Wilmore, KY: The visiting Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles opened the first period by swishing six three-point bombs, and they earned an impressive 81-54 conference victory over the Asbury University Lady Eagles. The matchup took place in Wilmore on Thursday, February 14th. With the victory, ALC claims first place in the River States Conference Western Division for the second consecutive year.
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In the opening six minutes of the game, ALC drilled six three-point buckets before the stunned crowd, and would race out to a 20-2 lead.
The hosts would close out the quarter on a 7-2 run, but still trailed 22-9 after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the visitors would continue their hot-shooting as they opened with an 8-3 burst to lead 30-12. The visiting Eagles would keep the pressure on and refuse to give any ground. Another Alice Lloyd spurt would give them a commanding 47-27 cushion at intermission.
As the third period began, ALC would maintain their dominance and refuse to relinquish the hard- earned advantage. The period-ending buzzer showed they would head into the final stanza in total command, 66-40.
In the last quarter, ALC Coach John Mills was able to witness his cagers quickly extend their cushion to over thirty points. Everyone was able to get in on the action in earning the truly satisfying team victory.
For Alice Lloyd (17-8; 13-5 RSC), sophomore guard Haley Hall led an impressive team effort with a game high 22 points (9-14 FG). She added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
She was joined in double-figures by feisty sophomore guard Ali May, who came off the bench to provide a double-double with 13 points and 10 big rebounds. In addition, senior center Emilee
Junior forward Jayla Spurlock led the way with 6 assists and contributed 7 rebounds, while junior guard Katie Moore contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds. Four different Lady Eagles hit multiple three-point buckets.
The winning club finished shooting 44.1% (26-59) from the field and 35.5% (11-31) from long range. They connected on an impressive 81.8% (18-22) from the foul line. They also dominated the glass with 59 rebounds, and had 16 assists, and 8 steals.
Asbury (10-18; 6-11 RSC) was led by Sarah King and Kelsey Johnson, each with 10 points. Their club finished shooting just 26.5% (18-68) from the floor and 28.6% (8-28) from behind the arc. They shot 58.8% (10-17) from the foul line. They also added 28 rebound, 8 assists, and 13 steals.
Alice Lloyd will return to the hardwood this Saturday for the final contest of the regular season. Weather permitting, they will host Kentucky Christian University in non-conference play. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm.
As the champion of the River States Conference Western Division, the Lady Eagles will begin their quest to return to the NAIA DII National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday, February 20th. Alice Lloyd will host a quarter-final game, and the parings will be released after the regular-season this weekend.