GAME FACTS – The Emory women's basketball team closes out the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 23) when it hosts the University of Rochester.
The Woodruff PE Center on the Emory campus will serve as the site of the 61st meeting between the Eagles and Yellowjackets and tip is slated for 2:00 pm. Prior to the game, Senior Day ceremonies will be held with the program recognizing the contributions of Ashley Oldshue, Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod and Courtney Henrich.
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 31-18.
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.
Jim Scheible (Clarkson, '88) is in his 20th year as the head coach of the Rochester program and posts a school ledger of 378-169. He has guided the Yellowjackets to 12 trips to the NCAA D-III Tournament, which includes advancing the Final Four on three occasions. In 28 campaigns as a head coach, Scheible owns a career record of 519-240.
2018-19 RECORDS – The Eagles check in with an overall record of 18-6 and hold down third place in the UAA with a ledger of 9-4, one game behind second-place Chicago. Emory saw a seven-game win streak snapped last Friday when it dropped a 63-58 verdict at Case Western Reserve. The squad then bounced back to come away with a 57-46 triumph over Carnegie Mellon, raising its away/neutral record to 10-4. Junior Erin Lindahl paced the Eagles' offense with a 16.5 points-per-game average over the two contests, which included a season-high 21 points against CMU.
Emory has won its last four and is 8-2 at home this season. In addition, its win total ties the fourth-highest mark in the 31-year history of the program.
Rochester comes to town with an overall slate of 10-14, 4-9 in the league. The Yellowjackets split a pair of road games last weekend, dropping a 68-54 decision to Carnegie Mellon before earning a 73-63 victory over Case Western.
SERIES RECORDS – In a series that saw the first game played on Jan. 21, 1989, Rochester holds a 35-25 all-time record vs. Emory. Earlier this season (Jan. 5), the Eagles opened the conference portion of the schedule with a 70-52 triumph over the Yellowjackets in Rochester. Senior Ashley Oldshue led the Emory scoring attack with 18 points while sophomore Blair Ripley helped Emory to a 44-30 edge in rebounding by grabbing a team-best 10 caroms.
Emory has won 16 of the 31 contests against Rochester that has been played at the Woodruff PE Center.
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. 18) in scoring defense at 56.4 points per game.
In addition to that statistic, Emory ranks first in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.352), holding eight of its last nine and a total of 18 foes to less than 40 percent this year. In league action only, the Eagles rank first in both scoring defense (58.5 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.364).
LINDAHL CONTINUES HOT STRETCH – Erin Lindahl heads into the Rochester game with a six-game double-figure streak that has seen her average 15.3 points and shoot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from three-point range.
Lindahl set the pace for the team's scoring attack vs. Carnegie Mellon, dialing up a season-high 21 points (second-highest career total), hitting eight-of-11 from the floor including a career-high tying five treys in seven attempts.
Erin has registered double-figure scoring on 15 occasions this year and her 11.3 points-per-game average ranks 12th on the UAA chart. She holds down the No. 3 spot on the league ladder in three-point field goal percentage (.389, 44-of-113).
OLDSHUE CONTINUES CONSISTENCY – Ashley Oldshue heads into the final regular-season game of the campaign the owner of 22 double-figure scoring games this year.
Oldshue paces the club in scoring with a 16.1 points-per-game average, good for fourth place on the UAA ladder and eighth on the program's seasonal chart, and her team-high 53.9 percent showing from the field (151-of-280) is second in the league and 42nd in D-III (through Feb. 18). Oldshue has converted 50 percent or better from the floor in 15 contests. Her 14 points and 11 rebounds in last Friday's Case Western game (Feb. 15) represented her seventh double-double of the campaign and 18th 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 (7th, .776), blocked shots (2nd, 2.1 bpg) and offensive rebounds (3rd, 3.3 orpg).
Career-wise, Oldshue has produced 67 double-figure scoring contests and has 17 performances of 20 or more points to her credit. She has 644 rebounds and stands sixth on the school's all-time ladder in that category. Over the weekend, she became the program's all-time leader with 300 career free throws, bettering Beth Bergmann (2003-07) previous standard of 299.
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 72.7 percent (285-of-392) clip, good for the No. 3 spot in the UAA and 45th nationally. In their 10 home games, the Eagles are shooting 76.4 percent (123-of-161) from the stripe vs. 70.1 percent (162-of-231) in the 14 away/neutral contests.
