Jackson Leads Emory Women's Basketball To Win At No. 19 Rochester
Junior Misha Jackson led five double-figure scorers with 19 points and the Emory women's basketball team closed out the 2011-12 regular season Saturday afternoon with an impressive victory at No. 19-ranked Rochester. The Eagles raised their overall record to 18-7, 9-5 in the University Athletic Association with a 79-68 decision over the Yellowjackets who slipped to 19-6 overall, 8-6 in the league. The Eagles clinch sole possession of third place in the conference, the program's highest showing since 1997-98 when that squad finished third with a 9-5 ledger.
Jackson sank nine-of-18 from the floor en route to registering her 21st double-figure scoring performance of the season. In addition, she snatched a game-high 11 rebounds, her eighth double-double of the campaign. Jackson had plenty of help offensively with sophomore Hannah Lilly chipping in 17 points that included three-of-six shooting from three-point range. Senior Becca Feldman and junior Danielle Landry each totaled a dozen points while sophomore Savannah Morgan tallied 10 points in the victory. Morgan also doled out four assists and in the process established a school seasonal mark with 142, bettering the previous standard of 139 assists held by Amy Carter (1994-95).
Both teams shot 40 percent from the floor with Emory converting 27-of-68 field goal attempts while UR sank 25-of-63 tries. The Eagles shot an even 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc, the first time this season it had reached that mark in conference play, and made the most of their trips to the charity stripe, sinking 17-of-18 attempts.
A three-pointer by Lilly in the opening moments of the second half gave Emory a 40-33 lead. The Yellowjackets stayed within striking distance and eventually went ahead , 52-51, with 13:30 on the clock following a bucket by Loren Wagner. A triple by Blair Landolfi put UR up by a 57-56 margin with 10:42 remaining, but Emory seized control of the contest from that point with a decisive 13-0 burst, with Jackson and Feldman each scoring five points in that stretch, and Lilly adding a three-pointer, to claim a 69-57 lead with 6:34 left. After the Yellowjackets scored back-to-back buckets to draw to within eight, baskets by Landry and Lilly pushed Emory's lead back to 12 points, 73-61 with 2:13 on the clock. From there, the Eagles sealed the decision by going six-for-six at the foul line the remainder of the game.
Behind 12 points and nine rebounds from Jackson, the Eagles held a 37-33 advantage at halftime. The Eagles led for the majority of the stanza and had nine-point leads on three occasions, including a 35-26 advanatge with 4:37 left following a basket by Landry. Landry totaled eight first-half points while Feldman chipped in seven points. Rochester shot 39 percent from the floor (13-of-33) and was led in scoring by Michelle Ketchum's eight points. Ketchum would lead UR's scoring attack for the game with 16 points.
Emory's 18 wins this season are the most for the program since 1996-97 when that team compiled a 20-7 slate.