Early Foul Trouble Stings Royals

Precious Waddy scored six points against the Wasps. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Precious Waddy scored six points against the Wasps. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU basketball women lost on the road at Emory & Henry today by a score of 81-53. The Royals fall to 9-12 on the season and 6-8 in conference play.

The women return to action on Wednesday, February 6, at home against Bridgewater at 7:00pm. This game has been designated as the Play 4 Kay Game which will strive to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

The first four points were made free throws by Emory & Henry as foul trouble disrupted the Royals early to start the game. Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) picked up two fouls in the first four minutes that limited her play the remainder of the first half. Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) was next to pick up two fouls in the first quarter, so EMU had to adjust their game to a shorter lineup.

Constance Komara (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) made the first shot of the second quarter as she picked up her teammates in foul trouble. At the 8:10 mark in the second quarter, Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) stole the ball and passed it up to  Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) who made a layup. On the next possession Komara grabbed a defensive rebound then made a jump shot to get the Royals back within five points at 26-21 . Emory & Henry ended the second quarter on a 15-5 run to go into halftime lead 46-31.

The Wasps began the second half similar to how they ended the first, on a scoring run. The Royals were outscored 14-3 with the only made basket coming on an Emily McCombs (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) made three pointer.

EMU looked to the bench for a spark as no starters were on the floor to begin the fourth quarter. Precious Waddy (Richmond, Va./Henrico) scored the first five points for EMU on a made three pointer then two free throws. Jourdyn Friend (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) and Amber Wooldridge (Winchester, Va./James Wood) both added layups in the final minutes for the Royals as both contributed more playing minutes due to the foul trouble.

Emory & Henry shot 40.6% (26-64) from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from three point range as the Royals shot 35.1% (20-57) and 22.2% (4-18) from behind the arc. The Wasps made 23-26 (88.5%) free throw attempts while the Royals made 9-14 (64.3%).

Krisak and Washington both scored 10 points for EMU. Komara scored seven points while snagging five rebounds off the bench.

Taylor Blevins was the leading scorer for Emory & Henry with 14 points and four rebounds.