On Saturday, the Roanoke College women’s basketball team suffered a 71-87 loss to Eastern Mennonite University.
EMU had an explosive first period, scoring 30 points to the Maroons 10. The second period only saw the lead grow. Roanoke went into the half down by 31 points. The Maroons struggled to get any offense going into the second half. EMU’s lead only widened during the third period. Going into the final quarter of the game, the Maroons were down by 36 points, with the score 43-79.
In the fourth period, the Maroons finally started to chip away at EMU’s lead. Roanoke capitalized off turnovers by EMU. Of the 28 points by the Maroons in the final period, 19 came off of turnovers. The Maroons were able to outshoot EMU in the final period 28-8.
While the Maroons finally appeared to show up in the last ten minutes of the game, this was probably in part due to EMU subbing in their third-string players. Coming into the game EMU had done much better in their season overall (12-5) than the Maroons (9-8).
Jamella Foster, junior, was the high scorer for the Maroons with 16 points. She made 4-4 free throws and 6-14 two-pointers.
On Wednesday, the Maroons lost 63-75 at home to Lynchburg College.
Throughout the game it was very close, but Roanoke was never able to take a definitive lead. In the first half the Maroons kept pace with the Hornets but could never overtake them for long. With 1:20 left in the first quarter, Roanoke was able to take the lead twice, but was unable to secure it.
The largest margin in the second and third quarter was seven points for Lynchburg, but the Maroons tried to keep them within two points. During these two quarters though, the Maroons were never able to take the lead or even tie the game.
Three second into the fourth quarter the Maroons were able to tie the game at 48 all. Roanoke was unable to overtake the Hornets. The Maroons frustration was obvious with four fouls in the closing 30 seconds of the game. Lynchburg scored six points off of fouls, increasing their winning margin to 12 points.
Bridget Holleran, junior, made a career high 20 points during the loss, along with five rebounds and five assists. Cary Beahm, junior, also had an impressive show with 19 points and six rebounds.
The women’s team is now 9-10, 5-6 in ODAC. They’re traveling to Shenandoah University this Saturday. Roanoke faced Shenandoah already this season in a landslide 71-46 victory.