Will Seidel, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry Women’s Basketball team continues to keep pace in the race for the ODAC conference with a 67-46 win over ODAC rival Shenandoah.
The win moved the Wasps to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play. One of the biggest contributors for E&H the past few games has been sophomore forward, Kara Stafford.
Before the games against Shenandoah and Lynchburg, E&H faced off against Guilford and Bridgewater. Against Guilford, Stafford poured in 19 points to lead the team in scoring. She did just as well against Bridgewater, going for 17 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Her contributions were enough for Stafford to be named ODAC women’s basketball player of the week.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Stafford. Stafford would continue her statement, “I was reading about it, and it’s the first time since the 2015-2016 season that an Emory & Henry women’s basketball player has been selected, so I take great pride in that and I’m very thankful that I was selected.”
The path doesn’t get any easier for the Wasps, whose next five games will be against Washington & Lee, Eastern Mennonite, Roanoke, Randolph-Macon, and Guilford.
Stafford knows how important it is to win these next few games. “It’s very important that we try and win these next few games.” Stafford then continued, “In Salem, they only take the top eight (In ODAC conference), so we don’t really have any kind of room to mess up or do the silly things that we’ve been doing. We got to go out there with a new mindset that we have to make the goal happen, making it to Salem and winning an ODAC Championship.”
Stafford is correct, the Wasps have little room for error with how the ODAC standings are shaking out. E&H sits at a three-team tie with W&L, and Eastern Mennonite for fourth place. Ahead of the Wasps, from first to third, are Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon, and Guilford. Right behind the Wasps is Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan, who both sit at 4-4 and a tie for fifth place.
Sophomore forward Sydney McKinney noted how important every game is for E&H from here on out. “We’re trying to win out the rest of the season, because this is what we need to stay on track.”