Quakers Pull Away From EMU Late

Jess Washington scored 14 points against Guilford. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Jess Washington scored 14 points against Guilford. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU basketball women lost a nail-biting game at conference opponent Guilford Saturday by a score of 62-57.  The Royals are on the road again on Tuesday when they travel to Southern Virginia for a non-conference matchup at 7:00pm.

EMU shot well from the field at 41.1% (23-56) making more shots than the Quakers who shot at 42.0% (21-50), but lacked in free throws made as Guilford shot 75% (18-24) from the line compared to the Royals 60.0% (6-10).

The teams played even basketball through the first quarter as Guilford took a 14-12 lead early in the game. Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) led the offense for the Royals scoring eight of EMU's first quarter points.

The Royals kept it close in the second quarter eventually taking the lead with 5:52 on the clock after a three-pointer from Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial).  The Quakers would come back to take a lead and carry it into halftime with the score at 28-26.

EMU would not be in front again until Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) made a layup early into the fourth quarter to give the Royals a 43-42 lead. Guilford eventually found separation going on a 7-0 run to build their lead to the largest of the game at 57-49 with 1:53 remaining.

The Royals climbed back to get within two points of the Quakers who held a 57-55 advantage with 46 seconds left to tick. Guilford made their next basket to bring the lead back to four and made foul shots down the stretch to hold off the EMU comeback.

Washington led the Royals with 14 points and added six rebounds. Lexi Dean (Elkton, Va./East Rockingham) had four blocks and five rebounds to go along with her 10 points off the bench. Krisak finished the game with 12 points and four assists.

Lindsay Gauldin was a key contributor for the Quakers earning a double-double scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds.