Ashland University Women, 2013 NCAA Div. II National Champions
Coach Sue Ramsey's Ashland University's women's team fell one victory short of winning a Division II national championship in 2012 when it lost the championship game, 88-82 in overtime, to Shaw University of Raleigh, N.C., but the Eagles grabbed the elusive title the following season. After Ashland's 2011-12 squad finished 33-2, the 2012-13 Eagles put together a 37-1 record, going 20-0 on their home court. Their average margin of victory was 22.4 points. The team's best player was 6-foot-1 senior Kari Daugherty, who transferred to Ashland to be closer to her home in Fresno, Ohio, after spending two years at the University of Dayton and playing well for the Division I Flyers. Daugherty, who averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds during the regular season, missed eight games with a knee sprain. During that period, the Eagles suffered their only loss – to Findlay. In the Division II championship game, Daugherty scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Ashland defeated Dowling College of Oakdale, N.Y., 71-56.