Team Effort Leads to Lopsided Win over Carlow
WILMORE, Ky. - The Eagles' high score-- Ellie Steiner-- had just 14 points on the night, a good indicator of the ball movement and selflessness the Eagles portrayed Friday night. All but one of the Eagles' players that played Friday tallied points in the 97-58 win over the visiting Celtics from Carlow University.
Molly Harlin came off the bench with hot shooting from beyond the arc-- a theme developing for the first year player-- to score 11 points. The win solidified the Eagles' second consecutive 20-win season, and just the second in program history.
The win didn't start smooth for the Eagles, as they found themselves down early to the Celtics, forcing head coach Bart Flener to call a quick timeout.
After the timeout, the Eagles showed a little full court press defensively and forced their visitors into tough spots in the backcourt. Two straight deep balls from Ellie Steiner on consecutive possessions would tie the game and put the Eagles up by three after 4:17 elapsed in the game. The lead would be the Eagles for good, stretching it to as much as 21 just before the break.
After the break the Eagles came out firing. In all they put up 16 second half threes on a total 38 shots, and, due partly to Harlin's touch, shot 56.3% from deep. Harlin finished 3-of-5 from three point land. Teammates Sam Burr and Brittany Warren were the only players statistically better than Harlin Friday night, both hitting their only three point balls.
The story of the night was the complete game put on by the Eagles. Wide margins in points off the bench (59-8) and points off turnovers (21-10) highlighted the stat sheet.
The Eagles will have just over 18 hours to soak in the win as Point Park visits town tomorrow afternoon. The game, a huge playoff precursor and decider, could determine where both AU and PPU finish in the KIAC season standings.
In their previous matchup the Eagles fell 79-78 to Point Park in Pittsburgh.
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