Grenadiers Pull Away From Eagles in Second Half
New Albany, Ind. - A second half surge by Indiana Southeast proved to be the difference as Asbury's women fell to the Grenadiers 54-77 on Saturday night. Asbury was down by eight at half and cut it to five on two occasions but IUS slowly but surely pulled away for good. The Eagles held the lead two times in the first half at 14-13 and 16-15.
Asbury (7-10, 1-3 KIAC) continues to struggle as they have now lost three straight and six of eight. The Eagles fall three games under .500 for the first time all season. Dorian Downs (Elizabethtown, Ky.) led Asbury with 11 points and Laura Carroll (Paintsville, Ky.) added 10. Lakin Griffith (Sandy Hook, Ky.) nearly had her second double-double of the season with nine points and nine rebounds.
Asbury shot only 35% from the floor while the Grenadiers connected on 43%. IUS got hot from beyond the three-point line in the second half as they knocked down eight of their 11 threes after the intermission. IUS finished at 39% from three while Asbury connected on only four-of-15. Both teams struggled from the free throw line as the Eagles made 12-of-20 and the Grenadiers made 14-of-24.
IUS has traditionally pounded the Eagles on the glass but Asbury held their own pulling down 40 rebounds compared to 42 for the Grenadiers. It was a complete team effort for Asbury as 12 of the 13 players that played grabbed a rebound.
The Eagles will return home to host Brescia University on Tuesday January 26th in the first game of a double-header. The women will play at 6:00 pm and the men will follow directly afterwards. This will be the first meeting between the Eagles and Bearcats on the hardwood since 1998 as Brescia drops down to NAIA Division II this year and plays a full KIAC slate.