NCAA Tournament Preview: Womens’ Basketball

Peyton Williams, Sports Writer •

The Emory & Henry College Women’s Basketball has made history this season in unique fashion. After a heartbreaking defeat to Randolph-Macon College in the ODAC Championship game, the Wasps found out during Monday’s NCAA Selection Show that their season will continue. The Wasps will travel to Messiah College to take on the Hawks of Roger Williams University. The first-round national matchup will consist of two conference runner-ups. The Wasps of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, currently at 22-6 overall, will travel to Pennsylvania to battle the Commonwealth Coast Conference runner-ups in Roger Williams University. The Hawks are currently 23-5 after coming off a loss to the University of New England in the CCC Championship game.

The Wasps are coming off a regular season ODAC title before losing to the #2 seeded Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College in a hard-fought championship game. The Wasps fell in the title game by a final score of 72-68. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak that the Wasps had ridden on into the tournament weekend. Junior forward Taylor Blevins led the Wasps with seventeen points and nine rebounds. She added three assists, two steals, and a block to her tally as well. Chloe Harris provided a spark for the Wasps off the bench, adding great hustle and determination to the team. She dropped fourteen points while stuffing her stat sheet with six rebounds, three assists, and five steals. The trio of sophomores in Peyton Williams, Sydney McKinney, and Kara Stafford combined for twenty-seven points. The team effort was not enough as standout sophomore Kelly Williams of Randolph-Macon dropped a monster double-double with thirty-one points and twenty rebounds. Her performance in the tournament earned her the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as well as giving her the current rebounding record in the history of the women’s ODAC basketball tournament.

The NCAA selected the Wasps to receive one of the precious and coveted at-large bids. The Wasps will return to action Friday, March 2nd in their first-ever appearance in the Division III National Tournament. The Wasps will play at Messiah College against the Hawks of Roger Williams University.

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