Will Seidel, Sports Editor • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry women’s basketball team season came to close in the second round of the NCAA tournament, with a 62-49 loss to No. 12 Messiah. The lost ended the Wasps historical season at 23-7.
E&H faced Roger Williams in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The matchup was the Wasps first game in the NCAA tournament in program history. Roger Williams sprung to life with an 8-2 run to start the game, but the Wasps countered a un of their own with a 13-2 run to take the lead 15-10. It was a back and forth contest till the end of the first quarter, with RWU taking a 20-17 lead heading into the second quarter. The Wasps turned up the heat from there. E&H outscored the Hawks 16-8 in the second quarter and never relinquished the lead from there. E&H outscored the Hawks 33-27 in the second half to win their first matchup of the tournament. Junior Forward Taylor Blevins led the team in scoring with 17 points, contributing 13 of them in the first half. Blevins also hauled in eight rebounds and contributed three assists as well.
The second match from the Wasps would be against No. 12 Messiah. E&H would keep the game close and actually went into halftime with the lead. The Falcons then took it up a notch, outscoring the Wasps 22-11 in the third quarter, thanks in part to a 13-4 run in the first six minutes. E&H never recovered after that, and ended up losing by the final score of 62-49. Sophomore Kara Stafford led the way for the Wasps, scoring 14 points, hitting all six of her free throws, and pulled down five rebounds.
Despite the lost and their season coming to an end, the Wasps will be returning their entire roster next season and could very well be preseason favorites for the ODAC conference next season.