LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- A valiant effort from the Covenant women's basketball team fell short on Tuesday night as the Scots suffered a 75-63 defeat to Emory inside Barnes PE Center.
Covenant drops to 1-2 on the year, while Emory goes to 3-1.
Facing a team with a height and a strong inside presence, Covenant was within striking distance until a run in the fourth quarter from Emory put the game out of reach. Joanna Smith led the Scots with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Jessica Bell scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Taylor Robinson and Kaley Hallmark added nine points each.
Ashley Oldshue, Emory's 6-foot-2 center and preseason All-American, was stifled early but finished with 18 points and five rebounds. Erin Lindahl had 15 points and a game-best 12 points to record a double-double off the bench. Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod had 12 points and Lindsey Tse 11 points and seven assists for the Eagles.
Covenant led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Scots scored the first two baskets of the night, a 3-pointer from Emma Grimes and a layup from Smith, to go ahead 5-0. Covenant led 10-4 after a conventional three-point play from Bekah Walter. The lead grew to 16-7 on a Raquel Rosa layup with 2:13 left in the period, but Emory would end the quarter on an 8-0 run.
The Scots maintained a lead for much of the second. A Grace Potter 3-pointer gave the Scots a 30-22 lead with 5:37 left before halftime, but a scoring drought would ensue as Covenant went nearly five minutes without scoring. During that time, Emory made a run and took a 34-30 lead, capping a 12-0 run with a Jackson-Sherrod jumper. Emory led 36-34 at the break.
Emory led for the rest of the game, but Covenant kept it close. The Scots trailed 54-48 heading into the fourth quarter after a Bell offensive rebound and putback with 28 seconds left in the third. In the fourth, Covenant got as close as 56-52 after a Smith jumper with 8:33 left, but Emory rattled off eight straight to build a 12-point lead.
Covenant connected on 42.9 percent (24-of-56) from the field and 11-of-15 at the free throw line. Emory shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the floor and held a slim 35-34 rebounding edge. Emory assisted on 22 of its 32 made field goals.
Covenant will have a week off before traveling to take on Birmingham Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. EST.
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