#1 Lady Eagles Turn A Love For The Game Into Dominance

  • 1/9/2017 10:09:57 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

ASHLAND, OH- For a second straight season, the Ashland University Women's Basketball Team is still undefeated over halfway through the regular season. The Lady Eagles are 16-0 on the campaign and ranked #1 in the nation for NCAA Division II squads.

The purple and gold got off to a 21-0 start last season under head coach Robyn Fralick who is now a ridiculous 47-2 overall in her second season running the program. Though many of moving parts are still the same for this year's version of the Lady Eagles, the addition of quality freshman contributors has changed the way A.U. functions schematically. 

"We're a really different team," says Fralick. "Foundationally we're not, but player-wise we are. What feels different is we play so  aggressive, which, the games feel different because of that."

The Lady Eagles new attacking style of play begins with full-court pressure where they are forcing opponents into nearly 25 turnovers a game, the fifth most in the country. But offensively is where A.U. has been completely dominant, scoring almost 95 points per game (2nd in nation) on a nation-leading 51% shooting from the field while handing out 25 assists per contest, the most of any team in the country. The Lady Eagles aren't just beating the opposition, though, they're destroying competitors by nearly 35 ppg, by far the best in America. Fralick says the margin of victory isn't their focus, however, but rather how they perform throughout each week. 

"What wins over the course of a long season is consistency and competitiveness," Fralick says. "It's really not about our opponent, it's about what are we bringing, what we are bringing to practice every day, what are we bringing to the games. Are we consistently competing? Are we consistently improving? Those are the things we're really pouring into."

Fralick believes her team is checking all the boxes so far throughout the season and thinks the number one reason why is simply the player's massive love of the game.

"This group, what they've taught me is there's a big difference between liking to play and loving to play and this group, they love to play and it makes every day really, really fun," Fralick says.

A.U. will be back in action at home on Thursday for a 5:30 pm tip against GLIAC foe Ohio Dominican and will also host Hillsdale Saturday at 1 pm.  

 

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