Emory Women's Basketball Earns Road Win At Piedmont
Emory freshman Hannah Lilly led four double-figure scorers with 22 points in helping the Eagles to a hard-fought 79-77 win at Piedmont College on Saturday. With the win, Emory boosted its overall record to 4-3 while the Lions slipped to 3-3.
Lilly hit eight-of-12 from the field, including all four three-point opportunities, in racking up her fifth double-figure scoring effort of the year and second of 20 or more points. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles, who posted their first win on the road in three attempts this season, were freshmen Savannah Morgan and Taylor Bruzzio and senior Courtney Von Stein, all of whom totaled 10 points. Von Stein scored the team’s final five points of the game, including a dramatic triple with 38 seconds left that snapped a 74-74 deadlock. After Piedmont missed a three-point attempt, Emory got the rebound and added its final two points of the game with Von Stein knocking down a pair of free throws with 10 ticks left.
Emory outshot the hosts from the field, sinking 41.4 percent (29-of-70) of its attempts with Piedmont checking in with a 38.5 percent mark. Both squads had their long-range shooting skills in focus with Emory hitting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc and Piedmont 50 percent (7-of-14). The Eagles recorded a 46-42 advantage in rebounding and were paced in that department by sophomore Danielle Landry who came away with nine boards.
Emory trailed by as many as nine points on two occasions in the first half and faced a seven-point deficit, 23-16, with 9:37 left in the stanza. The Eagles then rattled off a 12-1 run, with Lilly scoring five of those points, to take a 28-24 lead with 5:16 on the clock. After a trey by Amber Satterfield, who led all players with 26 points, drew the Lions to within one, Emory jumped on the Lions with a 10-0 outburst, with Lilly hitting two treys in the onslaught, which gave it a 38-27 advantage. Eventually, the Eagles enjoyed a 41-32 cushion at the intermission.
Emory led by a 49-41 count early in the second half but a 10-1 Piedmont charged knotted the affair up, 51-51. Baskets by Landry, Morgan and Bruzzio upped Emory’s lead back to six points, but the Lions scored 10 of the game’s next 11 points to jump ahead by a 61-58 margin with 10:54 left. From that point, the game was a nip-and-tuck affair with a total of nine lead changes. Piedmont took a 74-72 lead with 2:32 left following a jumper by Lauren Hamel but Morgan, who scored all 10 of her points in the second half, hit a big jumper that tied it with 1:38 on the clock and setting the stage for Von Stein’s trey a minute later.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday (Dec. 7) when they host Spelman College in a 6:00 p.m. start.