by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles faced some stiff challenges from their KIAC rivals from Pittsburgh — Carlow University and league #1 Point Park University. Recaps of both games follow.
January 10, 2014
ALC vs. Carlow
The Lady Eagles continued their winning ways against Carlow’s Lady Celtics by claiming its second victory in 2014 in a lopsided affair, 102-68.
Alice Lloyd was able to come out and capitalize early and often on their conference foes, building a huge lead. Carlow did not have an answer for Ariel Nickell and the rest of the Lady Eagles as the home team took a 27-point lead into the locker room, 54-27.
In the second half, ALC extended their advantage by outscoring the Lady Celtics, 48-41. For the second straight outing, the Lady Eagles put up over 100 points and shot over 50% from the field.
For Alice Lloyd (8-5, 3-1 KIAC), five players finished in double figures. Nickell led ALC in scoring with 19 points. She also collected 14 rebounds, giving her yet another double-double on the season. The team’s other double-digit scorers were Carla Booth (18 points), Amber Shepherd (14 points), Serena Nickell (14 points), and Morgan Chestnut (10 points).
Rachel Roscoe’s 25 points paced Carlow (5-8, 1-5 KIAC).
Alice Lloyd shot 50.7% from the field and connected on 11 of its 23 tries from beyond the arc. The Lady Eagles’ superior defense stifled the Lady Celtics, holding the visitors to 32.9% shooting.
January 11, 2014
ALC vs. Point Park
The Lady Eagles were back on their home court for the second day in a row as they battled the Point Park Lady Pioneers. This game would prove to be a different tale, though, as Alice Lloyd was unable to come away the win, losing 94-83.
ALC was striving for a third consecutive victory and fifth in its last six games. The Lady Eagles got off to a fantastic start and had a 16-6 advantage within the first four minutes. Unfortunately, Alice Lloyd’s lead would be short-lived, and the defending conference champions stormed past the Lady Eagles, taking a 21-20 lead at the 10:25 mark. The Lady Pioneers gradually increased their cushion from this point forward.
With three and a half minutes remaining in the half, ALC showed some fight and pulled to within six points only to see Point Park go on a 12-5 run, expanding their lead to 52-39.
The second half saw a sluggish start for the Lady Eagles, and Point Park’s sizable advantage increased to twenty points, 67-47. It was at this point that ALC’s trademark grit and determination returned, and the Lady Eagles mounted a comeback. ALC sliced the lead to single digits, but as the clock rolled under the four-minute mark, Alice Lloyd’s dynamic duo of Ariel Nickell and Carla Booth fouled out of the game. This devastating blow meant that the Lady Eagles’ comeback bid was all but over. In the remaining moments, Point Park pulled away for the victory, 94-83, showing why they sit atop the KIAC rankings and have won fourteen of their last fifteen games.
For Alice Lloyd (8-6, 3-2 KIAC), Nickell recorded another double-double, producing 27 points and corralling 15 rebounds. Freshman forward Taylor Arthur also picked up a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 5 blocks. Senior point guard Carla Booth had 15 points, but turned the ball over a costly 10 times.
Alexa Xenakis scored a season-high 23 points for Point Park (15-1, 5-1 KIAC).
The Lady Eagles will return to the court in Pippa Passes on Tuesday, January 14th, for an important bout with Berea College. The game will tip at 6 PM.