DECATUR, Ga.—A return home from a long trip provided a tough result as area rival Emory stormed out to a first-half cushion and held off the Scotties over the final 20 minutes to take a 53-40 win.
The Scotties fall to 1-7 on the season entering USA South play next week against Piedmont. Agnes Scott has dropped seven in a row after a thrilling start to the season against Rust College. Emory improves to 5-3 overall and snaps a two-game losing streak in the process.
After Ashley Park (Santa Clara, Calif.) put the Scotties on top with an elbow jumper fewer than two minutes in, Emory went on a 24-2 run spanning nearly 15 minutes of game in the first half. Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) and Park stopped the run with buckets on back-to-back possessions to make it 24-8 with five to go. Both teams added a bucket in the final minute of the first half, breaking a four-minute drought on the scoreboard.
Grant and Park combined for all 10 points for the Scotties in the first half, who struggled to take care of the ball with 19 giveaways in the opening 20. Emory turned that into 14 points.
The Eagles countered with an even attack on offense led by Azzaria Jackson-Sherrod (New Hope, Minn.) with eight points.
Emory extended out its lead to 42-18 entering the final quarter when Agnes Scott put together a furious offensive showcase over the final 10 minutes to cut the deficit. Natasha Banks (Douglasville, Ga.) and Grant combined for 16 of the Scotties 22 points in the fourth to make things more interesting at the end.
Jackson-Sherrod led the way for the Eagles with 12 points, while Erin Lindahl (Yardley, Pa.) added another 11. The Eagles forced 42 turnovers committed by the Scotties for 25 steals, a season-high on both sides of the equation.
Grant's and Bank's eruption in the fourth gave them 17 and 11 points respectively. The Scotties outrebounded the Eagles by a slight 34-31 edge and blocked five shots on the day. Agnes Scott held Emory to a season-low in points.