Third Quarter Woes Make Difference For Women

After missing the last two games, Jess Washington scored 13 points off the bench. (photo by Scott Eyre)
After missing the last two games, Jess Washington scored 13 points off the bench. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU basketball women fell to Guilford Saturday afternoon by a score of 73-57. The day was highlighted by Women's Basketball Alumni Day with former coaches and players in attendance who were recognized at halftime.

The Royals play their next game on the road at Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 30. Tip-off for that game is at 7:00pm in Virginia Beach.

The game started out very back-and-forth as the teams traded points until Guilford (14-5/11-2 ODAC) grabbed a 15-11 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter. Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va/ Great Bridge) made a layup and two free throws near the end of the quarter to tie the game back up at 15.

The second quarter was as tight as the first with neither team being able to hold a lead larger than three points. EMU countered with a bucket of their own after each Quaker make before retaking the lead on a three pointer by Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) to give the Royals a 24-21 advantage.  Guilford tied the game back up at 25 with 1:11 remaining, but Emily McCombs (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) drilled a three pointer in the last minute to put EMU up 28-25 heading into halftime.

The Royals opened the second half with a layup by Delawder and it was all Quakers from there. Lindsay Gauldin scored seven of nine Guilford points to take a 34-32 lead. A layup made by Washington tied the game back up before the Quakers scored 10 unanswered points to pull away from EMU and take a 48-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Two free throws by Gauldin gave Guilford a 57-41 lead with 6:22 left in the game. Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) closed the deficit to ten after she completed back-to-back four-point play opportunities making both three-pointers while being fouled, then making both free throws to account for eight EMU points on two possessions to make the game 59-49. But the Quakers responded with a 14-3 run to close out the game.

Guilford shot 49.2% (30-61) from the floor and 17.6% (3-17) from three point range while the Royals shot 37.0% (20-54) and 40.0% (8-20) from behind the arc.

Krisak was the leading scorer for EMU with 16 points while picking up four assists. Washington had 13 points off the bench with 5 rebounds. Delawder scored eight points and snagged seven rebounds and McCombs finished with nine points.

Lindsay Gauldin led Guilford with 22 points and seven rebounds. Miracle Walters scored 19 points.