Eagles snap skid to Clermont
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury’s women snapped a five game losing streak to Cincinnati-Clermont with a 55-49 slugfest victory on Friday night in the Zweifel/Pritchett Classic. The Eagles avenged an overtime loss to the Lady Cougars earlier in the season.
Laura Carroll led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and four assists, Carroll was plagued with foul trouble in the first match up. Lakin Griffith provided a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Griffith has recorded four double-doubles this season.
Asbury (5-8) trailed by as many as seven in the first half before closing the period on a 13-5 run to take a 25-24 halftime lead. Cincinnati-Clermont (6-5) would answer to begin the second half, taking a 30-25 lead. Their lead would climb to nine at 40-31 with 12:57 left before the Eagles went on a run of their own.
Carroll and Ellen Gray would score 13 of the Eagles’ next 15 points as the lead would change hands four times during that stretch. Lakin Griffith scored the go-ahead basket with 3:12 left. Gray finished with 12 points.
Asbury’s defense held the Lady Cougars scoreless over the final 5:47, missing their final six shots from the field and two front ends of a one-and-one. Cincinnat-Clermont shot only 36% from the field in the game and made only 5-of-18 from long range. The Eagles struggled from the field as well, shooting 38% from the floor and 24% from distance. Asbury dominated on the glass pulling down 45 rebounds to only 25 for the Lady Cougars.
Asbury will take on Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Cincinnati-Clermont will battle Kentucky Christian at 12:00 pm. Tennessee Wesleyan bean Kentucky Christian 88-69 on Friday.