PIPPA PASSES - The Alice Lloyd College women’s basketball team survived its season-opener on Tuesday, edging the Kentucky Christian University Lady Knights 83-81 at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center.
Voted the conference’s top team in the KIAC coaches’ preseason poll, Alice Lloyd (1-0, 0-0 KIAC) shook off a slow start to lead 42-36 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles led by as many as eight points. KCU (1-3) would not go away, though. The Lady Knights thrived late in the game. Kentucky Christian forced some turnovers and even had a chance in the last few seconds to come away with the victory. But KCU guard Tanya Bowens had her shot blocked, which allowed the Lady Eagles to win.
Senior forward Ariel Nickell paced Alice Lloyd with 39 points and 16 rebounds.
Sheldon Clark High School graduate Carla Booth struggled early but was instrumental for the Lady Eagles down the stretch, scoring 16 points and making shots when the Lady Eagles had to have them.
ALC’s powerful duo of Nickell and Booth proved to be a bit too much for the visiting Lady Knights.
Jana Glick paced KCU with 22 points.
Rebounding proved to be the difference in the matchup as the Lady Eagles beat the Lady Knights on the boards, 42-29. Alice Lloyd made and took one more field goal in this contest than its counterpart - 30-of-65 (46.2 percent) to KCU’s 29-of-64 (45.3 percent).
The Lady Eagles will entertain Milligan College on Saturday. Tip-off for the Alice Lloyd-Milligan women’s basketball game is set for 2 p.m..