Women Rout Brescia, Move to 2nd in KIAC
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury women had little resistance in winning their fifth straight, 94-71 over KIAC foe Brescia. The five-game winning streak is tied for the season-high. The Eagles are averaging over 91 points per game during the stretch.
The Eagles (18-7, 7-3 KIAC) played for the second straight game without leading scorer Trenia Barbee but had no problem scoring. Twelve players scored on Tuesday as Laura Carroll led the way with 23 points. The senior made 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Asbury lived at the free throw line, shooting 44 free throws, making 30.
Dorian Downs filled the scoring void, knocking down five three-pointers en route to 18 points. Annissia Wood added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in her second straight start. The sophomore struggled from the floor, making only 2-of-9, but got to the line nine times, making six.
Asbury led by ten at the break, 42-32, but the lead fell down to six before an 8-0 Eagle run early in the second half provided some distance. Brescia (13-8, 6-4 KIAC) again cut the lead to seven at 52-45 with 13:40 left but Asbury responded with a 10-0 run put it out of reach.
The Eagles shot 43-percent from the floor as the Bearcats connected on 41-percent. Brescia made 3-of-17 from beyond the arc but Asbury wasn’t a lot better at 8-of-25. The big differences came at the line where the Eagles were 30-of-44 while Brescia was just 18-of-24 and in the turnover category as the Bearcats gave it up 22 times as the Eagles gave it away 12 times.
These two teams will meet again in Owensboro on February 9. The Eagles move into sole possession of second place in the KIAC at 7-3. Point Park continues to lead with a 10-3 league mark. Asbury can still claim a share of the regular season title if they win out.
The Eagles will hit the road next week, playing all three games on the road at Berea, Alice Lloyd and Brescia. Tuesday’s game at Berea will begin at 5:30pm.