| BC Overcomes Adversity and Asbury for Another Victory
After a weekend win against Indiana University Southeast, the Lady Mountaineers took on Asbury College Monday night in KIAC Conference action.
Stock Photo: Rebecca May led the Mountaineers to victory with 15 points against Asbury.
BC started off the first half capturing the tip and firing off a successful three-point shot. The Eagles responded with a three-pointer of their own, and battled with the Mountaineers for each point early in the game. Asbury played chiefly along the perimeter of the three point arc, whittling away the shot clock, while BC took their shots on the inside, allowing them to gain an edge on the Eagles. With 13 minutes left in the half, the Mountaineers were ahead 21 - 9. The Mountaineers pounded the court, swatting and stealing the ball away from Asbury. With such intensity, BC began to tire towards the end of the half, allowing the Eagles to gain a few more points. BC rallied enough to have a sizable lead at the half: 46 - 21.
The BC ladies had trouble keeping the ball in their possession early in the second half as Asbury picked up their pace on the floor and turned up their defense. The Mountaineers' 25-point lead soon began to slip away. With 15 minutes left in game play, the score was a close 53 - 45. BC continued to fight for the lead while Asbury pushed its defense. Towards the end of the second half, the Mountaineers managed to get back into the swing of things to maintain a steady ten point lead, ending the game with a score of 79 - 55.
Sarah Hughes had another strong game with 13 points, but Rebecca May once again led the team with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
"We opened up KIAC play with two very good wins," said Coach Harkleroad. "I am very proud of our team, they have faced some adversity through injuries, sickness, and academic woes. We were very frustrated by Asbury's refuse-to-score, keep-away philosophy. The pace of the game was very slow but we ended up winning 79-55. I thought we lacked the energy level we had on Saturday but I'm very proud of our girls and I think [this] game was great for us to prepare for the future."
The Berea College Lady Mountaineers will play the next two games away. The first will be January 11, at Midway College at 7 p.m., and then Spalding College on January 13 at 2 p.m. The Ladies will be back home January 16, playing against Alice Lloyd College at 5:30 pm in a double header, with the men's team playing at 7:30 pm.