Defense Sets Early Tone in Win Over Lakers | Schools
CLINTON, Iowa--Playing for the first time in a week, the Ashford women's basketball team continued their four-game homestand on Wednesday night. The time off paid dividends, as the Saints controlled play from the opening tip on their way to a 75-52 win over Silver Lake College.
Gaby Ayon, Madison Wagner and Briaunna Guthrie each had 16 point for the Saints, who smothered the Lakers with pressure defense from the get-go, improving to 10-12 on the year. The 10 victories matches the Saints' win total from a year ago.
"I was happy with our energy out of the gate," Head Coach Amy Eagan said. "We haven't implemented our full-court press much this year and they caused some big turnovers for us early on. We were also able to get some scoring from our bench and that's something we haven't had much this year. I think that will build some confidence for them heading forward."
Ashford would never trail in this game, outscoring the Lakers 14-4 over a six minute stretch to extend their lead to 22-8 with 10:16 to go. Leading 38-24 at the break, the Saints would increase their lead to as many as 29 points en route to the win.
The Saints shot 40.8% (29-71) from the floor and won the rebounding battle, 41-37. AU dominated the turnover battle, forcing 24 while committing only nine.
In addition, the Saints' bench chipped in for 30 points and the team had 18 fast break points, while surrendering none in the process.
Ashford will conclude their homestand on Friday, when they welcome the Lynx of Lindenwood-Belleville. Opening tip from Kehl Arena is set for 5:30 p.m.