Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 22, 2008) - Ashley Taylor scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards to lead the Lady Golden Eagles to a 61-45 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) in the final game of the JBU Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor went 5-of-8 from the floor including 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. She also has one assist and one blocked shot. Sophomore Katie Mangels and senior Claire Harrison also reached double digits as they both scored 10 points off the bench. Mangels also grabbed four rebounds helping JBU win the rebounding battle, 41-30.
At the 8:54 mark of the first half, Taylor put JBU (6-1) ahead by nine, 20-11, after scoring off the feed from sophomore Emily Ortiz. SAGU (6-3) answered quickly on the other end after they converted both sides of the bonus free-throw attempts to cut it back to seven. But with 5:25 left in the half, junior Micaela Cully drained a three to catapult a 15-2 JBU run closing out the half with the 41-23 lead.
In the second half, Mangels gave JBU their largest lead at 47-27, after scoring a layup off the SAGU turnover with 13:31 left. But SAGU would cut it down to 11, 50-39, at the 7:14 point after several missed field goals and back to back turnovers by JBU. JBU pushed it back to a 17-point lead with less than two minutes remaining after consecutive buckets by Taylor and Mangels and a free-throw by senior Casey Shivers and short jumper by Cully. SAGU tried to foul down the stretch but JBU converted at the charity stripe to hold on for the win.
On the night, JBU shot 43.5 percent (20-46) from the field, including 35 percent (6-17) from three point land. JBU also came up big at the line nailing 79 percent (15-19).
As a team, SAGU shot 25 percent (13-52) from the field, including 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. And they shot 65 percent (13-20) from the free throw line.
The Lady Golden Eagles return to the hardwood when open up conference play against Rogers State in Claremore, Okla. next Tuesday at 6 p.m.