Eagles Dominate Grenadiers, Barbee Nears 1,000 Career Points
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Asbury quickly turned a nine-point halftime lead into a double-digit lead and ran away from Indiana Southeast on Saturday night, 101-77. The Grenadiers beat the Eagles the first 41 times the two teams met before the Eagles won two-of-three last year. The 24-point margin is the largest win for the Eagles in the series that dates back to 1995.
Trenia Barbee scored 15 of her game-high 29 in the first nine minutes of the game, finishing the first half with 17. The senior finished the game 12-of-23 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three-point range. She also grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists. Barbee finishes just seven points shy of becoming the 10th member of the 1,000 point club, joining teammates Lakin Griffith and all-time leading scorer Laura Carroll.
Barbee wasn’t the only one scoring on this night, but early on it seemed like it. Only four players scored in the first half and it wasn’t until late in the second before a fifth made a field goal. Those other three players, Lakin Grifftith, Dorian Downs and Laura Carroll each finished in double-digits. Carroll turned in her seventh 20-point game of the season. Downs connected on 5-of-6 from downtown and finished with 17 points. Griffith added her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles (14-7, 4-3 KIAC) shot an astounding 54.3-percent from the floor and connected on 15-of-24 three pointers. Their season-high is 16 made threes against Hiwassee in November. They dominated the glass, pulling in 52 rebounds compared to only 28 for IUS (10-9, 3-5 KIAC). The Grenadiers shot only 42.4-percent from the floor and made only 4-of-20 from three-point range.
These two teams will meet again in Wilmore on February 16. With the win the Eagles move into a tie with Brescia for third in the KIAC, sitting behind Alice Lloyd (7-2 KIAC) and Point Park (9-3). The Eagles split the season series with Point Park and will meet Alice Lloyd for the first time on Thursday.
Asbury’s next game will be on Tuesday as they step out of KIAC play for the last time this season to take on Kentucky Christian at 6pm. Asbury beat the Lady Knights 83-73 back in November.