Steiner Propels Eagles to Big KIAC Win over Brescia
WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury (11-3, 2-1) shot .536 percent on 37-of-69 shooting, including 14-30 from beyond the arc, to cruise to a 104-73 win over Brescia University Saturday night.
Ellie Steiner led the way as she shot 8-of-10 from the field, including hitting five of her seven deep balls, to collect a team high 22 points. Four other Eagles-- Sam Burr, Kylee Gorby, Annissia Wood, and Catie Fletcher-- reached double digits as well.
The Bearcats had two 20-point-getters in Olivia Moore (23) and Julie Whitfill (20), but shot just 5-of-18 from deep and 22-of-57 from the field.
Brescia (2-12, 0-2) actually jumped out to the early lead but a layup from Wood put the Eagles up 6-4 with just 2:44 into the game and the Eagles wouldn't look back.
After a win earlier this week against Centre shook of what rust may have built up for the Eagles, the Asbury shooters seemingly couldn't miss in the early going. Fletcher (13 points), TJ Edmunds (5 points), and Gorby (13 points) hit consecutive deep balls to push the Eagles' lead to 15 midway through the first.
Asbury extended their lead to as much as 23 late in the half with a combonation of poor shooting from the visitors and lights out shooting from Steiner and Co. The hosts took a 54-31 lead into the half.
The second half started much like the first half ended, with scoring from the Eagles' starting five.
The Bearcats would respond with a run of their own, cutting the 28 point lead built by the Eagles to as little as 16 laregly in part to the play of Moore and Whitfill but they wouldn't get any closer.
Asbury's reserves saw a lot of action late in the second. Molly Harlin got in on the three-point shooting clinic with her late bucket, and AJ Lewis added three the old-fashioned way with a layup and-one for her three points.
The Eagles' biggest stat line may have come on their points off turnovers. A full-court press rattled the Bearcats early, and the hosts turned it into 24 points on the night. Asbury's bench also picked up 41 points to Brescia's six.
The Eagles improved their record in the KIAC to 2-1 after dropping their opener to IU-Southeast. Brescia fell to 0-2 in the conference with the loss.
Asbury stays with conference play as they play host to Berea on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. here in the Luce Center.