A new era started in a familiar way Tuesday night, as the EMU basketball women rolled past visiting Apprentice by a final of 69-41.
It was the first win for new Coach Jenny Logan, but returning players did most of the damage on the court, led by senior Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison). Krisak drilled all four of her triples before halftime en route to 14 points, five assists and three steals, all team highs. Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) opened her junior campaign with a double double, hitting for 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) added 12 points and six rebounds.
The Royals came up empty on their first six possessions of the season before a Delawder three pointer started things up. Krisak nailed a pair of long balls to bump the lead to 13-6 and the women never looked back.
The lead ballooned to as many as 24 points in the second period, where it stood at halftime. A buzzer-beating offensive putback by freshman Lexi Dean (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) put EMU's lead at 41-17 at the break.
Some lineup changes in the third opened the door for the Builders, who used a prolonged 10-0 run to trim the margin to 44-27, but the outcome was never in doubt as Eastern Mennonite started the Logan Era with a W.
Krisak's 4-for-8 performance from three-point range led a 9-25 team effort. Five other Royals each hit a three. Delawder and Washington combined to shoot 9-for-15 from the floor to form a deadly duo inside.
Freshman Constance Komara (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) had a successful debut, hitting all six of her free throw attempts on her way to nine points and five boards. Dean finished with five rebounds, four points and two blocks in her first game.
The Royals held Apprentice to 24% shooting (16-67) and out-rebounded their guests 57-39.
Aquazia Jones led the Builders with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
EMU hits the road this weekend, playing at the McDaniel Tip-Off Classic in Westminster, Md. The women get Widener Friday night at 8:00pm, followed by the host Green Terror Saturday at 4:00pm.