Emory & Henry women’s basketball team faced off against teams this week that were extremely competitive. Both games were tough matchups, and E&H came away with one win and one loss.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Lady Wasps took on the number one team in the ODAC, the Lynchburg College Hornets. E&H started the game off strong and established a comfortable lead at 17-4. The Hornets closed the gap a little bit before the end of the first period, making the score 20-14.
In the second period, E&H went on another impressive of 11-0, but LC closed the gap almost completely before halftime. The teams headed for the locker rooms with the Lady Wasps holding the slight lead of 39-36.
LC continued to play well in the second half and gained their first lead. The biggest lead the Hornets had was five points and the Wasps came back to regain their lead at 50-49 at the end of the third period.
The last period consisted of five different lead changes. E&H managed a five point lead with less than three minutes to go. However, the Hornets went on a 9-2 run and ended the game with a 67-65 win over the Lady Wasps.
The second game of the week, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Randolph College, had a much better ending for the Lady Wasps.
In the beginning of the game, the two teams went back and forth but E&H eventually went on a run to end the first period with a 16-9 lead over the Wildcats.
The Wasps’ offense became stronger in the second period and momentum was on their side as they earned a 14 point lead. Randolph took away a portion of E&H’s spark and cut the Wasps’ lead to 29-23 entering the halfway point.
Although the third period would be opened up with a Randolph basket, the majority of the period belonged to E&H. The Wasps dominated this period building up a 21 point deficit. They remained strong and ended the period with a 54-37 lead.
In the final period, the Wildcats finally found their momentum and began chasing down the Wasps. They cut the lead to single digits but the Wasps would end up pulling out a 65-52 win.
– Kayla Mullkey