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Defense Leads Women To Rout Of Fellow ODAC-Leading Hornets

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Four teams entered the day tied atop the ODAC women’s basketball standings at 4-1, but at least one would fall on Saturday.  Eastern Mennonite made sure it would not be them, as they topped fellow ODAC-leader Lynchburg 68-53 on the road.

After a tight start to the game, the Royals blew open a big lead.  The women used a 12-5 run to build up a 27-18 cushion.  Then after a Hornet bucket, EMU turned on the defense, forcing four turnovers and a missed shot.  In less than two minutes, the Royals scored nine unanswered points to explode the lead to 36-20.

Lynchburg surged over the final minutes of the half to get within 38-31 at the break, but the women gained momentum right back at the start of the second.  EMU got an offensive put-back from Bianca Ygarza (Conestoga, PA/Penn Manor) to open the frame, then back-to-back steals and layups from Alisa Brown (Dumfries, VA/Forest Park) and Keyla Baltimore (Bristow, VA/Brentsville District) to push the lead into double figures.

The Royals dominated the second half, and pushed the lead up to 21 points when Raiven Patterson (Pulaski, VA/Pulaski County) made the score 61-40 with an offensive put-back with 7:59 to go.  It was coasting from there, as EMU’s defense won the day.

The women forced a whopping 27 turnovers and had a 56% to 41% advantage in shooting.

Seven players scored between seven and twelve points in a balanced attack for EMU.  Ygarza had 12 counters, five rebounds and four assists.  Shakeerah Sykes (Dumfries, VA/Forest Park) also scored 12.

Baltimore finished with 11 points and three steals, while Brown added nine tallies and four steals.  Kala Yoders (Myerstown, PA/Eastern Lebanon County) also had four picks.

Now 9-5 overall and 5-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, EMU stays in a first-place tie with Guilford and Bridgewater.  The Royals play on the road Tuesday, travelling to Ashland to take on Randolph-Macon.

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