Seniors Lead Eagles Past UC-Clermont
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter
GRAYSON, Ky. - The Eagles won their third consecutive game at the Super 8 Classic in Grayson, Ky., defeating the University of Cincinnati-Clermont 80-65.
After starting out the game in an 11-2 deficit in favor of UC Clermont, the Eagles responded with a 17-2 run of their own including four 3-point field goals in a row. The Eagles forced UC-Clermont coach, Michael Matthews, to call a timeout at the 10:24 mark in the first half. The three point shot was Asbury’s best friend in the first half as they knocked down 6-13 treys for .462 shooting. Defensive stops and great 3-point accuracy got Asbury back into the game.
The Eagles would never trail the Cougars for the remainder of the night. Asbury (4-1), despite its sluggish start, would later find themselves up by as much as 20 points in the second half.
Three double-digit scorers led Asbury—seniors Sam Burr (17), and Ellie Steiner (20), along with junior, Annissia Wood (14). UC Clermont’s Stacie Lee led all scorers with 26 points off 10-13 from the field, and 6-7 from the line.
Asbury got a huge boost from their bench outscoring UC Clermont 32-5 from the reserves. Steiner, who came off the bench for Asbury, contributed mightily for the Eagles scoring 20 points while playing 23 minutes.
Although rebounds between the two teams were practically even throughout (46-45 AU), Burr pulled down 14 individual rebounds to combine with her 17 points.
Altogether, prolific shooting was not the name-of-the-game in this one as both teams shot under .400 for the game. Asbury held UC Clermont (4-2) cold in perimeter scoring as the Cougars hit just 3-16 long-range shots.
On top of the Eagles great 3-point shooting defense, they also forced UC Clermont into 17 turnovers, 12 of which came from Asbury steals.
After nearly a month straight of away games to start the season, the Eagles will finally tip-off their first home game in Wilmore when they take on the Panthers from Principia College on Friday, November 22, 2013. The game marks the first in a string of six straight home games for Asbury.