Women's Basketball

Lady Eagles Split Faith Classic Games

Lady Eagles Split Faith Classic Games

In the first game of the Faith Classic this year the Lady Eagles took on NCCAA and MCCC opponent Manhattan Christian College. Faith started out the game strong making timely plays on defense that resulted in easy points on the offensive end. Faith scored a season high in a quarter this year by scoring 23 first quarter points to give them a 23-14 advantage to end the first quarter.  Manhattan's defense came to life in the second quarter and made things more difficult for the Lady Eagles on offense the rest of the game. Laura Garwick had 13 first half points to give the Lady Eagles a 33-22 lead going into the break.

The second half was a different story as Manhattan continued to play well and force the Lady Eagles into outside shots which would not fall. Manhattan chipped away at the lead Faith had throughout the third quarter, and with 8:33 to go in the fourth quarter it was just a three point game. The Lady Eagles were then able to go on an 11-5 run the rest of the game giving them the 54-48 win. Laura Garwick (19pts, 13 rebs) and Ashley Pearson (10pts, 18 rebs) both finished the game with double-doubles. Holly Shepard chipped in 11 points, and Shannon Steffen led the team in assists with 6.

The Lady Eagles took on number four nationally ranked Grace Bible College in the second game of the Faith Classic. Grace jumped up on Faith early in the game with their defensive pressure forcing Faith into a lot of turnovers which resulted in easy baskets for the Lady Tigers. Grace had a 23-7 advantage by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Eagles settled down and played Grace evenly in the second quarter, and did a much better job handling the pressure. Grace took a 38-21 lead into halftime.

Grace started the second half really strong and continued to sub players in and out to keep them fresh and the defensive pressure high. This really wore down the Lady Eagles who struggled offensively in the second half. Grace would win the game 78-42. Holly Shepard (10 pts) and Laura Garwick (11 pts) both scored in double digits for the Eagles. Ashley Pearson also scored in double digits with 11 points, but also had 13 rebounds to give her another double-double.