Eagles Snap Streak
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – Asbury couldn’t hold on to a three-point halftime lead in falling at Alice Lloyd 83-74 on Tuesday night. The Eagles were out-rebounded 52-32 in the game and gave up 18 second chance points.
Asbury (11-10, 4-1 KIAC) went cold in the second half. After hitting on 16-of-32 in the first half the Eagles didn’t score for the first four minutes in the second half. They wound up shooting 34% in the second half and 42% for the game.
The Eagles came into the game as the third best free-throw shooting team in the NAIA II at 77.2% but on Tuesday made only 17-of-31. They also struggled from beyond the arc, making only five-of-22. They came in making eight a game and shooting nearly 36%, both top ten marks in the nation.
Alice Lloyd (6-17, 3-2 KIAC) would build an 11-point lead in the second half and Asbury could only cut it down to five in final three minutes. Alice Lloyd would make 24-of-32 free throws including seven-of-eight in the final minute. Ariel Nickell led five players in double figures with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Courtney Crowder also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Trenia Barbee led Asbury with 19 points on eight-of-13 shooting. Barbee also pulled downed a team-high eight boards. Ellen Gray scored 18 points despite making only two-of-10 three-point attempts. She would hit eight-of-10 free throws. Lakin Griffith and Laura Carroll were also in double digits with 15 and 14 points respectively. Carroll would hand out five assists and grab seven rebounds.
The Eagles will head to New Albany, Ind. on Thursday for a rematch with Indiana Southeast. Asbury beat the then No. 25 Grenadiers back on January 14 at the Luce Center. Thursday’s game will tip at 7 pm.