The Emory & Henry women’s basketball team has finished the past two seasons with winning records, a feat that has not been accomplished since the 2002-03 season. They finished last year with a record of 19-8 with ODAC play being 11-5.
The Wasps were picked to finish fifth in the ODAC poll but instead ended up tieing for third place. They started out with a strong start at 6-0 and only lost three games between the beginning of January to the middle of February. They finished the season in the semifinals of the ODAC tournament for the second year in a row.
This season, the Lady Wasps are picked to finish fifth place in the ODAC poll. They also won their first number one spot bid since 2008-09. Lynchburg College and Washington and Lee also earned one first-place vote each. The 2016 ODAC tournament runner-up, Guilford College, earned nine first-place votes and clinched the number one spot in the ODAC polls for the 2016-17 season. LC and W&L grabbed the second and third spots, while E&H landed in the fourth spot. Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke College were picked to finish in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, right behind E&H.
Although E&H is only returning two starters this season, they look to be just as powerful as they have been for the past two years. Senior Megan Jacoby and Sophomore Taylor Blevins will be two of the leaders for this year’s squad, both of which earned a spot on the All-ODAC Second Team. Blevins also earned multiple Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Asja Jenkins and Junior Chloe Harris will also return to be two more key players for the Lady Wasps. In addition to the returners, Coach Crutchfield brought in a promising group of first-years. Out of the six first-years coming in, two of them earned All-State honors during their final seasons of high school.
– Kayla Mulker