Women's Basketball Heats Up in Second Half to Down Berea
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury added a twelfth win to their record on Tuesday night with a five point win, 83-78, over their neighbors to the south, Berea College.
The Eagles (12-3, 3-1) continued to show a prowess for a balanced attack with five players in double-digits. Ellie Steiner, the Eagles’ leading scorer this season, had a game-high 19 in 25 minutes. Sophomore Kylee Gorby pitched in 14 points and dished out a team-high six assists as well.
On the other side of the ball, the Mountaineers’ Johnesha Warren matched Steiner’s 19 points, but couldn’t lead her team to the conference win.
Berea (5-5, 1-1) took just 13 freebies in the contest, and shot just .692 percent at the stripe compared to the 29 attempts the Eagles racked up, connecting on 82.8 of their chances.
Asbury would jump out to a lead early on in the contest, but Berea would quickly answer as the Eagles found it difficult to guard the visitors’ Kaitlynne Smith. Smith helped her team overcome the early Eagles’ lead and jump out to their own seven point lead just passed the midway point of the first half, 25-18.
Head coach Bart Flener looked to the bench for a spark late in the half and found Catie Fletcher. Fletcher overcame some of the Eagles’ early struggles in the shooting and rebounding departments. In 10 minutes played, the sophomore guard from Versaille, Ky., picked up nine points and four big rebounds. She would finish with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Fletcher sparked the Eagles’ run at the Berea lead, helping send the teams into the break all knotted up at 35 apiece.
As much as the Eagles struggled to find twine in the first half—just 29.7% from the field—they found their stride in the second stanza.
Steiner scored 14 of her 19 in the half, including 4-of-5 from deep and 5-of-6 at the line. As a team the Eagles shot a much improved .517 from the field on 15-29 shooting. They also hit 13-16 from the stripe.
The Eagles jumped out to the early lead in the second half and never looked back despite the attempts from their opponent. Berea pulled to within just two with 30 second remaining but Gorby would convert both of her free throws to push the lead back to four. A missed jumper from the Mountaineers at the other end and a rebound from Steiner sealed it for the Eagles.
The win pushed the Eagles’ record to 12-3 on the season and 3-1 in the conference—three straight conference wins. Berea fell to 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in the KIAC.
The Eagles have just one day rest as they host Cincinnati Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m. as the front end of a double header with the Eagles from CCU.
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