Women's Basketball Routs Principia, 111-60
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter
WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury soared out to an early 15-0 lead in the game's first five minutes and never looked back as they handled visiting Principia College with ease in an 111-60 victory in their first home game of the season.
Right from the tip Asbury (6-1) asserted their dominance over their opponent with a fury of steals off their full-court press and man-to-man pressure defense. The steals led to easy layups and wide open threes as the Eagles shot 21 for 38 (.553) including 4 of 10 (.400) from downtown in the first half.
As the lead continued to grow the Panthers began to foul Asbury, forcing them to earn their points the hard way. The fouls did not faze the home team as they hit 16/17 freebies for .941 percent.
The second half saw no change for Asbury as they built a game high 51-point lead late in the half. Asbury’s shooting cooled down just a bit in the second 20 minutes, but their defense didn’t miss a beat holding Principia to 30 points on just .375 shooting. Asbury switched into a zone defense for the second half, but great rotations, overpowering rebounding, and immense pressure were the answers for the Eagles on Friday night.
The Eagles eclipsed the century mark for the second time this season while scoring a season high 111 points. Every player who entered the game for Asbury got on the scoreboard. Six Eagles were in double-figure scoring with no one amounting more than 15 points. In addition, no players for Asbury had more than 10 shot attempts for the game showing great unselfishness from everyone.
Ellie Steiner and Savannah Taylor each netted 15 points for team-highs for the Eagles. Heather Jolley's 12 points and 10 boards gave her a double-double for the first time in her short college career.
On the other side of the court, the Panthers' received 20 points each from Rachel Perea and Spencer Randolph. Randolph did most of her damage beyond the arc on 5-of-13 shooting.
Asbury has a quick turnaround as they host their second of six straight home games when they take on Goshen College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Luce.