Second Half Shooting Woes Sink Royals

Lexi Deffenbaugh shot 35% or better from outside each of the last two seasons. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Lexi Deffenbaugh shot 35% or better from outside each of the last two seasons. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU basketball women were within four points of William Peace at halftime, but cold shooting left them with a 77-53 loss in their season opener.

Sunday's game against WPU turned into the Royals' only contest of the weekend after Vermont Tech pulled out of the R-MC Tip-Off Classic in Ashland, Va., due to a small roster size.

Eastern Mennonite returns to action on Wednesday, playing a 6:00pm game at Mary Baldwin University.

Senior Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) hit EMU's first points of the season on a three ball, giving the women an early 3-2 lead. The Royals were up 12-9 after back-to-back jumpers from Constance Komara (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg). But they went scoreless over the final four minutes of the first, allowing William Peace to skip in front, 13-12.

The women stayed close in the second, with the Pacers stayed on top, 32-28.

WPU then scored the first four after the intermission, and hit a couple of threes to stretch the margin to 42-32. The Royals hit a long cold spell at just the wrong time and the Pacers blew the lead up to 23 points.

From there, William Peace rolled to the finish, out-scoring EMU 45-25 over the final 20 minutes of play.

The Royals shot just 16-for-64 for 25%, while WPU was 31-of-70 for 44%.

Making her first start, Komara broke her career high with 14 points, including a pair of three pointers. Deffenbaugh shot 3-of-5 from downtown, adding 11 points. Both Komara and Deffenbaugh were named to the All-Tournament Team following play.

Chloe Roach (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) was good for 10 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Hailey Page (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) grabbed 11 boards.

Khadijah Daniels led WPU's balanced attack with 16 points off the bench. Jaymesha Sanders had 16 points and 15 rebounds.