Steiner's Heroics Lifts Eagles Past KCU in OT Thriller
GRAYSON, Ky. - An offensive rebound by the Eagles' Savannah Taylor, a 30-second timeout from the bench and a long range ball from Ellie Steiner kept the Eagles from dropping their second game of the season to Kentucky Christian on Thursday night in KCU's own Super 8 Classic.
All that action happened with less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock for the Eagles, who needed that just to send the game to OT. Stenier's game-tying three provided the Eagles with exactly what they would need to eventually take the game in the extra frame-- momentum.
Momentum was something the Eagles seemingly lost after losing what was a 10 point lead with just under eight minutes left to play. KCU responded in a big way with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes and change to take the lead for the first time since 6:18 remaining in the first half.
KCU would hold the lead for the rest of the half, that is until Steiner bucketed three of her team-leading 19 points with just 1.7 seconds remaining.
From there the Eagles used a 13-4 extra frame to defeat the hosts 87-78. Asbury hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, and 3-of-5 from the field in the overtime period to secure the victory. Their hosts shot just 2-of-7 from the field in the extra frame.
Five Eagles finished the game in double figures. Kelli Rinehart's 10-point, nine-rebound performance was a near double-double. Annissia Wood and Kylee Gorby combined to add 25 points and contributed 11 assists in the win.
Maybe the biggest stat line for the Eagles was their rebounding-- which ultimately led to their last second tying bucket. They outrebounded KCU 46-37 which included 19 offensive rebounds.
The Eagles take to the court for their second of three games at the Super 8 Classic tomorrow (Friday 11/15) at 4 p.m., against University of Cincinnati-Clermont.