by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sportswriter
The Lady Eagles of Alice Lloyd were at home for the second time in a week as they collided with the Asbury Lady Eagles on Thursday night. ALC came away from this match-up victorious, 77-66.
Alice Lloyd came into this contest looking for their second straight win after enduring a tough road stretch. The home team began the game in a hole, going down 9-4 within the first three minutes. Not long after this, ALC would tie the game 11-11. Asbury went on a couple of runs to extend their lead and went into the locker room up five, 40-35.
However, the Lady Eagles (15-10, 9-5 KIAC) would have their way in the second half. Down 39-42, the home team would go on a 19-9 run to take a 58-51 lead with about eight minutes to go. Once they surged ahead, ALC never relinquished the lead. They would extend their advantage in the final few minutes.
For the second straight game, Ariel Nickell had an incredible performance. The rugged junior pumped in 39 points while connecting on 14-26 from the field and an impressive11-12 from the free throw line. For good measure, she hauled down 14 rebounds. Nickell is currently leading the nation in both scoring and rebounding.
Carla Booth put in a commendable performance, as well, as the shifty guard finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
For Asbury (19-8, 8-4 KIAC), Trenia Barbee had 32 points. The normally steady-scoring Laura Carroll was held to only 6 points.
Alice Lloyd shot 44 percent (26-for-59) from the field while holding Asbury to 36 percent (26-for-71), including 28 percent in the second half. The win put Alice Lloyd within one game of Asbury for second place in the KIAC and within two of the conference leader, Point Park.
The women will next face Ohio Christian on the road. That game will tip-off at 6 PM on Tuesday, February 12th.