The Emory & Henry women’s basketball team has taken charge this past week as the Roanoke Maroons and Shenandoah Hornets fell to the sting of the Wasps. The two victories have now pushed the team to a strong 15-6 record.
In Wednesday’s matchup against the Maroons of Roanoke College, both squads opened the game lighting up the net, shooting better than 60 percent in the first quarter. The Maroons would hold a 27-24 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
In the second, four ties and 11 lead changes would be posed due to the back and forth play between the teams. At the half, the stalemate climbed to 46-46 as the teams headed to their locker room to rebuff their strategy.
As the 3rd quarter buzzer sounded, both the Wasps and Maroons locked in to up the ante. Down by three, Roanoke scored seven in a row for a 58-54 advantage with nearly 6 minutes left in the third. E&H tied things up at 58, while an 8-2 run by the Maroons’ led to their biggest lead of the game, 66-60. E&H closed the period on a 13-6 run, as sophomore guard Tessa Johnston drilled a pair of three-pointers including one at the buzzer to put the Wasps up, 73-72.
In the fourth, the Wasps would up the pressure and score 11 straight pushing the lead to 84-72. The Wasps maintained this lead and would eventually cruise to a 93-84 victory.
Taylor Blevins and Kara Stafford were stand outs in the game with Blevins posting 21 points and Stafford tying her career high of 15 points.
In their subsequent ODAC matchup Saturday, the Shenandoah Hornets would face a team on a roll. The 14-6 Wasps looked to notch another ODAC victory onto their belt.
Hitting the floor of the Shingleton Gymnasium, the Wasps started slow and would lead 15-5 with 10 minutes played. Following this, a 10-2 run by the Wasps would extend the lead to 25-7. Scoring inside well, E&H would end the first half leading 36-20.
Coming out of the break, the Hornets closed the margin down to 10, but the Wasps scored 17 in a row to push their advantage to 27 (57-30).
E&H then utilized its depth while giving their reserves some significant experience down the stretch as the Wasps cruised to a 64-40 victory.
First-year Aubriana Peebles led all players with a career-high 15 points off the bench, while Blevins added 14 points and 4 rebounds to lead the Wasps.
E&H will have another road game Wednesday, Feb. 8 when it visits Lynchburg College for an ODAC matchup with the league-leading Hornets. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m.
– Andrew Davis