Senior Ashley Oldshue led four double-figure scorers with 21 points in sparking the Emory women's basketball team to a big Friday evening home win over Washington University. The Eagles won their sixth straight game and raised their overall record to 16-5, 7-3 in the University Athletic Association, following a 75-66 triumph over the 21st-ranked Bears who saw a nine-game win streak fall by the wayside and their overall slate to 15-6, 9-1 in the league.
Emory shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, over the final two quarters in outpointing WU by a 45-34 margin. Over the last two stanzas, the Bears connected on 34.4 percent (11-of-32) of their field goal opportunities, including 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from distance.
Oldshue tallied all 14 of her second-half points in the third quarter, hitting seven-of-eight field goal attempts, that spearheaded the Eagles to a 26-11 scoring bulge. Emory held a 41-39 edge before closing out the final 4:38 of the frame on a 15-4 flurry, with Oldshue scoring six points in that run and Erin Lindahl knocking down a triple, to claim a 56-43 cushion heading into the final 10 minutes of play. The Bears scored the first five points of the final quarter to draw to within eight before a three-pointer by Blair Ripley and four points from Allison Chernow accounted for a 7-3 Emory spurt that upped its lead to a dozen points with 6:24 on the clock. Emory would lead by as many as 13 points, the final time with 3:27 on the clock after a pair of makes at the foul line by Chernow, but a 9-2 WU charge that was aided by Emory going just two-of-eight from the foul line in that stretch, cut its deficit to six points with 1:05 remaining. However, Emory held off the comeback bid by regrouping to sink five of its last six free throw tries.
Chernow chalked up 15 points, her 10th straight and 14th double-figure performance of the campaign, while Lindahl chipped 12 points, knocking down three treys in the process. Ripley closed out the double-figure scorers for the Eagles with 11 points, the fourth time this season she cracked double digits.
Emory finished the game 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor and was successful on 40 percent from distance. The Eagles held a 39-38 edge in the rebounding category with senior Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod pulling down a game-high nine boards. WU closed out 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from the field and 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from three-point range. The Bears' Madeline Homoly led all players with 24 points.
In a fast-paced and entertaining first half that featured 10 lead changes and four ties, the Bears took a 32-30 edge into halftime. A three-pointer by sophomore Molly Weiss gave the Eagles a 13-8 advantage with 3:38 left in the first quarter, but WU responded with a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by five points from Homoly, to claim a 15-13 edge. A three-pointer by Oldshue allowed Emory to regain the lead at 16-15 with 1:35 left, but WU scored six of the quarter's last eight points to enjoy a 21-18 margin. Buckets by Chernow and Lindsey Tse to open the second frame pushed the Eagles ahead by a 22-21 count, and Emory extended its lead to 28-25 with 6:08 on the clock following a pair of charity tosses by Ripley. WU countered with five unanswered points, ignited by a three-pointer by Stephanie Botkin, before a jumper by Ripley with 3:35 left knotted the score at 30-30. The Bear's Becca Clark-Callender then accounted for the final scoring of the half with 2:25 remaining converting a layup. Homoly paced the WU scoring attack with 13 points while Oldshue tallied seven points to lead the Emory effort.
Emory returns to action on Sunday when it hosts No. 17-ranked University of Chicago in a 2:00 pm tip.