The Athletic Department is sponsoring an Eagle Nation Celebration today at 7 p.m. in Kates Gymnasium. This event is free and open to the public and will allow everyone to honor the Ashland University women's basketball team and coaches as well as the All-Americans from the winter sports season. This event will last about an hour. The AU women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship game and lost in overtime to Shaw (N.C.).
"Eagle Nation Celebration," is free to all Ashland University fans. In addition to the women's basketball team, the school will recognize some of the student-athletes who have helped make this one of the most successful winter sports seasons in school history. Track and field's Ryan Loughney (Grahamsville, N.Y./Tri-Valley) won his second consecutive national title indoors and swimming's Julie Widmann (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) won the first individual national championship of her career. Student-athletes will also be recognized from wrestling and men's basketball. The Kates Gymnasium concession stand will be open and the Ashland University Bookstore will have merchandise to sell, including the new white women's basketball shirt with the "twitter" site on the front and "Proud to be an Eagle" and Lady Eagles Basketball on the back.