Ashland rolls by Alaska-Anchorage
Eagles extend win streak to 32 games with rout of Seawolves
SAN ANTONIO -- Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey and her team have preached a "one game at a time" mentality all season. It helps keep things in perspective while in the midst of a 31-game winning streak.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles used that mentality to win their 32nd consecutive game by downing Alaska-Anchorage 71-51 at Bill Greehey Arena.
Senior guard Jena Stutzman scored 18 points and junior guard Lindsay Tenyak added 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers.
The Eagles (32-1) were 9-for-16 from 3-point range in the game and shot 48 percent (24-for-50) overall.
The Seawolves (30-5) were held to just 51 points and had a season-low 23 points at halftime. UAA shot just 31.7 percent (20-for-63) from the field.
"We just focus on the things that we can control, which is our defense and rebounding, and we used those in the win," Ramsey said.
Alaska-Anchorage, the only team ranked higher ofensively than Ashland left in the tournament, jumped out to an early 6-2 advantage, but AU quickly erased that and turned it into an 18-8 lead.
Tenyak hit three of her five 3-pointers in the first half as she led the Eagles with 11 points at the break.
"I want to thank my teammates for their passes. Alyssa [Miller] looks right at me on the skip passes," Tenyak said. "We found out during shootaround that it's a shooter's gym and our shots were falling."
After UAA's opening salvo, the Eagles frustrated the Seawolves defensively. All-American Hanna Johansson had 13 of her team's 23 first-half points on 5-for-10 shooting. She was 1-for-6 in the second half and finished with 17 points.
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"In the first half, they were physical with us. We talked at halftime about needing to be stronger," junior forward Kari Daugherty said. "Their motto was to be as physical as they could with us."
Daugherty finished with 14 points (4-for-10) and 13 rebounds for her 16th consecutive double-double.
After Alaska-Anchorage cut the AU lead to 43-40 in the second half, the Eagles used suffocating defense to force turnovers and missed baskets, allowing Ashland to get into its transition offense. AU used that offense to flip a 17-2 run and put the game out of reach.
Kaci Finfrock hit a 3-pointer in that stretch as did Tenyak to help the Eagles from long range. Finfrock finished with six points and handed out two assists.
The Seawolves actually out-rebounded the Eagles 39-32 for the game and pulled down 17 offensive rebounds -- a season-high for an AU opponent.