AU women’s basketball remains undefeated with 77-49 win

Eagles down GLIAC foe Michigan Tech to improve to 13-0 on season


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The Eagles have been led by senior forward Annie Roshak.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University women’s basketball has remained 13-0 on the season after downing the Michigan Tech Huskies in Thursday’s contest, 77-49. The victory, which dropped the Huskies to 10-3, gave the Eagles a 10 to 11 advantage in the two teams’ last 11 meetings.

In the contest, the Eagles dominated the Huskies outshooting them by an 18 percent differential from the field as they shot 50% compared to the Huskies’ 31.7 percent to finish the game.

The Eagles found an offensive rhythm as they established a six-point deficit with a 20-14 lead as the first quarter came to a close.

With an increase in offensive speed and defensive consistency, the Eagles only built upon their lead in the second quarter. While shooting 57% from the field as a team and forward Annie Roshak putting up 10 points, they welcomed back their once GLIAC foe with a blowout 1st half of play. As the first half ended, they led 41-24.

At halftime, Head Coach of the Eagles Kari Pickens felt the team performed up to her standards and that the technical pieces they set in place were executed.

Just as the first half played out, the second half followed suit.

The Eagles started off swinging as they built off of the momentum established in the second quarter with forwards Zoe Miller and Annie Roshak combining for 11 points in just the third quarter. The guards for the Eagles also established quick ball movement that set up wide-open shots for the forwards.

They then went into the final quarter with a 63-35 lead. Although they had a five-minute window, from the seven to two-minute mark that consisted of zero points scored between both teams, the Eagles would pull off the 77-49 win.

Roshak finished the game with 16 points and 4 rebounds, Miller finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Hallie Heidemann led the way defensively with three steals while she dished off eight assists. As a team, they out-rebounded the Huskies 42-31.

With an immensely deep bench and a loaded starting lineup, the No. 2 nationally ranked Eagles now shift their focus to take on the West Liberty Hilltoppers on Saturday, Dec. 31.