Another day, another chance at history for the Ashland women's basketball team. The Eagles have been on a run rarely seen in women's basketball, setting and breaking program, league and division records on what seems to be a weekly basis.
Next up is the DII basketball -- men's and women's -- consecutive wins mark. This Saturday against Tiffin, the Eagles could win their 57th game in a row+, tying the mark
Ashland's streak by the numbers:
February 4, 2016 --The last road loss the Eagles suffered. Ashland lost at Walsh (Ohio) 78-64.
March 12, 2016 -- The last loss for Ashland, falling to Drury 86-60 in the Midwest Region semifinals.
1 -- The closest margin of victory over the streak. The Eagles defeated Cedarville 79-78 to move to 2-0 this season on Laina Snyder's game-winning, buzzer-beater.
2 -- Losses seniors Laina Synder and Andi Daugherty have since the 2015-16 season. The two -- who are Top 5 all-time in Ashland scoring and rebounding lore -- have started all but four games together over that span.
3 -- Games in a row that the Eagles have posted 100 or more points, one short of their own record set earlier this month. Ashland has scored 100 points 21 times during the run. To put that into perspective, Washburn -- who's DII women's basketball record the Eagles broke -- broke the century mark twice on their 51-game winning streak.
3.74 -- Steals per game for sophomore Jodi Johnson, tops in DII.
4 -- Undefeated seasons in the history of DII women's basketball. Ashland's 37-0 championship season made it the fourth, joining North Dakota State in 1995, Bentley in 2014, and Lubbock Christian in 2016. The Eagles' 37 wins were the most of any of the previous undefeated teams and second most in a single season in DII women's basketball history.
8-0 -- Record against ranked teams during the streak. The average margin of victory against some of the best in DII women's basketball, you ask? An astounding 19.9 points per win after the most recent 35-point defeat of No. 13 Michigan Tech.
18 -- 3-point shots Ashland drained in its last game for a, you guessed it, new program record. Seven different Eagles hit one from downtown with Johnson going 5-for-7 to lead the way.
18.5 -- The average margin of defeat in the Eagles last two (home and away) losses before the streak began.
22-0 -- Eagles record on the road -- which is how they will have to win next week to break the record -- during the streak. They are 5-0 on neutral sites. The Eagles have won 24 in a row (29 if counting neutral) on the road dating back before the streak started.
23 -- Consecutive No. 1 rankings for the Eagles, spanning more than an entire calendar year.
25 -- Straight non-conference wins the Eagles have posted.
33 -- Wins during the streak that have come by 30 or more points.
29 -- Consecutive home wins. The Eagles had a 30-game home winning streak snapped against Drury before the current streak began.
32.9 -- Average margin of victory during the streak. In comparison, Washburn won by 21.9 points during their record-setting run.
35 -- Assists recorded in win No. 55, tying a program record.
39 -- Steals forced in Ashland's January 13, 120-47 victory over Purdue Northwest. This was the most in DII this season and the second most in a single game in history.
44.8 -- Average margin of victory for Ashland this past December, when they played some of the best basketball during the streak. The Eagles finished 6-0, scoring no less than 95 points in any contest, while breaking the century mark four times. The Eagles are currently 6-0 in January as well, outscoring their opponents by an average of 40.8 points per game.
56 -- Wins in a row, the longest current winning streak amongst men's and women's basketball at any level.
56 straight Ws!— Ashland University Eagles (@goashlandeagles) January 20, 2018
We shot over 60 percent for the first time this season to bring our scoring average on the year to 101.4 points per game! pic.twitter.com/JuNht5fMAm
57 -- Games won in a row by the Winona State men's basketball team from January 13, 2006 to March 22, 2007.
87-2 -- The almost unimaginable record that head coach Robyn Fralick has put together to start her career. She also has an Ashland national championship as an assistant coach (2013) to go along with last season's title as a head coach.
87 -- Widest margin of victory during the streak, a November 12, 2016, 128-41 victory. The 87 points is a program record. The 128 points were the most scored by the Eagles during their winning streak, and set the program record as well.
101.5 -- Points per game the Eagles have scored in the 2017-18 season, best in DII. No NCAA women's basketball team has ever scored 100 points per game for an entire season.
121 -- The most points scored thus far in 2017-18. The 121-56 victory over Tiffin tied the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record for most points scored in a regular season game. The Eagles have scored 120 twice as well.
1000/1000 -- Laina Snyder is the first Ashland women's basketball player to record 1000 rebounds, making her the president of the 1000/1000 Club.
Laina Snyder just became the first player in Ashland University women’s basketball history to record 1,000 rebounds in a career! pic.twitter.com/rddmSVQcMr— Ashland Eagles (@goashlandeagles) January 4, 2018
The last time Ashland lost...
- Zootopia was the No. 1 film at the box office.
- Work by Rhianna was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts.
- The Walking Dead and Big Bang Theory were tops on television.
- Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points, despite the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Tim Duncan led San Antonio Spurs 93-85.
How do Tiffin and Ashland matchup? Tale of the tape:
|WBCA ranking||No. 1||NR|
|Head coach||Robyn Fralick (3rd season)||Jason Mishler (3rd season)|
|Points per game||101.5 (No. 1 in DII)||60.6|
|Points allowed per game||63.1||71.2|
|Rebounds per game||40.0||32.3|
|Assists per game||24.5 (No. 1 in DII)||11.0|
Laina Snyder continues to add to her legendary numbers at Ashland, leading the team in both points (19.7) and rebounds (7.7) per game. Sophomore Jodi Johnson has come alive in January, averaging 22.5 points per game over her last four contests. Andi Daugherty and Maddie Dackin are also scoring in double figures for the Eagles. Senior Julie Worley continues to be one of the best reserves in DII, chipping in 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game off the bench.
Ashland will hit the road for Wayne State on February 1 looking for more history should they win against Tiffin. But Saturday afternoon, all eyes of the DII women's basketball world will be on the Ohio campus watching the Eagles looking to add to this historic run.