GAME FACTS – The Emory women's basketball team aims to continue its winning when it embarks on its final road weekend of the regular season. On Friday (Feb. 15), the Eagles venture to Case Western Reserve before wrapping up the two-game set with a Sunday afternoon tilt against Carnegie Mellon.
Horsburgh Gym on the Case Western campus will be the site of the 52nd match-up between the Eagles and Spartans and that contest will tip at 6:00 pm. On Sunday, the scene shifts to Carnegie Mellon's Skibo Gymnasium where Emory and the Tartans will battle for the 61st time starting at 2:00 pm.
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 30-17.
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.
Jennifer Reimer (Lycoming, '94) is in her 12th year as the head coach at Case Western. During her stint with the Spartans, she has produced seven winning campaigns and ranks as the program's winningest coach. In 22 seasons as a head coach, which includes stops at Mount Union and Allegheny College, Reimer has amassed a career mark of 294-260.
In her eighth campaign patrolling the Carnegie Mellon sideline is Jacquie Hullah (Cal State Fullerton, '78). Heading into a Friday evening home contest against Rochester, Hullah posts a school ledger of 109-97. In 20 years as a head coach, Hullah stands 266-250.
2018-19 RECORDS – Emory has won its last seven contests and stands 17-5 in overall action. The Eagles are tied with Chicago for second place in the UAA with a ledger of 8-3, two games behind Washington University.
The Eagles came through with a pair of solid home performances last weekend, defeating No. 21 Washington University, 75-66, and No. 17 Chicago, 60-57. Senior Ashley Oldshue was named UAA Player of the Week after averaging a team-high 20.5 points and a team-high tying 8.0 rebounds over the two contests. Oldshue topped the team with 21 points in the Wash U affair before registering her sixth double-double of the campaign, a 20-point, 13-rebound afternoon against UC.
Emory's overall record ties the 1994-95 and 1997-98 squads for the second-best 22-game record in program history (2012-13 club stood 19-3 after 22 contests). Emory is 8-2 at home and 9-3 in road/neutral contests. In addition, its win total ties the fifth-highest mark in the 31-year history of the program.
Case Western Reserve hosts Emory with an overall slate of 13-9 and stands 5-6 in league play. Last weekend the Spartans took to the road where they dropped an 83-72 verdict to New York University before bouncing back for a 67-55 triumph over Brandeis. CWRU starts the weekend with a 3-4 effort on its home floor.
Carnegie Mellon matches up with Rochester on Friday with an overall record of 11-11, 2-9 in the conference. The Tartans hosted and defeated Brandeis, 67-58, last Friday before dropping a 61-52 decision to NYU on Sunday. CMU stands 3-5 in games played on its home floor.
SERIES RECORDS – In a series that saw the first game played on Dec. 3, 1988, Case Western holds an all-time record of 27-24 vs. Emory. Earlier this season (Jan. 18), the Spartans ended a four-game losing skid to the Eagles when they posted a 71-57 victory in Atlanta. Case Western has won 16 of the 27 contests against Emory that has been played on its home floor.
The series between Emory and Carnegie Mellon also has its roots in December of 1988 with the Eagles holding the upper hand by a 39-21 margin. Emory has emerged victorious in the last three meetings, including the first meeting of the campaign, a 56-51 outcome in Atlanta. The Eagles claim a 16-14 edge over CMU in games that have been played in Pittsburgh.
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 this weekend's action, Emory has held nine opponents to 55 or fewer and seven to 50 or fewer points. The Eagles hold down the No. 1 spot in the UAA and rank 86th in the D-III ranks (through Feb. 11) in scoring defense at 56.6 points per game.
In addition to that statistic, Emory ranks first in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.350), holding its last seven and a total of 17 foes to less than 40 percent this year. In league action only, the Eagles rank first in both scoring defense (59.3 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.361).
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 14 contests (9 games of 80 percent or higher).
On the year, the Eagles are connecting at a 74.0 percent (273-of-369) clip, good for the No. 2 spot in the UAA and 29th nationally. In their 10 home games, the Eagles are shooting 76.4 percent (123-of-161) from the stripe vs. 72.1 percent (150-of-208) in the 12 away/neutral contests.
Ashley Oldshue paces the team and stands fourth among UAA performers with an 80.8 percent (80-of-99) effort at the stripe while Allison Chernow is one spot behind at 80.6 percent (79-of-98).
REBOUNDING A KEY FOR THE EAGLES – Emory finished with a 47-33 rebounding edge in last Sunday's game vs. Chicago, running its record to 14-0 this year when finishing a game with superior numbers in that department. The Eagles have outrebounded 11 opponents by 10 or more boards and enter the weekend first in the league and 74th nationally in rebound margin (+5.9).
In the 14 contests that it has outboarded the opposition, Emory shows a 42.9-30.2 per-game edge.
When the Eagles have been outrebounded, they stand 3-4 with a 40.1-33.9 deficit.
EMORY STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF – The Eagles have outscored 18 opponents over the second half of play this year, 10 of those by 10 or more points. Over the last 15 outings, Emory holds a 565-427 (37.7-28.5) scoring advantage over the final two quarters of action. Over the last 13 contests, the Eagles have shot 47.0 percent (199-of-423) from the field in the second half vs. 31.3 percent (140-of-446) 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 6th on the school's all-time scoring derby with 1,229 points, 35 shy of tying Alicia Moore (1994-98) for the No. 5 spot.
