A double-double by senior Allison Chernow and a school record by sophomore Tori Huggins in blocked shots were not enough Friday night as the Emory University women's basketball team was handed its first loss of the 2019-20 season, losing to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 64-54 at the Roberts Pavilion in Claremont, CA.
Chernow picked up her first double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as she played the entire length of the contest. Huggins logged a season-high 32 minutes as she poured in 12 points while drilling the first two three-pointers of her campaign. Huggins was a force defensively, tallying a program single-game record with seven rejections to go along with seven rebounds including five on the defensive glass. Senior Erin Lindahl led all scorers with 14 points, her fourth straight game with 10 or more points.
The Athenas were paced by four double-figure scorers, led by Lindsey Cleary's 13 points on six-of-seven shooting. CMS held the edge in overall shooting percentage (40.3% to Emory's 35.8%), rebounds (43-32), offensive rebounds (16-9) and turned the ball over just nine times compared to the Eagles' 15 giveaways.
The turning point in the game was right after the halftime break as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps went on an 11-2 run, which included scoring the first seven points out of the locker room, to open up a nine-point advantage at 40-31. The Eagles stayed within single digits up until the final seconds of the contest but the closest the team got was 45-42 at the 8:41 mark in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will remain in Claremont to wrap up their quick California road trip Saturday afternoon as the team plays Pomona-Pitzer (0-2). Tip off is slated for 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST.