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.
The Royals shot just 27.8% in the game, their lowest mark of the year. Guilford is tops in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in both scoring defense (50.7ppg) and field percentage defense (32.3%).
EMU had won the last 10 regular season meetings between the two teams, with GC last winning a double overtime game in January of 2011.
Eastern Mennonite slides to 10-6 overall and 5-3 in the ODAC. The women are in the three-way tie for fourth, one game behind another three-way tie of Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon and Guilford at 6-2.
The Royals are hoping to get their offense back on track with a pair of home games next week, hosting Virginia Wesleyan Tuesday night at 7:00pm, followed by Emory & Henry on Saturday.
Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) helped the women take the first lead in Saturday's game, canning a three pointer in the second minute. They held Guilford to just two points on their first four possessions before things started to come unraveled in the fifth.
TJ Jacobs got inside for a layup with a foul, heading to the free throw line for one toss. She missed it, but after a pair of offensive rebounds, the Quakers got another bucket to wrap up a four-point possession for a 6-3 lead. The Royals, meanwhile, went cold and connected on only two more field goals the rest of the period, trailing 16-8 at the break.
Krisak and Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) hit back-to-back threes early in the second to get EMU within 18-14, but Guilford responded with an 18-3 run over the next six-plus minutes, blowing open a 36-17 cushion. The lead stood at 43-19 at halftime.
The Royals finally put up a solid offensive frame in the third, scoring 17 points, but could not mount any momentum as GC matched the bucket for bucket. EMU needed a huge second half, but the Quakers narrowly won the last two frames, 25-24.
The home team had a few more rebounds and a few less turnovers, and simply shot better than the Royals, 42% to 28%.
Krisak finished 3-for-6 from outside for a team high nine points. Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) grabbed 12 rebounds, but managed only eight points on ten shot attempts. Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) had ten boards and six points. Second-leading scorer Myneshia Walker (Freeman, Va./Brunswick) struggled with foul trouble and her shot, ending up scoreless.
Jasmine McBride scored 17 for Guilford to lead all players. Essence Abraham added 12 off the bench. Lauren Ramsey had 14 rebounds and eight points.