Eagles Rout Midway on Senior Night
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury women’s basketball closed out the 2012-13 regular season with their 21st win, defeating Midway 93-73 on senior night in the Luce Center. All five seniors started and scored for the Eagles as a group that has scored over 5,000 career points played their final regular season game in the Luce. The Eagles will host a first round Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) tournament game on Saturday.
Trenia Barbee paced the Eagles with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 18 points after halftime. She added 10 rebounds for her team-high sixth double-double of th season. Asbury (21-9, 10-5 KIAC) overcame a slow start to close the first half on an 18-4 run that gave the Eagles a 42-32 lead at the break. Barbee scored 10 points during the stretch and Laura Carroll added six of her 14.
In the second half the Eagles pulled away, extending the lead to 29 on several different occasions. Midway (8-20, 5-10) was led by Erin Lucas’ 19 points. Midway shot only 38-percent for the game while Asbury shot 44-percent, including 49-percent after halftime.
Twelve different players scored for the Eagles on Tuesday including Julie Jarboe, who added 11 off the bench. The sophomore connected on 3-of-8 from beyond the three point line in her second double-digit scoring effort of the season. Also in double figures was senior Dorian Downs who scored 11 as well. Chelsea Clark who has been out for most of the year after tearing her ACL started and was allowed to score an uncontested layup before coming out of the game. Asbury allowed Midway to score a basket as well to even the game at 2-2 before Clark exited. The five seniors accounted for 62 of the team’s 93 points.
The Eagles wrap up the regular season with a program-best 21-9 overall record and a 10-5 mark in the KIAC. The 10 wins are the most in a single season in conference play, beating last year’s nine wins. Asbury finishes in a tie with Alice Lloyd for the second best record in the KIAC – Point Park wins the KIAC with an 11-4 mark – but the Eagles will be the three seed due to Alice Lloyd’s 2-0 record against Point Park. The Eagles were 1-1 against the Pioneers this year.
Asbury will host a first round game as one of the top four seeds in the KIAC Tournament. That game will be on Saturday at 5 pm and will be against Brescia University. The Eagles defeated Brescia both times this season. The Bearcats finished the season 15-14 overall and 7-8 in the KIAC.
At halftime of the game the Jump Rope for Heart team from Wilmore Elementary entertained the crowd with their fantastic performance. For a complete gallery of the show view our Facebook page here.
For a complete look at the 2013 KIAC women’s basketball bracket click here.