GAME FACTS – The Emory women's basketball team is gearing up for its second straight home weekend of University Athletic Association play, starting with a Friday (Jan. 25) bout against Brandeis University followed by a Sunday contest against New York University. The Woodruff PE Center will serve as the venue or the 60th match-up between the Eagles and Brandeis, and that game will start at 6:00 pm. The meeting with the Violets of NYU will represent the 60th time the two schools have squared off, with that affair slated for a 2:00 pm start.
Both games will be streamed and can be seen by going to: https://emory.prestosports.com/sports/wbkb/live.
THE COACHES – Head Coach Misha Jackson (Emory, '13) is in her second season at the helm of the Eagles' program. Named Interim Head Coach in October of 2017, she guided the Eagles to a 13-12 slate last season, which included a 7-7 mark in University Athletic Association play, the highest win total in league play since 2013. She then had the Interim tag removed in March of this year.
She enters this weekend with a school and career record of 24-17.
Jackson joined the Eagles' staff as an assistant prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. She played three seasons in an Eagle uniform (2010-11 through 2012-13), seeing action in a total of 78 games, 69 in a starting capacity. She closed out career ranked among the program's top-10 all-time performers in 11 categories.
Jackson is assisted by Sammi Goldsmith and Chuck Melito.
Carol Simon (Colby, '85) is in her 32nd year as the head coach at Brandeis. During her stint with the Judges, she has compiled 440 victories and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In her initial campaign patrolling the NYU sideline is Meg Barber (NYU, '02). Appointed to her current post in June of 2018, Barber served as an assistant coach at Temple University from 2012 through 2016.
2018-19 RECORDS – Emory starts the weekend with an overall record of 11-5 (2-3 UAA). The Eagles split a pair of home dates last weekend, dropping a 71-57 outcome to Case Western Reserve on Friday before bouncing back to snap a three-game losing streak when they came away with a 56-51 decision over Carnegie Mellon University. Senior Ashley Oldshue and junior Allison Chernow tied for team scoring honors at 13.0 points apiece, with Oldshue ranking as Emory's top performer on the glass (8.5 rpg).
Emory is 4-2 at home and 7-3 in road/neutral contests.
Brandeis comes to town aiming to snap a three-game losing streak that has dropped its overall record to 6-9, 2-3 in league play. Last weekend, the Judges hosted and dropped decisions to Chicago (71-62) and Washington University (101-67). BU is 2-4 in away games and 4-5 at home.
NYU will take an overall slate of 10-6 (2-3 UAA) into a Friday night game at Rochester. Last weekend, the Violets hosted and split a pair of games, losing to Wash U, 76-61, before regrouping to earn a 66-62 overtime verdict over Chicago. NYU starts the weekend having split eight road contests while registering a 6-1 mark at home.
SERIES RECORDS – In a series that saw the first game played on Jan. 20, 1989, Emory holds an all-time record of 32-27 vs. Brandeis. The Eagles have been victorious in four of the last five match-ups and won both meetings last season, 53-39 in Waltham, Mass., and 57-50 in Atlanta. Emory stands 19-11 vs. the Judges in games that have been played at the Woodruff PE Center.
The series between Emory and NYU also has its roots in January of 1989 with the Violets holding the upper hand by a 42-17 margin. The teams split two games a year ago, with Emory winning in New York, 69-64, before the Violets came away with a 63-58 triumph in Atlanta. NYU has won 19 of the 30 games at the Woodruff PE Center. Overall, the last six contests have been decided by six or fewer points.
EMORY TRIO TO SERVE AS CAPTAINS – Serving as captains of the 2018-19 Emory women's basketball team are senior Ashley Oldshue (Glenview, IL), and juniors Lindsey Tse (Calabasas, CA) and Erin Lindahl (Yardley, PA).
EMORY DEFENSE STINGY – Heading into the Brandeis game, Emory has held seven opponents to 55 or fewer and five to 50 or fewer points. The Eagles hold down the No. 1 spot in the UAA and rank 79th in the D-III ranks (through Jan. 22) in scoring defense at 56.5 points per game.
In addition to that statistic, Emory is second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.353).
EAGLES SHARP AT THE STRIPE – Emory has been consistent from the foul line this season, converting 70 percent or better of its free throw opportunities in 12 contests (9 games of 80 percent or higher). Last weekend, Emory was successful on 12-of-16 from the stripe vs. Case Western before going 6-for-6 against Carnegie Mellon.
On the year, the Eagles are connecting at a 76.7 percent (194-of-253) clip, good for the No. 2 spot in the UAA and 7th nationally.
Allison Chernow stands as the team's top marksman from the foul line, connecting on 86.2 percent (56-of-65) of her attempts, good for a second-place tie on the UAA ladder and 35th in D-III. Ashley Oldshue ranks seventh on the conference ladder in that department at 79.7 percent (59-of-74).
REBOUNDING A KEY FOR THE EAGLES – After being outrebounded in its three previous outings, Emory finished the Carnegie Mellon game with a 42-30 edge on the glass, the ninth time this year it recorded an edge in that category and the eighth occasions where it enjoyed a double-figure advantage. Entering the Brandeis game, the Eagles are third in the league in rebound margin (+5.3).
Emory sports a 9-0 won-lost mark when outrebounding the opposition this year and shows a 42.3-28.2 advantage in such contests. When the Eagles have been outboarded, they stand 2-4 with a 40.3-33.3 deficit.
