Rinehart, Fletcher Pace Eagles in Win Over Midway
WILMORE, Ky. - The Eagles picked up a big-time win on their home court Friday night, as the Eagles' Kelli Rinehart and Catie Fletcher each picked up 18 points en route to a 93-78 victory of the visiting Midway College Eagles.
Frehman Brittany Warren added her own 12 points and senior Ellie Steiner netted 10. The big story of the night was Asbury's .571 first half shooting percentage and the 14 point lead the built over their neighbors from the northwest.
In all, 12 Eagles scored on the night, mostly off the bench. The Eagles' bench outscored Midway 58-28 in the game, including 30-11 in the first half.
Asbury (9-3, 1-1) traded early bouts of scoring with Midway (4-7, 1-2) through the first ten minutes of the contest, leading to a 19-19 score at the midway point of the frame. Fletcher, Rinehart, and Warren-- seeing extensive minutes with the starters in foul trouble early-- helped the Eagles catch fire. Seven straight points from Fletcher, a lay up from Rinehart, and two point from Warren gave the Eagles a 10-point lead with 5:54 left to play in the half.
Midway would cut the lead back to five before a Steiner 3-pointer starter another run by the hosts. Steiner, Warren, Sam Burr, Kali Whiteside, and Cassidy Flynn all tallied point over the final 2:30 of the half to extend the Eagles' lead to 14 at the break.
Rinehart started the second half as the beneficiary of the Eagles' efficiency at breaking the press. She picked up the first four points of the half, getting the Eagles back in a groove.
The hot shooting continued as the hosts again shot better than .500 from the field, holding onto a 20-point lead through 10 minutes elapsed in the half. A short comeback attempt from Midway cut to the lead to 12 with 3:23 remaining, but was as close as they would get in the 93-78 Asbury victory.
Midway was actually better when forcing turnovers than their couterparts, putting up 25 points to Asbury's 10 off a turnover. Midway's pitfall was their shooting from beyond the arc. They went just 2-of-16 in the game. Asbury hit eight of their 17 attempts.
The Eagles get an extended break from action on the court. The team leaves for Haiti tomorrow morning for a seven-day missions trip and will return home in time for the Christmas holiday.
Their next scheduled action is January 2nd at Centre College.
While the Eagles are away, you can follow their trip via their blog at asburywbbhaiti.blogspot.com!
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