The No. 16-ranked Emory women's basketball received double-figure scoring from three players Sunday afternoon in registering a win at New York University. The Eagles captured their seventh straight game and raised their overall record to 18-2, following a 60-48 decision over the Violets. The win also enabled Emory to move into sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association with a won-lost ledger of 8-1. The setback dropped NYU's overall record to 8-12, 1-8 in the conference.
While NYU held an edge in field goal shooting, sinking 36.5 percent (19-of-52) of its opportunities compared to Emory's 34.3 percent (23-of-67), it proved to be another victim of the suffocating Eagle defense, coughing up the ball on 30 occasions with Emory totaling a season-high 21 steals, tying the fourth-highest game total in school history. Junior Selena Castillo came up with seven of those thefts, the high-water mark by an Emory player this season and tying a host of players for the fourth-highest individual game total by an Eagle in school history.
Offensively, junior Hannah Lilly led the team's scoring attack with 14 points. Among her five makes from the floor were three three-point field goals, which in the process enabled her to establish a school record with 25 straight outings of at least one triple, snapping the previous standard of 24 held by Beth Bergmann. Lilly also snatched a season-high tying seven rebounds while dishing out four assists. Senior Misha Jackson manufactured her seventh double-double of the campaign (16th career) with 12 points along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Danielle Landry rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points while pulling down seven boards and coming away five steals. Junior Savannah Morgan doled out seven assists and helped Emory to a 44-39 margin in rebounding with five boards.
Emory used a 15-7 run over the final 12:11 of the first half to take a 27-17 edge into halftime. Lilly paced the Eagles' scoring effort with 13 points, sinking five-of-11 from the floor, including three-of-five from beyond the arc. While Emory hit just 29.3 percent (12-of-41) of its field goal attempts during the opening 20 minutes of action compared to NYU's 33.3 percent (12-of-41), the Eagles' defense forced 18 Violet turnovers. Castillo spearheaded the effort with six steals in the stanza.
While Lilly shouldered much of the scoring load in the first half, Jackson (10 pts.), Landry (8 pts.) and Morgan (8 pts.) accounted for 26 of the Eagles' 33 points over the final 20 minutes of play. With Morgan starting things off with a trey and Landry adding four points, the Eagles rattled off the first nine points of the second half, growing its lead to 36-17 with 15:34 left in the contest. NYU then countered with a 13-4 charge, capped by a three-point play by Nicole Lem, to slice Emory's cushion to 10 points, 40-30 with 10:58 on the clock. After a three pointer by Rachel Crittenden drew NYU to within eight points, 43-35, Emory punched NYU with a 9-0 blitz, with four different players scoring, to zoom to a 52-35 lead. NYU fought back with a 9-0 charge of its own to narrow the gap to 52-44, but four straight free throws by Jackson keyed an 8-0 Emory sprint that ended any comeback dreams for the Violets.
Emory returns to action on Friday, Feb. 8, when it plays at No. 11 Washington University in a 6:00 pm (CST) tip.