Post-Christmas Season Starts With 93-40 Win At Cairn

Sophomore Shakeerah Sykes broke her career high in rebounds and finished with 13 points and 13 boards.

The Royals had no problems getting back into form after the Christmas break, as they returned from a two-week lay-off with a 93-40 win at Cairn.  Eastern Mennonite shot a season-high 51% from the floor and never trailed the Highlanders.

After scoring just three points over the first three minutes, the women went on a 35-6 run to open up a 38-9 lead.  EMU led 51-21 at halftime and only played their starting five less than five minutes in the second half.

The Royals controlled the game and connected on 39-of-76 shots for 51.3%.  They were also 6-19 from three-point range and 9-16 from the free throw line.  EMU held Cairn to just 26% shooting and had a massive 46-25 advantage in rebounding.  The women also forced 32 turnovers, compared to just 16 of their own.

Shakeerah Sykes (Dumfries, VA/Forest Park) led the way off the bench with her first double double.  The sophomore charted 13 points and 13 rebounds, with the rebound total being a career high.  Steph Rheinheimer (Manheim, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) canned four triples and tallied 15 points.

Kala Yoders (Myerstown, PA/Eastern Lebanon County) and Jess Rheinheimer (Manheim, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) each finished with 12 points, while Yoders added nine boards.  Keyla Baltimore (Bristow, VA/Brentsville District) had a game-high five assists.  Alicia Ygarza (Conestoga, PA/Penn Manor) added four helpers.

The Eastern Mennonite women improve to 5-4 with the road win.  They return to Yoder Arena for a date with St. Mary's (MD) on Wednesday.  Game time is 7:00pm.