AU women’s basketball protects undefeated record with Christmas break wins

The Eagles downed the Panthers and Trojans in conference play


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Eagle guard Macy Spielman continues to provide a spark off the bench in the 2022-2023 season.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University women’s basketball team has continued its dominant run in Division II after downing the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers and Travecca Nazarene Trojans to start Christmas break.

On Dec. 17, the Eagles downed the Panthers, 68-47, and just two days later on Dec. 19, they took down the Trojans, 83-50. Both teams put up a strong fight, but the consistent rotation of the Eagles proved to be difficult for either to handle.

After finals at Ashland University finished on Thursday, Dec. 16, the Eagles checked out of academic mode and checked into athletics mode as they prepared to take on the Panthers.

To start the contest, the Panthers fought hard and kept the contest close ending the first quarter, 18-14 with the Eagles leading.

Unfurutnaly for the Panthers, the quick and methodical rotation of the Eagles allowed for star forward Annie Roshak to dominate and help lead the Eagles to a 14-point lead heading into halftime.

To start the second half, the Eagles led 38-24 and only built off of their previously transcribed momentum.

Forwards Hayley Smith and Annie Roshak led the third-quarter offensive production as they combined for nine of the 13 points that established a 51-38 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the bench got deeper for the Eagles as Head Coach Kari Pickens opted to give freshmen Sophia Niese and Meredith Randulic time to showcase some of their raw talents. While Niese tossed bullet passes down the court, Randulic gave an intense physical presence on every inch of the court.

The Eagles ultimately pulled away a 68-47 victory with Roshak leading the way putting up 14 points and hauling in five rebounds.

This win would improve their record to 11-0 on the season.

After taking down the Panthers, the Eagles immediately shifted their gears to take on the Trojans, another team that made a trek from down south to Ashland.

To start the first quarter of play against the Trojans on Dec. 19, the Eagles pushed the pace of play and established themselves as the pacesetter as they led 23-10 after ten minutes of play.

In the second quarter, they held the Trojans to just nine points while putting up 20. Of those 20 points, 12 would come from beyond the three-point arc as the guards rained down three-pointers.

Heading into halftime they established a 43-19 lead.

In the second half, a similar style of play would continue as the Eagles ran away with the score deficit even more.

While allowing the Trojans to add on 31 points, they would put up 37 to finish the contest with an 83-50 victory.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

They now look to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies at 5:30 P.M. at Kates Gymnasium on Dec. 29.