ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland put Maryville (Mo.) on lock down in Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament game.

With 16:42 left in the first half, the Saints were ahead, 5-2. The Eagles scored the game's next 21 points to take a 21-5 lead. Maryville never recovered and the Eagles, won their 29th consecutive game, 87-62.

The Eagles missed their first four shots and seemed to be struggling to get in the flow of the game.

 Jena Stutzman was the top-scorer in the game with 29 points.

The Eagles led at the break, 47-25 and shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field in the first half.

The AU defense caused some high anxiety for the Saints. After hanging close for a few minutes, the Eagles took away Maryville's outside presence and shut down everything inside.  Ashland also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Saints, 42-31.

Kari Daugherty led the Eagles' rebounding attack with 11 boards. She was not alone on the glass, getting help from Alyssa Miller (six rebounds) and Lindsay Tenyak (five rebounds). Miller had six rebounds and Tenyak grabbed five missed shots. Miller also had four blocks and five assists.

The Saints’ Shelby Miller was not herself due to illness. She averaged 13.1 ppg. during the season, but played nine minutes on Friday and did not score.

JoAnn Thompson led Maryville with 15 points. Erica Lorton came off the bench to score 10 points in 15 minutes. Abby Duethman, who entered the game averaging 15.7 ppg., and 8.7 rpg., was limited to four points and seven rebounds.