Eagles Ranked No. 2 in Nation; Host Regional Tournament

For the second straight year the nationally ranked women’s basketball team hosted the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Final Four. And for the second straight year the Eagles came away conference champions. The Eagles disposed of Northern Michigan University 68-35 in the quarterfinals before handling Michigan Tech University and the University of Findlay, 81-68 and 68-49, respectively, over the weekend. The win over Findlay provided a bit of revenge as the Oilers handed AU its only loss of the season on Feb. 14.

Next up, the 31-1 Eagles, who are ranked No. 2 in the nation, will host the NCAA Division II Regional tournament for the second straight year beginning Friday.

Ashland will play Indianapolis in a first round game on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. The teams played this year on Dec. 14, in Indianapolis and the Eagles won, 70-54. With a win on Friday, AU will play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The championship game will be on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
Other first round games on Friday have Kentucky Wesleyan playing Michigan Tech, Findlay meeting Wayne State and Wisconsin-Parkside squaring off against Lewis. A year ago, AU and Wisconsin-Parkside met in the regional championship game. For ticket information, please contact the athletic office at 419.289.5441.

The regional champion will play in the Elite Eight at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas, March 26-27, 29.

For more information on Ashland University athletics and to listen to Friday’s game live, visit www.goashlandeagles.com.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###