A 10-10 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was enough for the UW-Parkside women’s basketball team to get an invite to the postseason party.

But now that the Rangers are there, the hill they have to climb is a big one.

Parkside (12-14, 10-10) drew the seventh seed in the GLIAC Tournament and travels to Ashland (Ohio) this afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal matchup.

Ashland brings a 26-2 overall record into the contest and closed the conference season at 18-2, with its only two losses coming to top-seeded Grand Valley State.

The Eagles are ranked seventh in Division II.

In two games this season between Parkside and Ashland, the Eagles came out on top in both with a 108-69 decision Jan. 10, followed by a 70-60 victory Feb. 16.

Heading into today’s quarterfinal, the Rangers boast three women in double figures, led by Blair Arthur (12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 36 3-pointers), followed by Ali Bettencourt (12.1 points, 37 3-pointers) and Carolina Rahkonen (12 points, 4.1 rebounds, 37 3-pointers).

Shelby Cheston has led the Rangers in the two games with Ashland at 14 points a game, while Rahkonen has averaged 13.

Ashland has four players in double figures and is led by Jodi Johnson’s 18.5 points a game.

In other quarterfinal matchups today, eighth-seeded Wayne State travels to top-seeded Grand Valley, fifth-seeded Ferris State plays at fourth-seeded Northern Michigan and sixth-seeded Northwood plays at third-seeded Michigan Tech.

The Parkside-Ashland winner will play the winner of Northwood-Michigan Tech in a semifinal Saturday. The GLIAC championship game will be played Sunday at a yet-to-be-determined site.

Dan Truttschel

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