Allison Chernow paces the team and stands fourth among UAA performers with an 80.6 percent (83-of-103) effort at the stripe while Ashley Oldshue is seventh at 77.6 percent (83-of-107).
REBOUNDING A KEY FOR THE EAGLES – Emory finished with a 41-32 rebounding edge in last Sunday's game vs. Carnegie Mellon, running its record to 15-0 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 second in the league and 81st nationally in rebound margin (+5.5).
In the 15 contests that it has outboarded the opposition, Emory shows a 42.7-30.4 per-game edge.
When the Eagles have been outrebounded, they stand 3-5 with a 40.4-34.1 deficit.
EMORY STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF – The Eagles have outscored 19 opponents over the second half of play this year, 10 of those by 10 or more points. Over the last 17 outings, Emory holds a 628-485 (36.9-28.5) scoring advantage over the final two quarters of action. Over the last 13 contests, the Eagles have shot 45.8 percent (222-of-484) from the field in the second half vs. 30.6 percent (159-of-518) 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 1,254 points, 10 shy of tying Alicia Moore (1994-98) for the No. 5 spot.
EMORY ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS
1. Mandy Jackson (1991-95) 1638 pts.
2. Stephanie Seibert (2000-04) 1339 pts.
3. Lora Turner (2005-09) 1312 pts.
4. Hannah Lilly (2010-14) 1302 pts.
5. Alicia Moore (1994-98) 1264 pts.
6. Ashley Oldshue (2015-SA) 1254 pts.
TSE DIRECTS EMORY OFFENSE – Lindsey Tse has guided the Emory offense with a steady hand this year, ranking first in the UAA and 14th (through Feb. 18) in the D-III ranks with an average of 5.8 assists per game. Tse has dished out seven or more assists on eight 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 (3.14).
Tse has moved into 3rd place on Emory's career chart with 401 assists, 7 shy of tying Amy Carter (1993-97) for second place, and her 5.42 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, averaging 17.2 minutes, 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She is shooting 45.8 percent (60-of-131) from the floor and has been successful on 10-of-23 three-point field goal attempts. She is second on the club with 30 blocked shots and has grabbed six or more rebounds on 12 occasions, leading or sharing for team honors in that category seven times, most recently last Sunday when she totaled eight boards vs. Carnegie Mellon. She has 10 or more rebounds on three occasions this year, most recently against Chicago (Jan. 13) when she snagged a game-high 11 caroms.
Ripley has produced double-figure scoring on five occasions this year, with her most recent effort in that category an 11-point evening against Washington University on Feb. 8.
In the 70-52 victory at Rochester (Jan. 5), Ripley registered her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
OLDSHUE EMORY'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN BLOCKED SHOTS – SETS SCHOOL SEASONAL MARK – Ashley Oldshue's career-high tying six blocked shots in the 60-57 win over Chicago (Feb. 10) enabled her to move into the No. 1 position on the school's seasonal list, passing the previous standard of 43 rejections set by her coach, Misha Jackson, during the 2012-13 campaign. Oldshue, who now has increased her total to 51 blocks, has 14 contests this year with two or more rejections.
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 118 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 47 three-point field goals and her average of 2.0 treys per game is good for sixth place on the UAA chart. Chernow, who has 14 outings with two or more triples this year, has been successful on 34.6 percent (47-of-136) of her attempts from beyond the arc with that effort slotting her 10th among league players.
Career-wise, Chernow is tied with Beth Byron (2000-04) for 8th place on the program's all-time list 97 three-point field goals.
NOTES – Erin Lindahl has a 19-game streak of three-point field goals, tying the program's 5th-longest mark … Allison Chernow checks into the second on the squad and eight among UAA players in scoring average (12.9 ppg) … Chernow is second on the team with 16 double-figure scoring contests … Erin Lindahl has 37 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 10th among UAA cagers in field goal percentage (.425, 85-of-200) … The Eagles have outshot 20 opponents from the floor this year … 13 of Emory's wins have been by 10 or more points and it is No. 1 in the UAA and 80th nationally in scoring margin (+11.2) …The Eagles are doling 16.4 assists per game, with that effort placing them second in the UAA and 42nd among all D-III programs (through Feb. 18) … Emory reserves have scored 20 or more points on eight occasions …The Eagles have recorded 12 or more offensive rebounds in 14 games this year … Emory has fewer turnovers than the opposition in 11 games.