rebounds and junior center Beth Mantkowski scored 10 points in a relief role.
The first time these teams played Wayne State (10-9/5-7 GLIAC) pushed the Eagles for 40 minutes. AU won that game, 74-66. Since Dec. 1, that’s one of three games Ashland has won where the final margin of victory was less than 10 points. In that first matchup with WSU, the Warriors hurt the Eagles inside, running up a 30-18 edge in points in the paint and an 18-8 edge in points in the paint.
This time around, WSU led in the paint, 34-32. In second chance points, WSU outscored the Eagles, 13-4.
Paige Sickmiller led WSU with 12 points. AU did a good job of holding center Juanita Cochran in check. Cochran is one of the conference’s best inside players. The Eagles limited her to six points and three rebounds. Cochran had to make an early exit because she fouled out. She was averaging 12.7 ppg., and 10.1 rpg.