The Emory & Henry LadyWasps Basketball lost their season opener in an overtime thriller to Averett University by a final score of 97-90. Between the Wasps and the Cougars,there were a total of five ties and ten lead changes. The Cougars soared out in front from the opening tip, going ahead 13-4 with 5:37 left in the first quarter. That would be the largest lead of the game for either team. E&H would then close the quarter on a 5-0 run to pull the score to 21-18. The Wasps would then explode out of the second quarter on a 15-4 run to give the Wasps their first lead at 26-23, and then would push it up 33-27. The Cougars would trim the lead to 38-36 at halftime.
Averett would come out of the locker room on fire, starting a second half on an 11-4 run in the first 3:03 and retook the lead 47-42. E&H answered with a 12-1 run of their own to take the lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, 54-51. The entire 4th quarter stayed close throughout, with the widest margin being two possessions. With 2:23 left in the game, the Wasps held a five point edge at 74-69. The Cougars, would find another run in them to take the lead, 78-74 with 30 seconds left, thanks to a 9-0 run. But the Wasps would not stop fighting. They would answer back on a Tessa Johnston three pointer and one to tie it up at 78 with 26 seconds left. E&H would have the last shot to win in regulation, but the final shot was off the mark sending this game into overtime.
In the first 3 minutes of OT, the Cougars used a 12-4 run to take control and lead 90-82. The Wasps responded and pulled it to four with just 11 seconds remaining. However, Averett’s free throw shooting in the final minute turned out to be killer, as they went 7-10 from the free throw line to stay ahead for good and eventually win 97-90. Chloe Harris however, was optimistic about her team’s season weeks ago and that probably will not change with one score line. “We’re gonna have a fun year, and I’m excited at what we can do. We’re gonna get it together and I believe we’ll surprise some people.”
– Will Seidel