After a trip to the Division II national championship game a season ago, the Ashland University women’s basketball team is off to another fast start.
The No. 1-ranked Eagles have made it look easy en route to a 13-0 record, which has included wins over ranked programs Indianapolis (No. 5), Gannon (No. 15) and Grand Canyon (No 13).
With the loss of just of one player from a team that lost to Shaw (N.C) 88-82 in overtime of the national title game, this year’s team is poised to bring some more March basketball excitement to Ashland.
In the middle of all that success are former Wadsworth standouts Lindsay Tenyak and Taylor Woods.
The former Gazette MVPs played integral roles in the Eagles’ run to the national final in 2011-12 and have been factors again this winter.
Tenyak, a senior guard, is averaging 8.4 points in 13 games, along with shooting .494 from 3-point range in 13 starts.
Fellow guard Woods was averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 assists in 10 games before sustaining a concussion. She is expected to return soon.
Ashland, which has won 38 consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season, will return to the court after a two-week layoff Thursday when it travels to Northern Michigan. The Eagles return home on Jan. 17, when they entertain rival Findlay.
Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) netted a career-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with five rebounds and a pair of blocks as Akron edged Princeton 62-58. The win was the 300th for Zips coach Keith Dambrot.
l A 27-point night from Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) wasn’t enough as Hiram saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 99-87 loss to Ramapo (N.J.) at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas. Sheppard was 10-of-20 shooting from the field, which included five 3-pointers. Earlier in the week, Sheppard had 18 points and four assists in a win over Hendrix (Ark.). Starting forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) pulled down seven rebounds.
l Behind 21 points from guard Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name), Baldwin Wallace won its fourth straight game with a 74-57 triumph over King’s (Pa.). Kyle Payne (Brunswick) chipped in 11 points and had seven rebounds.
Sophomore center Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) had eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in her first start for Cumberlands (Ky.), but they weren’t enough as the Patriots fell 59-53 to Concordia (Neb.). Forsythe is in her first season with the NAIA school after transferring from American University.
l Dev King (Medina) had 13 points and seven rebounds as No. 21 Georgetown College defeated Belhaven 76-70 at the Huntington College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
l Senior Jackie Cook (Hinckley Township resident/Regina) netted 10 of her 16 points in the second half as Old Dominion downed South Carolina State 79-63. It marked the 10th time in 11 games that Cook has scored in double figures.
Former Brunswick standout Boomer Fechko is in first season as a volunteer assistant for Bloomsburg University (Pa.). The Huskies are off to a fast start with a 7-2 dual record, along with a tournament title at the Brute Invitational and a third-place showing at the PSAC Championships. Prior to coming to Bloomsburg, Fechko had stops as a graduate assistant at Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) and as head coach at Quincy High School (Calif.).
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