No. 2 Ashland flexes muscle against?TU

Ashland, the No. 2 team in Division II, is capable of putting up some numbers that are, frankly, jarring.

In Saturday’s game at Tiffin University, the Eagles had three players put up some remarkable statistics in a 77-46 win over the Dragons.

It started with Kari Daugherty.


In the first 4:44 of the contest, the Eagles had scored 10 points.

All of them came from Daugherty. After Tiffin’s Melissa Gilliland opened the game’s scoring with a layup, the Ashland (27-1, 20-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) senior went on a 10-0 run by herself, hitting a jumper, layup and a pair of 3-pointers.

Daugherty was injured when the teams met last month in Ashland. The Eagles rolled without her, 87-47. But as Saturday showed, Ashland can be lethal with Daugherty in the lineup.

“She was the Division II Player of the Year last year, and she’s coming off a knee injury,” said Ashland coach Sue Ramsey. “We’re trying to limit her minutes, but her productivity hasn’t missed a beat.”

Daugherty had 26 of Ashland’s 38 first half points. With the game well in hand by the half, Daugherty added just two points to her game-high total after the break.

“(Daugherty’s) a phenomenal player,” Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said. “She’s a Division I athlete.”

Daiva Gerbec picked right up where her teammate left off, dominating offensively and on the boards. She finished with 19 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.

“Daiva is a tremendous presence on the floor,” Ramsey said. “She’s an unbelievable rebounder, and what she does with that statistic is unbelievable.”

Then there was Ashland’s Alyssa Miller, who scored 10 points.

But the big number for her came in assists. She dished out 15 of the Eagles’ 26. Tiffin as a team had two less (13) than Miller.

“She sees the floor so well, and she’s an extremely unselfish player,” Ramsey said.

Despite the loss, Tiffin had some big numbers, too.

It started with Jessica Harris, who came into Saturday needing five points to reach 1,000 for her career. She reached the mark on a free throw in the first half.

Harris and two other Dragons – Stephanie Kelly and Melissa Gilliland – played their final home game Saturday. Kelly led the Dragons with 14 points, while Harris had 13 rebounds to go with seven points.

Gilliland finished with four points.

Harris said it was tough against the Eagles.

“They’re a really good team,” Harris said. “They have so many options. I feel like, subbing in and out, (the level of play) never falls down.”

Tiffin (11-14, 8-13) was able to stay close to Ashland for a while in the first quarter. Mary Kate Campbell’s basket with 12:57 left cut Ashland’s lead to 15-14, and the Dragons trailed just 21-17 after a Macy Bird jumper with 7:52 on the clock.

But a 17-5 run by Ashland the rest of the half put the Eagles in control for good.

“With the way we came out today, I’m pleased with that,” Oswald said. “We didn’t back down in any way, shape or form, and we played really hard.”