By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Nov. 6, 2013 — The Kentucky Christian University women’s basketball team traveled to Morehead State for an exhibition contest with the Eagles this past Friday.
The Lady Knights hung tough with the Lady Eagles before a quick second half run by MSU helped defeat KCU 95-73.
Coach Ron Arnett said despite the loss, he was proud of his team for competing with a Division I mid-major school.
“I thought we played 30 minutes of really good basketball,” Arnett said. “There were about seven or eight minutes at the end of the first half where we lost our focus and MSU took control. But I was proud of our girls.”
The Lady Knights were led by senior guard Tanya Bowen’s game-high 34-points. Jana Glick had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Newcomer Ashleigh Gyalog had 10 points while Sharonda Jones and Allie Slone each had five points.
“We’ve got six experienced players and six newcomers,” Arnett said. “I think we can be pretty good. When we rotate we’ll drop off a little but we’ve got a really good chance to have a successful season.”
Arnett added: “Allie Slone is going to be a player. She has good speed and handles the ball well and plays good defense. I thought Taylor Thrasher played well. She’s raw but big and strong and very aggressive and will give us some really good minutes as the year goes on.”
The Lady Knights started off the game quickly on baskets by Bowen and Glick. But the hot three-point shooting by MSU seniors Allie Turner and Terrice Robinson allowed the Eagles to pull away late in the first half.
“I thought our kids played smart and aggressive early in the first half,” Arnett said. “We outscored them second half which was pleasant to see.”
Bowens would score 17 points in the second half. Arnett was pleased with her offensive output.
“She had a great game and all three officials stopped by and were very complementary of her play,” Arnett said.
“She’s really good,” MSU head coach Tom Hodges said. “At some points we offered pretty good resistance and she made tough shots. She has an aggressive mindset similar to Allie, Terrice and Alemsha (Jones). She proved why she is one of the most decorated players in their historic program.”
In the second half, the Eagle defensive pressure got to the Lady Knights. KCU had 24 turnovers in the game.
“They pressured us for 40 minutes and I don’t blame them,” Arnett said. “It helped us because we’re going to see that type of defense all year so we won’t be surprised by anything.”
KCU shot 47 percent from the field and connected on 50 percent of their three-point shots.
MSU and KCU both grabbed 26 rebounds but the Eagles took 17 offensive boards and turned them into 13 second chance points.
Robinson lead five MSU players in double figures with 23 points. Turner added 17 points for the Eagles.
KCU opened the 2013-14 season this past Saturday, defeating Central Christian College of the Bible 84-43. They played at Alice Lloyd Tuesday night.
“We are very excited,” Arnett said. “We’re having great practices and t they’re pumped up and if we stay healthy I think we’ll have a good year.”
MacKenzie Bates can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.