Eagles Shake Off Slow Start To Top Sacred Heart
San Juan, PR – Asbury shook off a sluggish start to throttle Sacred Heart University in their final game in Puerto Rico, 71-46. The Eagles trailed by as much as 10 in the first half before taking a five point halftime lead at 29-24.
Asbury (8-9) shot a woeful 32% in the first half before moving inside after halftime and shooting 57%. Laura Carroll led the way with 14 points for the Eagles. Carroll also dished out six assists to lead all players. 13 different players scored a day after 14 scored against Metropolitian. Dorian Downs knocked down two threes off the bench and was the only other player in double-figures with 10.
The Eagles dominated on the glass for the second straight night, pulling down 58 total rebounds including 19 offensive. Lakin Griffith and Cari McMullen each grabbed seven boards to lead the team, McMullen doing so in only seven minutes of action. Asbury turned the ball over 29 times but swiped 16 steals.
Sacred Heart shot only 27% from the floor for the game and only 18% in the second half where they made only six field goals. 15 of their 46 points came from the free throw line and they might have stayed in the game longer had they capitalized on Asbury’s 17 second half fouls. Sacred Heart could only connect on half of their 20 second-half free throws and only 15-of-32 for the game.
Asbury will take the next two weeks off before opening up conference play on January 11th against Midway.