Game of Runs Leads to Eagles' Victory
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury scored the first 12 points of the game but had to hold on at the end for a 74-71 win over Berea on Tuesday night in the Luce Center. Asbury’s lead grew to 20 in the second half before finishing the game on a 29-12 run.
After the Eagles jumped out 12-0, Berea answered right back with a 15-0 run of their own to take their own lead. Asbury (12-17, 4-8 KIAC) responded with a 22-6 lead to take a 13 point lead. Berea again would cut into the lead and make it a five point game before the Eagles would take a 10 point halftime lead.
Berea shot 52% in the first half on their way to a 48% shooting night while Asbury shot 41% in the first half and 39% for the game. Asbury knocked down seven of their eight three pointers in the first half. Ellen Gray led all scorers with 18 points and connected on 4-of-5 threes.
A quick 16-6 run to start the second half gave Asbury their biggest lead of the game at 20, but from that point on Berea started chipping away. A made free throw with five seconds left cut the lead to three but a miss and a rebound by Dorian Downs preserved the victory for the Eagles.
Lakin Griffith recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Lyndsay Figgins added 14 points, her season-high, and Laura Carroll chipped in with 13 points and five assists. Berea was led by Emily Hinkson and Shelby Romine with 15 points each.
Asbury will close out the regular season on Thursday at Alice Lloyd, tip time is 6:00 pm. The Eagles will travel in the first round of the KIAC Tournament as the six-seed to a still un-known team.