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Emory Women's Basketball Hands Washington University First UAA Loss of Season

Emory Women's Basketball Hands Washington University First UAA Loss of Season

From Emory University Athletics

Senior Ashley Oldshue led four double-figure scorers with 21 points in sparking the Emory women's basketball team to a big Friday evening home win over Washington University. The Eagles won their sixth straight game and raised their overall record to 16-5, 7-3 in the University Athletic Association, following a 75-66 triumph over the Bears who saw a nine-game win streak fall by the wayside and their overall slate to 15-6, 9-1 in the league.

Emory shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, over the final two quarters in outpointing WU by a 45-34 margin. Over the last two stanzas, the Bears connected on 34.4 percent (11-of-32) of their field goal opportunities, including 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from distance.

Oldshue tallied all 14 of her second-half points in the third quarter, hitting seven-of-eight field goal attempts, that spearheaded the Eagles to a 26-11 scoring bulge.  Emory held a 41-39 edge before closing out the final 4:38 of the frame on a 15-4 flurry, with Oldshue scoring six points in that run and Erin Lindahlknocking down a triple, to claim a 56-43 cushion heading into the final 10 minutes of play. The Bears scored the first five points of the final quarter to draw to within eight before a three-pointer by Blair Ripley and four points from Allison Chernow accounted for a 7-3 Emory spurt that upped its lead to a dozen points with 6:24 on the clock.  Emory would lead by as many as 13 points, the final time with 3:27 on the clock after a pair of makes at the foul line by Chernow,  but a 9-2 WU charge that was aided by Emory going just two-of-eight from the foul line in that stretch, cut its deficit to six points with 1:05 remaining. However, Emory held off the comeback bid by regrouping to sink five of its last six free throw tries.

Chernow chalked up 15 points, her 10th straight and 14th double-figure performance of the campaign, while Lindahl chipped 12 points, knocking down three treys in the process.  Ripley closed out the double-figure scorers for the Eagles with 11 points, the fourth time this season she cracked double digits.

Emory finished the game 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor and was successful on 40 percent from distance. The Eagles held a 39-38 edge in the rebounding category with senior Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod pulling down a game-high nine boards. WU closed out 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from the field and 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from three-point range.   The Bears' Madeline Homoly led all players with 24 points.

In a fast-paced and entertaining first half that featured 10 lead changes and four ties, the Bears took a 32-30 edge into halftime. A three-pointer by sophomore Molly Weiss gave the Eagles a 13-8 advantage with 3:38 left in the first quarter, but WU responded with a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by five points from Homoly, to claim a 15-13 edge. A three-pointer by Oldshue allowed Emory to regain the lead at 16-15 with 1:35 left, but WU scored six of the quarter's last eight points to  enjoy a 21-18 margin. Buckets by Chernow and Lindsey Tse to open the second frame pushed the Eagles ahead by a 22-21 count, and Emory extended its lead to 28-25 with 6:08 on the clock following a pair of charity tosses by Ripley. WU countered with five unanswered points, ignited by a three-pointer by Stephanie Botkin, before a jumper by Ripley with 3:35 left knotted the score at 30-30.  The Bear's Becca Clark-Callender then accounted for the final scoring of the half with 2:25 remaining converting a layup. Homoly paced the WU scoring attack with 13 points while Oldshue tallied seven points to lead the Emory effort.