The Emory University women's basketball team saw their losing streak snapped on Sunday afternoon defeating the Chicago Maroons 64-57 marking head coach Misha Jackson's 100th career win.
The team improves to 17-5 on the season and now sits 7-4 in the conference with the win. Graduate student Claire Brock paved the way for the Eagles with 17 points and 16 rebounds, her career-high, posting her first double-double of the season. Junior Daniella Aronsky continued her scoring run posting 15 points on the day with two assists while fellow junior Morgan Laudick followed with 13 points and four rebounds.
The Eagles took advantage of points from the field shooting 38.2 percent compared to the Maroons' 27 percent. Emory was able to hold Chicago to just 11.1 percent from beyond the perimeter and scored 19 points from off the bench. The team was also efficient at the line shooting 79.2 percent while the Maroons shot 75 percent.
Laudick opened up the game for the Eagles in the first quarter making a layup in the first minute before the Maroons answered with three points of their own to take the lead. A free throw from junior Erin Martin tied the game at three with 7:10 on the clock before Brock came out of the gate with seven points broadening Emory's lead to 10-5 with 4:42 remaining. Both teams were held scoreless until the 2:50 mark with Brock making a jumper to take a 12-5 lead but the Maroons answered with a three pointer to close the gap. After back to back free throws from Chicago, Emory held onto a slight 12-10 advantage after the first quarter of action.
Chicago came out of the gate swinging in the second quarter going on a 4-2 run to tie the game at 14 but Brock came in once again to give Emory the lead. Freshman Alexandra Loucopoulos was able to take advantage of a foul later in the quarter making a free throw followed by a layup from Aronsky to give Emory a 21-15 lead with 4:03 on the clock. The game went scoreless again before sophomore Lily Kennedy and senior Paige Gross finished out the second quarter with a combined eight points giving Emory a 29-19 lead heading into the locker room.
The Maroons were able to outscore the Eagles in the third quarter but Emory was able to stay ahead. Kennedy and Laudick started the quarter for the team with five points before a three pointer from Aronsky widened the gap for the Eagles once again with 5:54 on the clock. Chicago went on a 9-3 run in the final five minutes of the third quarter with Maroon's standout Marissa Powe going on a scoring run of her own but Emory still held a 42-34 advantage heading into the final quarter of the game.
The final quarter was a scoring match between the two teams with Chicago outscoring the Eagles 23-22. Laudick and Aronsky both started the quarter for Emory but the Maroons were able to take advantage of free throws in the first three minutes. After cutting Emory's lead to just seven points, the Eagles called a timeout to regroup and came out strong forcing fouls from the Maroons' defense. Two free throws from Aronsky gave the Eagles an 11-point 54-43 lead with just 3:57 remaining in the game. With Emory holding a 58-49 lead with two minutes on the clock, the Maroons went on an 8-6 run in the final two minutes but the Eagles took the game 64-57 and celebrated Jackson's milestone.
Emory will hit the road on Friday, February 16 at 5:30 PM to face the Case Western Reserve Spartans in Cleveland, OH before traveling to Carnegie Mellon on Sunday, February 18 to play at 2:00 PM.