PIPPA PASSES, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles under the guidance of Coach John Mills, faced the Indiana University Kokomo Lady Cougars in an intense River States Conference West Division showdown on Saturday, February 17th. In the final regular season game of the season, the hosts prevailed in dominant fashion, 101-71. The huge win also marks their 7th consecutive victory.
A large audience was on hand to observe Senior Day as twin guards Kayla and Miranda Wilson were recognized in front of the hometown fans for their fine careers. In the earlier season matchup at Kokomo, the Lady Eagles hung on for an exciting 85-84 overtime win. However, inspired by the senior’s effort and the play of freshman guard Haley Hall, the hosts jumped out early and would take a 25-17 lead after one quarter.
In the second stanza, the Lady Cougars battled but were still unable to crack the ALC code as the hosts would take a 53-39 lead into intermission. The lead was largely earned on the strength of a remarkable 64.5% shooting display, included 8-11 three-point shots.
As the third period began, Alice Lloyd was determined not to give their guests any glimmer of a comeback. ALC would fight for all their worth against a talented Kokomo squad and was able to extend their cushion to 73-56 at the horn.
In the last stanza, the home fans were rewarded with more inspired play as the ladies from Caney Creek finally took the spirit away from their plucky opponents. A 28-13 period advantage was just what the doctor ordered, as Alice Lloyd won going away.
For the West Division-leading Lady Eagles (22-4; 15-3 RSC), Hall led all scorers with 23 points as she sank 9-13 shots including a perfect 3-3 from long range. She also paced the team with 5 rebounds. Senior guard Miranda Wilson added 21 points, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 4 rebounds while twin-sister Kayla Wilson chipped in with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. The duo sank 14-22 from the field including an impressive 9-13 from behind the arc. Freshman center Alexandria Clifton chipped in with 13 points while sophomore forward Jayla Spurlock added 11. Freshman forward Shelby Davis also tied for the lead in steals with 3.
Alice Lloyd finished shooting 55.1% (38-69) from the field including an impressive 56.3% (18-32) from long range. They connected on a perfect 100% (7-7) from the foul line. They also added 26 rebounds, 19 assists, and 13 steals.
For West Division foe IUK (16-13; 8-10 RSC), Tabitha DeWitt led the way with 21 points. Her club shot 44.8% (29-62) from the floor and a frigid 21.4% (3-14) from behind the arc. They sank 76.9% (10-13) from the foul line. They also added 34 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 steals.
ALC returns to action on Wednesday, February 21st. By virtue of winning the Western Division of the RSC Conference, they have earned the right to host the quarter-final round. They will battle the tough Point Park Lady Pioneers in what should be a thrilling matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center and all fans are asked to attend. You can find out more about the tournament here.