EMU has announced the resignation of head women’s basketball coach Kevin Griffin, effective August 31. He has accepted a position as the connections minister for the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene.
The season came to a close for EMU’s basketball women Monday night, dropping a 76-68 decision to Shenandoah University in an ODAC Tournament First Round game. The Royals got as close as three points in the final minute before SU iced the game at the free throw line, earning the mild upset in the tourney’s #8/#9 game.
EMU’s basketball women finished off the regular season in style Saturday night, shooting past Hollins by a final of 71-37. The win snaps a three-game skid and gives Eastern Mennonite a home game in the first round of next week’s ODAC Tournament.
The first six minutes of the game could not have gone much worse as Virginia Wesleyan scored the first nine points. In the end, that game-opening spell was too much to overcome, as EMU’s basketball women suffered a 67-59 road loss to the Marlins.
Some nights the ball just will not go through the net, and Tuesday was definitely one of those nights for the EMU basketball women. The Royals connected on just five field goals in the first half and shot a season-low 25% in a 61-36 loss to Shenandoah.
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 7:00 tip.
When Lindsey Krisak hit a three pointer just 1:07 into play, no one had an idea what was to come. Led by Krisak and Lexi Deffenbaugh, EMU’s women unleashed a nearly historic air attack in rolling to a 72-55 road win at Hollins University Tuesday night.
Visiting Emory & Henry shot lights out in the first period and made the margin stick as they handed EMU’s basketball women an 81-72 loss on Saturday. Despite playing a good game, the Royals suffered their third straight loss as they emerge from a tough stretch in their schedule with a record of 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the ODAC.
For the second time in the past four games, EMU’s basketball women laid down a stifling defensive performance, only to lose by simply giving up too many offensive rebounds. They held visiting Virginia Wesleyan to just 28% shooting, but the Marlins crashed the glass for 21 offensive rebounds to sneak out with a 53-51 decision.
The first few minutes of Saturday’s game at Guilford went OK, but things quickly went downhill. EMU’s basketball women had their second-lowest scoring output of the season in a 68-43 loss in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday as the Quakers proved the statistics correct as the best defensive team in the ODAC.
As a team, EMU’s women dominated the boards, 50-35. Individually, much of that was triggered by the motor of junior Jess Washington, who racked up a career high 20 rebounds, including seven offensive, as the Royals beat rival Bridgewater, 72-67.
EMU’s basketball women nearly erased a 17-point deficit before eventually falling 54-41 to Lynchburg College Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg. The Royals held LC to just 25% shooting but couldn’t keep them off the offensive glass as the two ODAC favorites split their season series.
The Royals turned on the defense in the second half to get past visiting Randolph-Macon Saturday afternoon, gritting out a 60-54 win. Eastern Mennonite allowed just 22 points after the intermission in improving to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the ODAC.
A 10-0 start gave EMU the space they needed in a 75-66 win over Rosemont College Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg. The non-conference win is the fourth in a row for the Royals, as the women head into their Christmas break with a record of 6-3.
EMU’s basketball women took over early and rolled to a 96-25 win over Trinity (D.C.) University Saturday afternoon at home. The Royals shot 45% from the floor, including 12-of-26 from outside, and got points from 18 of the 19 women who played.
Lindsey Krisak hit a left-handed floater in the lane with 8.7 seconds left to give the EMU basketball women a 59-57 win over Randolph Tuesday night in Harrisonburg. The final bucket pushed Krisak to a season-high 17 points as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak.
After shooting nearly 60% from the floor over the first three periods, EMU’s basketball women hit a cold spell at the wrong time. The Royals shot a shade over 30% in the final 10 minutes of Tuesday’s game at Frostburg State, being out-scored by 10 in the frame en route to an 81-67 loss.