No. 1 Ashland and fifth-ranked host Indianapolis were both undefeated heading into their Friday matchup. Thanks to 24 points and 13 rebounds from senior forward Kari Daugherty, 16 points and 17 rebounds from senior forward Daiva Gerbec and 12 points, six rebounds and five assists from junior guard Alyssa Miller, the Eagles came away with a 70-54 win for AU’s 36th consecutive regular-season victory.
This was the fewest points the Eagles have allowed since holding West Texas A&M to 48 points in the season opener on Nov. 9. Ashland is now 11-0 and Indianapolis is 6-1.
Starting point guard Taylor Woods was sidelined by an injury for the game so for the first time this season, AU head coach Sue Ramsey had to adjust a starting five.
Daugherty, in her second season at Ashland, stepped up and went past 1,000 career points in an NCAA-record number of games (46). She entered the game needing nine points to reach the landmark. She has now scored 1,015 points in her time at AU. The double-double was the 28th consecutive for Daugherty.
“What Kari has accomplished in a year is amazing,” Ramsey said. “It’s a tribute to how hard she works and what she puts into the team. It’s a team honor as well as a Kari Daugherty honor.”
As for the newcomer in the lineup, junior guard Noelle Yoder more than held her own. She finished with 10 points in 34 minutes, going 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
Indy scored the game’s first five points. The Eagles quickly got into the flow of things and by halftime, had a 34-24 lead. That lead stayed in double digits for much of the early part of the second half. The Greyhounds got as close as five points at 53-48 with 9:07 left in regulation, but AU scored the game’s next three points.
Miller scored 10 of her points in the second half. Throughout the 40 minutes, AU got good pressure on the perimeter. Indianapolis went 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range. AU also did an excellent job controlling All-GLVC guard Kristin Turner, limiting her to 13 points and eight assists. Guard Katy McIntosh had 19 points and five rebounds.
AU had 20 offensive rebounds compared to seven for the Greyhounds. In second chance points, AU led 18-4.
At the free throw line, the Eagles connected on 12-of-14 attempts (85.7 percent). Indianapolis got to the free throw line only eight times and made five shots (62.5 percent).
The Greyhounds entered the game second in the nation in field goal percentage defense and sixth in scoring defense. Indy normally allows 48.5 points per game. AU exceeded that, but the Greyhounds kept the Eagles far below their norm of 82 points per game.