Ashland University's women's basketball team finished the pre-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference portion of the 2018-19 schedule with a 118-62 win over Slippery Rock on Sunday (Nov. 25) on the second and final day of the AU Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Eagles are 5-0 going into conference play, while The Rock is 2-4.
"I was very proud of our girls' effort. If we are growing every game, that's all I can ask of them," said Ashland head coach Kari Pickens. "I thought we did that today."
Ashland's 118 points are 10 shy of the program record for a single game (128 vs. Alderson Broaddus on Nov. 12, 2016), and Sunday marks the 21st time since the start of last season that the Eagles reached triple figures. AU made 17 3-point field goals, one short of the team mark set last season at Northwood.
Sunday's victory also was the Eagles' 798th all-time – two away from them becoming the 15th NCAA Division II women's hoops program to win 800 times.
THE TOP TEN
1. Continuing the weekend's trend of balanced AU scoring, six Eagles reached double digits – junior guard/forward Jodi Johnson (22), junior forward Sara Loomis (19), sophomore forward Karlee Pireu (18), freshman guard Hallie Heidemann (13), senior guard Brooke Smith (11) and senior guard Maddie Dackin (10). Loomis added a career-high 17 rebounds, as the Eagles had a 59-31 boards advantage.
"Our rebounding effort was phenomenal," Pickens said. "I'm a big believer that rebounding is all about a mentality, and that if you want the rebound, you're going to go get it. I didn't have to yell 'rebound' as much today."
2. Johnson now has 1,236 points, two away from tying Alanna Buurma for 12th place on Ashland's all-time scoring list.
3. Ashland dished out 27 assists on 39 made field goals, giving the Eagles 53 helpers in the two weekend tournament games, and at least 21 assists in three of the last four outings. Junior guard Renee Stimpert dished out 11 assists, giving her 20 for the weekend. AU shot 54.9 percent from the field, and 48.6 percent from downtown.
4. Defensively, The Rock was held to 28.4-percent shooting from the floor, and a 5-for-24 showing from beyond the arc. Ashland turned 15 Slippery Rock turnovers into 20 points.
5. The Eagles have won 42 straight games at The Kates, two away from tying the program mark of 44 originally set from Feb. 3, 2011-Nov. 9, 2013.
6. Ashland scored five points in the game's first 54 minutes, forcing a Slippery Rock timeout. The end of the first quarter found the Eagles on top, 28-13, as they assisted seven times on 10 made field goals, and kept The Rock to 6-of-18 shooting from the floor.
7. By the halftime break, Ashland had its highest-scoring half of the young season, and led, 58-21. Four Eagles had scored in double figures in the first 20 minutes – Johnson, Loomis and Pireu with 11 points each, and Dackin with 11. Ashland's rebounding advantage was an impressive 28-12, and The Rock was kept to 9-of-32 shooting from the field and 0-of-9 from beyond the arc.
8. The Eagles capped off the victory by going on a 23-5 run in the first six-plus minutes to extend their lead to 81-26.
9. For Slippery Rock, Brooke Hinderliter led the offensive effort with 18 points.
10. In Sunday's first game, Wayne State outlasted Missouri S&T in overtime, 70-67.
The start of 2018-19 GLIAC play on Thursday (Nov. 29) at 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Lake Superior State (3-2).