Gorby's 27 Not Enough for Women's Basketball Against IUS
WILMORE, Ky. - Kylee Gorby scored a game high-- and season high-- 27 points for the Eagles in an 87-81 loss to IU-Southeast on Tuesday night. The Eagles took a four point lead into the half but couldn't pull out the conference-opening win.
Ellie Steiner went 5-of-5 in the first from beyond the arc, and finished 7-of-10 from distance, to add 21 for the Eagles.
The Eagles jumped all over their rivals from the west in the early stages of the game as Steiner started on her hot streak with her first three to give the hosts a 7-0 lead just 1:41 into the contest.
Steiner, Gorby and the rest of the Eagles would continue their hot shooting as they took a 21-14 lead in the second half of the first 20 minutes of the game. The Grenadiers and Eagles traded buckets over the remainder of the stanza and the Eagles took just a four point lead into the break. The Eagles shot just 5-of-9 in the first half from the charity stripe but shot 57.1% from the field.
In the second half started much the way the first half ended-- back and forth. IUS' attempts to drive the lane and their ability to make the tough inside shots did the Eagles in, however.
The Grenadiers would turn the tides on the Eagles with 11:24 to play and gain a 57-56 advantage. The lead is one the visitors wouldn't lose. Pushing their lead to as much as nine with 4:47 remaining, the Eagles found some offense from Gorby.
Gorby found ways to get buckets to fall-- collecting 12 of her 27 in the half-- and cut the Grenadier lead to just three with 18 seconds remaining. The Grenadiers would head to the line shortly thereafter and cash in one of their two freebies to extend the lead back to four. A turnover in the Eagles' offensive end sealed the Eagles' fate and led to their first conference loss of the season.
'For the Eagles, Gorby's 27 points were a season-high for any player. Steiner was second on the team with 21-- all from deep-- and junior Annissia Wood added her own 11 points to the cause.
The Grenadiers got 18, 17, and 16 points from Megan Cureton, Heather Wheat, and Michaela Harris, respectively.
Maybe the biggest difference for the Eagles in the game was the disparity in shooting percentage from the first half to the second. Their 57.1% from the field in the first was coupled with just 31.4% in the second, including 4-of-14 from long range.
The Eagles get just two days rest before they take to the court in the Zweifel-Pritchett Classic against Ohio Christian. Game time is set for 8 p.m. on Thursday.