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Ashland Athletics | December 13, 2017

Ashland maintains No. 1 poll spot for record 17th straight time

  Jodi Johnson drives to the hole for undefeated Ashland.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, Ashland women's basketball reached the full-calendar year mark as the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II.


In the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Coaches' Poll, the Eagles (10-0, 4-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) are the top-ranked team in the nation for a poll-record 17th consecutive time in the regular season/postseason, and the 18th time in a row overall – a streak which began on Dec. 13, 2016.

  • Ashland occupies the No. 1 spot in the WBCA poll in the regular season/postseason for the 29th time, fourth-most in the history of the poll, trailing only North Dakota (37), North Dakota State (33) and Cal Poly Pomona (32).
  • The Eagles are the unanimous top-ranked team in the country for the 21st time, preseason and in-season.
  • The latest WBCA poll gives Ashland the longest active regular-season/postseason streak for a DII women's basketball team in the top five at 21.
  • Playing as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, both in preseason and in-season polls, the Eagles have an all-time record of 62-1. The official DII women's basketball poll started in 1982-83.
  • Ashland is one of two nationally-ranked GLIAC teams, along with Michigan Tech (No. 15).

The Eagles will finish the pre-Christmas part of their 2017-18 schedule on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Tiffin and Monday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Indianapolis. Ashland starts the weekend with a 47-game winning streak, third-best in the history of NCAA Division II women's basketball. Washburn won 51 straight games from Jan. 26, 2005-March 11, 2006, and North Dakota State won 49 consecutive games from Feb. 25, 1994-Dec. 15, 1995.


Weeks in rankings: 74

Weeks in Top 10: 58

Weeks in Top 5: 51

Weeks at No. 1: 31

Most consecutive weeks in rankings: 39 (current)

Most consecutive weeks in Top 10: 33 (current)

Most consecutive weeks in Top 5: 23 (current streak is 22)

Most consecutive weeks at No. 1: 18 (current)

Highest ranking: No. 1

Highest final ranking: No. 1 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in rankings: 3 (2012-13, 2015-16 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in Top 10: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in Top 5: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Current streak: 39

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