Late Half Runs Give Royals 10-Point Win At Hollins

Jonae Guest already has four games with double digit rebounds this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Jonae Guest already has four games with double digit rebounds this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's basketball women displayed a nice inside-outside game Wednesday night, earning a 60-50 road win at Hollins University. The Royals hit eight three-pointers, balanced with a career effort from center Jonae Guest (Dumfries, Va./Potomac), as they improved to 7-4 / 2-1 ODAC.

The women stay on the road this weekend, playing at Randolph College. Game time in Lynchburg, Va., is 2:00pm.

Wednesday's game saw the Royals score first before a cold spell of nearly six minutes allowed Hollins (4-7 / 0-3 ODAC) to take a 9-2 lead. EMU finally got back in front after back-to-back threes from Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial), but Hollins scored last to hold a 13-12 lead at the first period break.

In the second, neither team led by more than two points until Eastern Mennonite made a late push. Deffenbaugh put through her third triple of the half to end a 7-0 run, giving the Royals a 33-26 edge at the break.

The opponents traded points in a low-scoring third, which ended as it started with EMU leading 43-36 going into the final 10 minutes.

Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) canned a pair of three balls to provide the Royals' only offense over the first 6:45 of the fourth, as Hollins came marching back to within 49-47. But Guest grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled on the putback, converting a momentum-changing three-point play to turn things around.

The 6-2 senior added another three-point play on EMU's next possession, triggering an 11-0 run to put the game away. Hollins wouldn't score again until a three in the final minute, providing the final 60-50 margin.

Guest finished with a double double, scoring a career high 16 points and coming one shy of her career best with 14 rebounds. She shot 5-for-10 from the floor and made good on all six of her free throws. Deffenbaugh went 4-7 from long range and added 13 points.

Chloe Roach (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Delawder finished with 10 tallies. Myneshia Walker (Freeman, Va./Brunswick) pulled down eight rebounds.

Sally Sroge topped Hollins with 13 points and seven rebounds. Lachrisha Hill had 15 rebounds and 10 points.