Asbury Storms Back for Road Win
GRAYSON, Ky. – The Eagles came storming back in the second half to pick up their first win in three tries against Kentucky Christian, 70-64, on Friday night. The Eagles trailed by 11 at halftime and by 13 in the second half before a 14-0 run midway through the half gave the Eagles their first lead.
Senior Ellen Gray and junior Trenia Barbee each scored six points during the second-half run. Gray would finish with a game-high 23 points on six-of-10 shooting including six-of-eight from the three point line. She would also hit five-of-six free throws. Barbee finished with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
After the Eagles (14-10) took their first lead at 50-48 KCU (20-3) immediately tied it back up, but a basket by junior Lakin Griffith gave the Eagles the lead for good at 52-50. The Lady Kinghts would make it close late, closing the gap to one with 37 seconds left but the Eagles hit five-of-six free throws from there to secure the win. Griffith finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line. The Eagles connected on 15-of-20 while the Lady Knights, a 63 percent shooting team, made only eight-of-25. The Eagles also made seven-of-16 from beyond the arc while the Lady Knights hit only two-of-12 from long range. Tanya Bowens led Kentucky Christian with 15 points.
Laura Carroll also finished in double figures for the Eagles with 14 points despite shooting just five-of-19 from the floor. She also had four rebounds and four assists.
Asbury is just win away from tying the school record for wins in a season with 15 set back in the 2008-09 season. With four regular season games remaining the Eagles have secured their first .500 or better regular season in their 21st season of existence.
The Eagles will host Think Pink and Senior Day on Saturday against St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Saturday at 2 p.m.