The Lady Eagles hit the road for Pittsburgh, PA where they faced stiff challenges from Carlow University and Point Park. Below are recaps of each game.
The Lady Eagles had a battle on their hands before prevailing by 4 on the road.
The first half was a nick and tuck affair as neither team could make any sort of run. ALC managed to pull ahead 34-31 by the break.
In the second half, the game remained tight. However, riding the play of Ariel Nickell and Hayley Smith, along with big free throws from Carla Booth, the Lady Eagles were able to hold on for the crucial road conference win.
For ALC (5-3, 1-0 KIAC), Nickell led the way with 19 points and 8 big rebounds. Smith gave a huge effort and finished with 15 points.
In addition, Booth added 13 points, including 9-12 from the foul line. JJ Hickson led the team with 5 assists. She also added 7 rebounds.
For the second consecutive game, the Lady Eagles got a major boost from sophomore forward Hayley Smith and made the big plays at crunch time to earn their second victory in as many days.
Point Park came out and quickly looked to show why they were a preseason top 25 club. The Pioneers jumped ahead 14-5 in the first seven minutes and appeared to be in total control.
Fortunately for ALC, over the next four minutes Smith tossed in 9 points to spark a 15-2 run that gave ALC the lead for good. They led 36-30 at intermission.
In the second half, the hosts showed their grit as they battled back and tied the score at 61 with just 3:04 remaining.
On Alice Lloyd’s next possession, Ariel Nickell was fouled and calmly swished both free throws to set the score at 63-61.
After trading possessions, Lady Eagle sharpshooter JJ Hickson drained a huge 3-point bomb with 1:25 remaining. That made the score 66-61 and ended the last Point Park threat.
For the victors (6-3, 2-0 KIAC), Nickell led all scorers with 24 points and led all rebounders with 13 for another double-double. Smith tossed in 13 points, while guard Courtney Crowder stepped up and added 10 points and 5 assists. Carla Booth added a game high 7 assists.
Point Park (4-2, 0-1 KIAC) was led by Emily Schartner with 19 points.
With these two statement wins, Coach Mills now has his Lady Eagles sitting atop the KIAC rankings. They will next face non-conference foe UPike in a game on Tuesday, November 27th, at 5:30 PM. Come out and support this talented group of women at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center!