Basketball Women Hold Off Maroons, 72-66

Brianna Zook attempted six free throws, helping EMU to 35 attempts for the game. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Brianna Zook attempted six free throws, helping EMU to 35 attempts for the game. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Tied at the end of the third, the Eastern Mennonite women's basketball team stormed back in the fourth quarter en route to a 72-66 victory over host Roanoke College on Saturday afternoon. The Royals (12-8/7-5 ODAC) return to Yoder Arena on Tuesday evening, hosting Shenandoah for a 7:00pm tip. 

The Maroons opened the game with a 12-5 run and held a five-point lead at the end of the quarter. 

RC jumped out again early in the second quarter until the Royals scored on three straight possessions, including back-to-back treys from Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va. / Thomas A. Edison) to bring the score to 18-18 with 6:30 remaining. Roanoke scored the next four, but EMU responded with an 8-0 spurt to come back on top at 26-22 with 2:20 remaining. The women nearly had a five-point cushion heading to the lockers, but the Maroons used a three-pointer at the buzzer to come with two for a 29-27 halftime score. 

The third period was back and forth with neither team able to open up a sizeable lead; however, Roanoke used an 8-3 run to open the half, making it 35-32 at the 7:44 mark. Myneshia Walker (Freeman, Va. / Brunswick) and Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge) answered after scoring on back-to-back possessions, sparking an 11-2 run to regain the lead at 43-39. 

The remaining 2:42 of the third was plagued by fouls and free throws, slowing the game to a 49-49 tie heading into the fourth quarter. Tied at 51, the Royals went on a commanding 12-1 run to pull ahead 63-52 with seven minutes to go in the game. The Maroons came within three at 69-66, but Krisak went one-for-two from the stripe followed by a pair of Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) free throws to earn a 72-66 win in Salem, Va. 

Krisak led all scorers with 13 points, while Walker finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Brianna Zook (Harrisonburg, Va. / Broadway) pulled down seven rebounds and added 11 points. 

EMU held a slight 39.6% to 38.3% advantage from the floor, and had a +9 margin in boards.