WINCHESTER, Va. - The Emory & Henry College Women's Basketball Team evened its record at 3-3 on the year and moved to 2-0 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a 67-58 victory over Shenandoah University (1-6, 0-2 ODAC) Saturday afternoon at Shingleton Gymnasium.
It is the first time since January 22 and 25, 2011 that the Wasps have put together back-to-back victories. E&H led for all but 1:54 of the contest and were ahead by double digits for more than 25 minutes of play.
With the score tied 2-2 at the 18:29 mark, Emory & Henry went on a 17-4 run, culminated by back-to-back three-pointers by freshman guard Tenesha Connor (Greensboro, N.C.) and sophomore guard Michelle Williams (Stokesdale, N.C.) to make the score 19-6 with 10:07 remaining. After the Hornets cut the lead to nine (26-17), the Wasps went on a 10-2 run for a 17-point lead. The two squads would trade baskets over the final minute of the half to make the score 38-22 going into the intermission.
After the break, Shenandoah trimmed the margin back to nine (38-29) with seven-straight points, but Emory & Henry responded with a 9-0 run for a 47-29 advantage. The Wasps would increase their lead to 20 on back-to-back baskets by Williams with 11:17 left to play.
Later in the half, the Hornets began to climb back into the game. Down by 18, SU was able to trim the margin to eight (66-58), but were left with only 47 seconds on the clock after the run. Emory & Henry made a pair of free throws for the final 67-58 margin.
The Wasps shot 41.7 percent (25-for-60) for the game compared to just 28.6 percent (18-for-63) for the Hornets. Emory & Henry also held a 48-41 rebounding advantage and won the battle for points in the paint, 36-26.
Freshman forward Karina Farr (Graham, Wash.) led E&H in the victory as she posted her fifth-straight double-double. She had a career-high 24 points and added 13 rebounds and three steals. Williams finished the contest with 11 points and six rebounds as she made three three-pointers.
Shenandoah saw three players reach double-figures in scoring led by Holly Chittenden with 14 points and 17 rebounds to complete the double-double. Crystal Petrus had 14 points of her own while Sara D'Amico added 12 points despite the loss.
Emory & Henry will return home on Wednesday for a 6:00 p.m., matchup with Southern Virginia University. The contest will be the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team.