Junior Hannah Lilly led all players with a season-high tying 21 points in sparking the Emory women's basketball to a victory over Huntingdon College Monday afternoon in the team's final non-conference game of the regular season. The No. 18 Eagles boosted their overall record to 10-1 following an 88-44 decision over the Hawks who slipped to 5-7.
Lilly sank seven-of-11 from the floor, including three-of-six from three-point range, in running her streak of scoring in double-digits to 16 games. Her offensive output allowed the Mercer Island, Wash., native to move into the No. 11 spot on the school's all-time scoring chart with 874 points, just two points from sliding into 10th. Junior Savannah Morgan played a brilliant floor game, doling out 11 assists, tying the fourth-highest individual game total in school history, and contributing 11 points. Rounding out the team's double-figure scorers was senior Misha Jackson with 10 points. Junior Selena Castillo came through with a solid all-around contest, picking up eight points, four assists and a team-leading four steals, her ninth performance of multiple thefts this year.
Emory ended the afternoon hitting 43.7 percent (31-of-71) of its field goal attempts and held the visiting Hawks to just 28.3 percent (15-of-53), the eighth time this season the Eagles held an opponent to less than 40 percent. Emory amassed a 51-34 bulge in rebounding and were paced in that category by three players who grabbed six caroms, seniors Danielle Landry and Katie Dickerson and junior Lauren Ball.
Emory never trailed in the game, rattling off the game's first nine points in the opening 1:50 of the contest. After a three-pointer by HC's Raven Prater, cut the Eagles' lead to 21-13, Emory exploded with a 15-1 run, with eight points coming from Lilly, to bolt to a 36-14 lead with 6:31 left in the first half. With Lilly scoring 17 points, Emory took a 49-24 margin into halftime.
By the time the dust had settled, 13 of the 14 Emory cagers who saw action scored while a dozen found their way into the rebounding column. The win upped the Eagles' home record to 8-0 on the year and allowed them to tie the 1994-95 squad for the best 11-game start in school annals.
Emory returns to action next Saturday (Jan. 5) when it opens the University Athletic Association portion of the schedule at the University of Rochester.