TSE DIRECTS EMORY OFFENSE – Lindsey Tse has guided the Emory offense with a steady hand this year, ranking first in the UAA and 12th (through Feb. 10) in the D-III ranks with an average of 5.8 assists per game. Tse has dished out seven or more assists on seven occasions this year including a career-high tying 11 vs. Birmingham Southern back on Dec. 8. Tse also holds down the No. 5 position among D-III players in assist/turnover ratio (3.37).
Tse has moved into 3rd place on Emory's career chart with 391 assists, 17 shy of tying Amy Carter (1993-97) for second place, and her 5.43 per-game average ranks as the No. 1 mark in school history.
RIPLEY GIVES BOOST OFF THE BENCH– Sophomore Blair Ripley has been a sparkplug off the bench for the Eagles and enters the weekend averaging 17.0 minutes, 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting 47.5 percent (57-of-120) from the floor and has been successful on 10-of-22 three-point field goal attempts. She is second on the club with 29 blocked shots and has grabbed six or more rebounds on 11 occasions, leading or sharing for team honors in that category six 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.
Ripley came through with her fifth double-figure scoring effort of the season in last Friday's win over Wash U, totaling 11 points one three-of-six field goal shooting while making all four of her free throw attempts. Ripley also finished tied for second on the team with seven rebounds and paced all players with three blocked shots. She followed that by blocking three more shots and snatching five caroms against Chicago on Sunday.
In the 70-52 victory at Rochester (Jan. 5), Ripley registered her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
LINDAHL PICKING UP THE PACE – Erin Lindahl starts play this weekend with a four-game double-figure streak that has seen her average 14.8 points and shoot 45.4 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range.
Lindahl tied Ashley Oldshue for team scoring honors with a season-high 20 points in last Sunday's win over Chicago, with that mark tying her second-highest career total. Lindahl has registered double-figure scoring on 13 occasions this year and her 10.8 points-per-game average ties her for 13th place on the UAA chart. She holds down the No. 5 spot on the league ladder in three-point field goal percentage (.363. 37-of-102).
OLDSHUE CONTINUES CONSISTENCY – Ashley Oldshue starts weekend game having produced 20 double-figure scoring games this year. Oldshue paces the club in scoring with a 16.5 points-per-game average, good for a third-place tie on the UAA ladder and sixth on the program's seasonal chart, and her team-high 55.2 percent showing from the field (140-of-248) is first in the league and 20th in D-III (through Feb. 10). Oldshue has converted 50 percent or better from the floor in 15 contests and is shooting 59.4 percent (41-of-69) over her last six games. Her 20 points and 13 rebounds represented her sixth double-double of the campaign and 17th 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 (5th, 8.0 rpg), free throw percentage (4th, .808), blocked shots (2nd, 2.2 bpg) and offensive rebounds (3rd, 3.1 orpg).
Career-wise, Oldshue has produced 65 double-figure scoring contests and has 17 performances of 20 or more points to her credit. She has 626 rebounds and stands tied for sixth on the school's all-time ladder in that category. Ashley is climbing up the program's career ladder for free throws with 297 makes at the stripe, good for second place and just 2 shy of tying Beth Bergmann (2003-07) for first.
OLDSHUE EMORY'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN BLOCKED SHOTS – SETS SCHOOL SEASONAL MARK – Ashley Oldshue's career-high tying six blocked shots in last weekend's win over Chicago enabled her to move into the No. 1 position on the school's seasonal list with 48 blocked shots. Oldshue passed the previous standard of 43 rejections set by her coach, Misha Jackson, during the 2012-13 campaign. So far this year, Oldshue has 13 contests with two or more blocks to her credit.
Oldshue became the program's all-time leader in blocked shots on Jan. 27, vs. NYU, with her two rejections pushing her career total to 105, one better than Alicia Moore's (1994-98) previous standard of 104. Entering this weekend's action, she has compiled 115 blocked shots during her career. Oldshue and Moore are the only two players who have cracked the 100-blocks mark during their time as Eagles.
CHERNOW A THREE-POINT THREAT – Allison Chernow has knocked down a team-leading 42 three-point field goals and her average of 1.9 treys per game is good for seventh place on the UAA chart. Chernow, who has 12 outings with two or more triples this year, has been successful on 35.0 percent (42-of-120) of her attempts from beyond the arc with that effort slotting her seventh among league players.
Career-wise, Chernow is tied with Shellie Kaniut (2013-17) for 10th place on the program's all-time list 92 three-point field goals.
NOTES – Erin Lindahl has a 17-game streak of three-point field goals, tying the program's 7th-longest mark … Allison Chernow checks into the second on the squad and ninth among UAA players in scoring average (12.9 ppg) … Chernow is second on the team with 14 double-figure scoring contests … Erin Lindahl has 35 career performances of 10 or more points … Senior Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod has nine games this season (33 in her career) with 10 or more points … Jackson-Sherrod is 7th among UAA cagers in field goal percentage (.439, 82-of-187) … The Eagles have outshot 19 opponents from the floor this year … 12 of Emory's wins have been by 10 or more points and it is No. 1 in the UAA and 70th nationally in scoring margin (+11.9) …The Eagles are doling 16.7 assists per game, with that effort placing them second in the UAA and 32nd among all D-III programs (through Feb. 10) … Emory reserves have scored 20 or more points on eight occasions …The Eagles have recorded 12 or more offensive rebounds in 13 games this year … Emory has fewer turnovers than the opposition in nine games.