Carroll's Explosion Leads Eagles Past Alice Lloyd
WILMORE, Ky. – Laura Carroll scored 21 of her game-high 32 in the first half as the Eagles defeated Alice Lloyd 82-72 on Thursday evening. Alice Lloyd was previously atop the KIAC and now fall back into a four-way-tie in the loss column with Asbury, Brescia and Point Park.
Carroll took over at the end of the first half, scoring 14 straight points for the Eagles over the final six minutes. She finished 13-of-26 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line. Her missed free throw is her first January 5, breaking a streak of 26 consecutive made free throws. She’s leading NAIA II with a season percentage of 95.2. Carroll also had three assists and four steals on Thursday. This is her third career 30-point game and first since February 2011 against Alice Lloyd.
Asbury (16-7, 5-3 KIAC) overcame an early deficit to take a 41-36 lead into the half. Asbury shot 44-percent from the floor in the first half and ALC shot 45-percent. The Eagles failed to make a three-pointer in the first half but made 3-of-6 in the second half. Alice Lloyd shot 2-of-17 from three-point range in the second half, partly due to a 11-of-33 mark in the second half.
Lakin Griffith recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Trenia Barbee just missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Eagles flexed their muscle on the glass, grabbing 47 rebounds to 38 for Alice Lloyd. Kelli Rinehart and Kylee Gorby each grabbed nine rebounds. Rinehart snagged six offensive boards, part of 19 for the Eagles.
Asbury has won three straight and five of their last six after a three game slide to close out 2012. The Eagles will head down to Pippa Passes on February 7. Asbury will head to St. Louis, Mo. to battle St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Saturday. St. Louis Pharmacy is currently 1-11 overall and 0-4 in the KIAC.
Asbury, Alice Lloyd, Point Park and Brescia are all tied in the loss column with three each. Point Park moves into first in the KIAC with a 10-3 mark, followed by ALC at 7-3 and Asbury and Brescia at 5-3 each. The Eagles still control their own destiny and can claim at least a share of the regular season title if they win out.