January 24, 2018: Is Ashland University’s Women’s Basketball Team the Greatest of All Time?

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A Brief History

On January 24, 2018, the Ashland Eagles women’s basketball team representing Ashland University in Division II college basketball is keeping up the momentum of their terrific National Championship 2016-2017 season by posting a national best record of 19 wins and 0 losses in the 2017-2018 regular season so far. Marching toward another National Championship, the Eagles have run up a Division II record 56 wins in a row going back to last year and have 9 regular season games to go this year before the playoffs start.

Digging Deeper

On March 24, 2017, Ashland’s basketball ladies completed a 37 win, 0 loss perfect season by winning the Division II National Championship. This year we hope to see a repeat of that previous incredible feat, and as difficult as such an accomplishment is, the fact is that another perfect season and another championship are actually expected!

On the way to the 2018 playoffs, the Eagles have scored an unprecedented 101.5 points per game, while allowing only 63.1 points per game, a winning margin averaging 38.4 points per game! This team is a team of sharpshooters, with a team field goal percentage of 51.5% and a 3 point field goal score of 39.3%, incredibly accurate shooting for a team over a season. They also plop in free throws at a creditable 83.7% rate, while snagging 40 rebounds per game and dishing out 24.5 assists per game, a real measure of the teamwork involved in their success.

For a comparison, no Division I Women’s team is averaging more than 90.4 ppg and only one has a (slightly) better field goal percentage. No Division I team has a better winning margin, nor does any Division I team match Ashland in assists per game.

The Ashland women play basketball so well that any thought of playing a talking game or resorting to rough tactics are so unnecessary and un-thought of as to be ridiculous. They are a team of sportswomen of the highest order, wonderful young ladies that are a fine example to high school girl athletes and a credit to their university and the Ashland Community. We are so proud of them!

We wish the Eagles good luck and are rooting for them to win another National Championship. Congratulations on a fine season so far and thank you for the excellent entertainment!

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About Author

Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.