WILMORE, Kentucky – Make it three wins in a row for the Eagles as they finished off their stretch of home games with a 90-81 victory over the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears. Besides providing another important conference result, the game will be especially memorable for Kali Whiteside. The senior's 11 rebounds against WVT bring her career total to 1,055, making her the top rebounder in program history.
Things got off to a good start for Asbury, as WVT had no answer for the Eagles quick to start in first quarter. After Shelby McDonald opened the scoring, Asbury would go on a 17-point run that lasted almost the entire opening period. WVT turned the ball over 7 times in the opening 10 minutes, almost making it too easy for the Eagles to get back on offense and run up the score. Asbury would end the first quarter on the right side of a 19-6 lead.
When the visitors finally seemed to wake up at the start of the second, the score would become a little less lopsided. Asbury turnovers allowed the Bears to slowly make up the deficit and the Eagles found that the points were a little more difficult to come by. That didn't stop Savannah Taylor; the senior would score 11 points in the first half to help the Eagles go into halftime up 43-27.
The Bears would continue to make things difficult for the Eagles coming out of halftime. After a couple buckets from Asbury, a dry spell saw the Bears close the gap on the Eagles lead. WVT would get within seven points with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter but Brittany Warren would drain a three from near the top of the arc to keep the Eagles' advantage at 10.
In a game that saw five Eagles end the night in double-digit scoring, AJ Lewis led the way with a career-high 21 points. The win means that the Eagles improve to 4-5 in the River States Conference and can go even if they get another win on the road against University of Rio Grande on Jan. 24.
Zack Peñalva, Contributing Writer