EMORY STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF – The Eagles have outscored 13 opponents over the second half of play this year, six of those by 10 or more points. Over the last nine outings, Emory posts a 327-257 (36.3-28.6) scoring advantage over the final two quarters of action. In those last seven contests, the Eagles have shot 45.7 percent (119-of-260) from the field in the second half vs. 30.5 percent (79-of-259) for the opposition.
OLDSHUE REACHES 1,000 CAREER-POINT PLATEAU – Ashley Oldshue became the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in a career when she finished the Agnes Scott contest with a game-high 14 points.
Needing nine points to reach 1,000, Oldshue joined that exclusive club when she converted a bucket with 7:15 in the second quarter. She closed out the night seven-of-11 from the floor.
Career-wise, she stands 8th on the school's all-time scoring derby with 1,125 points, 30 shy of tying Savannah Morgan (2010-14) for the No. 7 spot.
RIPLEY GIVES BOOST OFF THE BENCH– Sophomore Blair Ripley has been a sparkplug off the bench for the Eagles and will enter the weekend averaging 17.7 minutes, 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting 47.1 percent (40-of-85) from the floor and has been successful on seven-of-14 three-point field goal attempts. She is third on the club with 14 blocked shots and has grabbed six or more rebounds on eight occasions, leading or sharing for team honors in that category five times. She has grabbed 10 or more boards on three occasions this year, most recently against Chicago (Jan. 13) when she snagged a game-high 11 caroms.
In the 70-52 victory at Rochester (Jan. 5), Ripley registered her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards
OLDSHUE CONTINUES CONSISTENCY – Ashley Oldshue starts weekend game having scored in double figures in her last 12 and in a total of 15 contests. Oldshue tops the club in scoring with a 16.1 points-per-game average, good for the No. 4 spot on the UAA ladder, and her team-high 55.3 percent showing from the field (99-of-179) is second in the league and 30th in D-III (through Jan. 22). Oldshue has converted 50 percent or better from the floor in 10 contests and is shooting 56.5 percent (56-of-99) over her last eight games. Her 16-point, 11-rebound outing against Case Western last Friday marked her third double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
In addition to her scoring and field goal percentage rankings, Oldshue also finds herself among the UAA's top 10 in rebounding (6th, 7.4 rpg), free throw percentage (7th, .797), blocked shots (1st, 2.3 bpg) and offensive rebounds (4th, 2.9 orpg).
Career-wise, Oldshue has produced 60 double-figure scoring contests and has 14 performances of 20 or more points to her credit, most recently a career-high tying 28 in the win over Rhodes (Dec. 29). She has 566 rebounds and stands 13th on the school's all-time ladder in that category. Ashley is climbing up the program's career ladder for free throws with 276 makes at the stripe, good for third place and just two shy of tying Lora Turner (2005-09) for second. Finally, her 103 career blocked shots is second all-time at Emory, just one shy of tying Alicia Moore's (1994-98) first-place standard of 104.
CHERNOW A THREE-POINT THREAT – Allison Chernow has knocked down a team-leading 32 three-point field goals and her average of 2.0 treys per game is good for fifth place on the UAA chart. Chernow, who has eight outings with two or more triples this year, has been successful on 36 percent (32-of-89) of her attempts from beyond the arc with that effort slotting her sixth among league players.
Career-wise, Chernow is tied with Sally Goldberg (1996-99) for 11th on the program's career list with 82 three-point field goals.
TSE DIRECTS EMORY OFFENSE – Lindsey Tse has guided the Emory offense with a steady hand this year, ranking first in the UAA and 10th (through Jan. 22) in the D-III ranks with an average of 6.1 assists per game. Tse has dished out seven or more assists on six occasions this year including a career-high tying 11 vs. Birmingham Southern back on Dec. 8. Tse also holds down the No. 2 position among D-III players in assist/turnover ratio (4.22).
Tse has moved into 4th place on Emory's career chart with 360 assists and her 5.45 per-game average ranks as the No. 1 mark in school history.
NOTES – Allison Chernow checks into the weekend with a five-game double-figure scoring streak to her credit and her 14.0 points-per-game average in UAA play is 10th on the league ladder … Overall, Chernow, who has produced nine double-digit scoring performances this season, ranks ninth on the conference's overall scoring ladder (13.0 ppg) … Erin Lindahl's 10 points against Case Western last Friday represented her eighth double-figure scoring performance of the season and 30th of her career … Lindahl has an 11-game streak of three-point field goals, tying the program's 13th-longest mark … Lindahl ranks 18th on the UAA chart in overall scoring average (9.8 ppg) … Senior Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod has seven games this season (31 in her career) with 10 or more points … Jackson-Sherrod is 11th among UAA cagers in field goal percentage (.445, 61-of-137) … The Eagles have outshot 13 opponents from the floor this year … Nine of Emory's wins have been by 10 or more points and it is No. 1 in the UAA and 78th nationally in scoring margin (+11.1) …The Eagles are doling 16.6 assists per game, with that effort placing them second in the UAA and 39th among all D-III programs (through Jan. 2) … Emory reserves have scored 20 or more points on seven occasions … Molly Weiss finished with eight points off the bench in the win against Carnegie Mellon last Sunday, and her two triples in that contest represented her fourth performance with two or more treys.