Eagles Escape Brescia
Owensboro, Ky. - The Asbury women held on Saturday afternoon for a 55-54 victory over Brescia University. Neither team shot well from the floor as the Eagles connected on only 35% and the Bearcats on 26%. The story of the game was fouls, Asbury was whistled for 23 fouls and Brescia only seven. Brescia shot 27 free throws while the Eagles never made it to the line.
Asbury (11-12, 4-5 KIAC) was led by three players in double-figures, Lakin Griffith (Sandy Hook, Ky.) led the way with 13, and Laura Carroll (Paintsville, Ky.) and Lyndsay Figgins (Independence, Ky.) each scored 10. The Eagles came out and built a big first half lead that they carried into the break at 35-24. Brescia only made five field goals in the first half but were able to stay close while hitting 12-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Asbury relied on the long ball all day long as nine of their 23 field goals made were from beyond the arc. The Eagles hit five in the first half and four in the second. Dorian Downs led the way with three makes accounting for all her points. Courtney Albin and Figgins each hit two. Laura Carroll tallied six assists as the Eagles accounted for an assist on 13 of 23 field goals.
Lakin Griffith once again led the team in rebounding with six as the Eagles pulled down 34. Brescia was able to grab 44 led by Amelia Keller's 16. Brittany Bird had a game-high 31 points. Bird had a chance to win it for the Bearcats at the buzzer but her running left handed attempt was too hard off the glass and the Eagles escaped.
Asbury was now won two in a row and will look for their third on Tuesday February 9th when they travel to Cincinnati Christian at 6:00 pm. Asbury now sits in 5th place in the KIAC with Midway holding the tie-breaker as they beat Asbury in both meetings this year.