The Emory University women's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped Friday evening, falling to No. 8 ranked New York University 76-63 in Brooklyn.
A career-best night by NYU's Jenna Walker helped the Violets get back into the win column following an 0-2 record last weekend, turning in a career-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds. With the win, the NYU improved to 12-2 and 2-2 inside the UAA while the loss drops the Eagles to 11-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play.
For Emory, sophomore Morgan Laudick paced the offense with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with classmate Erin Martin recording her second career double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists. Six different Eagles scored eight points or more with Laudick and Martin reaching double figures.
Walker led four Violets in double figures with Belle Pellecchia going for 13 points and both Natalie Bruns and Caroline Peper each notching 11. Bruns had an all-around great performance in the win, nearing a triple-double line with nine rebounds and six assists and was a force on defense with four blocks and a steal.
The second quarter proved to the difference in the first UAA matchup of the weekend, as NYU seized the lead in the middle of the period and maintained it for the remainder of the contest. Following a back-and-forth first quarter where Emory had a 15-13 at the end of it, NYU took control of the momentum with a 19-11 score in the second. A key 8-0 run by the Violets towards the end of the half with the score knotted at 23-23 helped NYU go into the break leading 32-26.
NYU stayed in front in the second half although Emory showed flashes, cutting the score to 40-39 at one point in the third but was quickly thwarted with a 6-0 NYU counter. The Violets' lead swelled to as many as 15 with 4:17 remaining in the fourth but a fast 10-0 run thanks to buckets by Laudick and a pair of steals from Mariane Auza over the next 1:43 gave Emory life, trailing 65-60. Unfortunately, a dagger three by Peper and a steal and score from Pellecchia on the ensuing possessions helped seal the win for NYU.
Next up for the Eagles will be a meeting with the Judges of Brandeis Sunday afternoon in Waltham, MA.