The Ashland women's basketball team continued its historic run Monday night in the DII Women's Elite Eight and surpassed Connecticut's single-season point record. The record, set in 2015, was 3,481 points. Ashland is now at 3,500 points with at least one guaranteed game remaining.
Here are some of the most remarkable numbers posted by Ashland. These are not misprints:
The Eagles have scored 3,500 points in 35 games. A perfect 100.0 points-per-game, the first women's basketball team to average triple-digits over a season in any division. UConn set the record in 2015, but the Huskies did it in 39 games, averaging 89.3 points per game. Ashland has outscored its opponents by 1,409 points this season. UConn? The Huskies had a 1,585-point margin of victory. Ashland's largest margin of victory in this record-setting season was 73 points. UConn's was 65.
Laina Snyder led the way, scoring a team-best 686 points. Amongst those 686 points was Snyder's 2,000th, becoming just the second Eagle in history to notch 2,000 points. Now at 2,256, Snyder has the most in program history. Andi Daugherty has 472 points this season, leaving her 12 points shy of 2,000 in her illustrious career. She's averaging 14.8 per game, so it is almost a lock that Daugherty gets the mark in the semifinals. Don't forget about Jodi Johnson's 669 points. The sophomore broke out in a big way this season, earning DII National Player of the Year honors.
Ashland's record-setting winning streak is now at 72 games. That is 21 wins better than Washburn's previous DII women's basketball record set 12 seasons ago. It is also 15 wins better than the Winona State men's record set in 2007. No team in DII has ever won as many games in a row as Ashland.
How does Ashland compare with everyone else?
The DIII men's record has already been eclipsed, as the Eagles are 12 games better than SUNY Potsdam's 60-win mark set back in 1987. Who is next on Ashland's list?
- 81 -- Washington-St. Louis (DIII women's basketball), 1998-2001
- 88 -- UCLA men's basketball, 1971-74
- 111 -- UConn women's basketball, 2014-17
Should Ashland roll to its second consecutive national championship, the Eagles will open 2018 needing 37 wins to tie the overall record. Take a wild guess at just how many games Ashland plays in a season.
Head coach Robyn Fralick has had a nice start to her head coaching career. After winning a national championship with Ashland as the top assistant coach to Sue Ramsey, Fralick began her own chapter in the Eagles' history books, and it is quickly becoming its own volume. She won a national championship in just her second season and hasn't lost since.
Robyn Fralick is the U.S. Marine Corps/WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year!— Ashland University Eagles (@goashlandeagles) March 18, 2018
She has wins and a national title as the coach of the Eagles! pic.twitter.com/ATREKyqOoS
Fralick is a ridiculous 103-2. She is an even more absurd 61-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Her last conference loss was on February 4, 2016, a 69-58 road loss to Walsh.
Ashland not only scores a record-setting amount of points, the Eagles are unselfish in doing so.
The Eagles 24.3 assists-per-game not only leads DII women's basketball by 4.2 per game, it leads all of women's college basketball at every level. The number is better than every other team in college basketball, men's or women's, aside from Greenville's DIII men's leading 24.9.
Sophomore Renee Stimpert is the floor general, setting the Ashland single-season record for assists with 228. Her 147 assists in GLIAC play is also the single-season record. It's scary to think that despite Snyder and Daugherty ending their storied careers this season Ashland still has some pretty elite talent on campus for the foreseeable future.
The entire country is now in on Ashland's record-setting streak. The numbers are simply awe-inspiring, with offensive records shattering every time the Eagles take the court. But they can play defense, too.
Jodi is the WBCA Division II National Player of the Year! She is the second AU player to ever win the award! pic.twitter.com/GL61BtJV2g— Ashland University Eagles (@goashlandeagles) March 18, 2018
Ashland thrives in the transition game, and the spark plug behind it is Jodi Johnson. Her 3.91 assists led DII, and her 90 GLIAC steals on the season tied a conference record. The reigning GLIAC freshman of the year had one of the biggest breakouts in the division. Johnson can score, board and dish it out with the best of them, but what she can do on the defensive side may be most important to the Eagles' championship aspirations. Her eight steals in the Elite Eight paced the Eagles 18-point victory.