Pippa Passes, KY: Senior guard Kayla Wilson registered a double-double to help lead the home standing Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles to an exciting 75-73 victory over the highly-regarded Indiana University Lady Grenadiers Tuesday night in River States Conference play.
In the opening quarter, ALC came out focused against their worthy opponent. The two clubs would trade hoops, but ALC led19-18 after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the hosts put on a clinic. Combining solid defense with excellent offensive execution, and sparked by the play of Wilson and Alexandria Clifton, the Lady Eagles would dominate the period 28-12. The delighted fans saw their squad take a 47-30 lead into intermission.
As the third period began, IUS would creep back to within 12 points. Once again, ALC would sprint ahead and lead by as many as 19. When the horn sounded ending the period, the hometown girls still led 64-49.
In the final quarter, everything changed. With nothing to lose, the visitors began a spirited comeback. To their credit, they sank numerous big shots and forced a few turnovers as Alice Lloyd went cold. Incredibly, with less than .30 remaining, the Lady Grenadiers found themselves with the ball trailing by just two, 75-73.
With the home crowd was on pins and needles wondering if their squad could hang on, the Lady Eagles came up big when they needed it. On the ensuing possession, the defensive pressure was exceptional, as they forced IUS from getting a good look. With the clock winding down, Indiana had to launch a desperation 25-foot bomb at the buzzer which bounced harmlessly off the rim to preserve the victory.
For Alice Lloyd (9-1; 3-0 RSC), Kayla Wilson led the way with her double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. She added 2 steals and 2 assists. Clifton finished with 14 points, 12 coming in the big first half. Senior guard Miranda Wilson continued her stellar play as she nearly had her own double-double, finishing with 13 points and 9 assists. She added 4 rebounds and 2 steals as well.
IUS (7-4; 2-1 RSC) was led by forward Ashley Lyninger with 20 points.
Alice Lloyd finished shooting 42.4% (28-66) from the field and 38.5% (10-26) from deep while connecting on 60% (9-15) from the foul line. They also added 38 rebounds, 17 assists, and 5 steals.
Southeast finished shooting 39.7% (27-68) from the floor and 27.8% (5-18 from behind the arc. They shot 82.4% (14-17) from the foul line. They also added 41 rebound, 15 assists, and 7 steals.
ALC returns to action on Saturday, December 30 when they travel to face the Marshall University Thundering Herd in an exhibition match at 1:00 pm. They then return to conference play on January 2, 2018, when they travel to Ohio Christian University for a 5:30 pm showdown.