No. 1 Ashland rolls past Findlay 72-41; Ramsey hits career win No. 400
Thursday night at Kates Gymnasium, the well-fortified Eagles came out of the locker room and scored the game's first 20 points on the way to a 72-41 victory against Findlay. This comes on the heels of Saturday's game at Malone where AU wiped out a one-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Pioneers 20-3 in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Oilers (11-4/8-3) didn't score until Alyssa Grevenkamp hit a 3-pointer 5:32 into the game. At halftime, Ashland led 43-20. The final score was AU 72, Findlay 41. That's a 31-point margin of victory against the team that is in second place in the GLIAC South Division.
"[Thursday night] was all about defense," AU head coach Sue Ramsey said. "We were pinpoint on everything we wanted to do."
The 41 points allowed ties the season low – the Eagles also held Lake Superior State to 41 points. Findlay (11-4/8-3) is the fifth team this season Ashland has held below 50 points.
The win gives AU an 18-0 record, 11-0 in GLIAC play. This was the 400th victory of Ramsey's career. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the nation, have won 43 consecutive regular season games and have a 31-game home winning streak. The Eagles have won 32 consecutive GLIAC regular season games.
Now comes the lone bit of bad news for the night. Senior forward Kari Daugherty hobbled off the court late in the first half with a knee injury. Daugherty finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes. Her streak of consecutive double-doubles came to an end at 34 games. That's the NCAA Division II record.
Even without Daugherty, the Eagles played suffocating defense against the Oilers. AU out-rebounded the visitors 44-37 and led in second chance points 11-5. Findlay shot 26.7 percent (16-of-60) from the floor and 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from 3-point range. No one from Findlay could break into double digits in scoring. Kayla Brown and Grevenkamp paced the team with eight points each.
All five starters scored in double digits for AU. Senior forward Daiva Gerbec has always played well against Findlay and this game was no exception – she finished with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Senior guard Lindsay Tenyak had 16 points (4-for-9 on 3-pointers). Junior guard Alyssa Miller scored 14 points and sophomore guard Taylor Woods contributed 13 points. Miller and Tenyak were particularly active on defense and Miller completed an impressive line with six assists and two blocked shots. She was 5-for-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
Ashland connected on a season-high 12 treys (in 27 attempts, 44.4 percent). Tenyak had four triples and Woods had three.
That opening 20-point run included five points and a steal by Tenyak, five points from Daugherty and five points, a blocked shot and an assist from Miller. Findlay went 0-for-9 from the field with three turnovers in that stretch. Findlay had 16 turnovers for the game, 10 in the first half.